Looking at the great natural disasters of 2017, it’s clear we all need to do our part to preserve the planet. Construction businesses are in a great position to contribute to conservation efforts, so why not take on that responsibility? You’ll not only gain a positive reputation, you’ll help the planet and well-being of its inhabitants (i.e. us).
Why Should Your Construction Business Care About Going Green?
A quick recap of the extreme weather we’ve seen in 2017:
- Repeated large-scale hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, etc.
- Wildfires sweeping up the west coast
- Continuously melting Arctic
Further, gas emissions rose for the first time in 3 years, increasing the likelihood that scientists’ worst-case-climate-change predictions will come to be.
Looking to reverse this frightening trend? Do your part and take steps to creating an eco-friendly business. Read further for some important tips.
Be Less Disruptive of Mother Nature
Strive to build in spaces with lower agricultural and ecological value. This way, you’re reducing the disruption of natural environments. Use local plants in your planting schemas and create nest boxes and breeding sites to maintain the area’s current biological state.
Going smaller is better. It reduces the energy and emissions used within the structure after construction and requires less materials to make during. It also has a reduced impact on the local environment.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
From the design to the construction itself, there are a number of ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Design the structure to use less carbon. During the project, work hard to reduce the carbon you use.
Use Responsible Materials (Responsibly)
Be green in more than just your work. Use eco conscious materials as well. Work with suppliers that have environmentally friendly (and ethical) business practices. Be further responsible by using less materials to get the job done.
Insulation for the Win
Considering heating and cooling are significant expenses on energy bills, good insulation can be a way to combat this expense and its impact.
Install Water Conserving Fixtures
Low flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets are all eco-friendly alternatives to normal water running fixtures. Washing machines and dishwashers that use less water are options as well. Your finished construction projects can be marketed as green and your business will gain a green reputation as well.
Speaking of Water… Save During Construction
Use water efficient equipment. Also, set water consumption goals. You can then measure your water consumption and determine whether or not you’ve met these goals. Make adjustments accordingly.
Lights: Another Way to Reduce Utility Bills
LED and CFL lights, like low flow water fixtures, are other great installations during a construction project.
Brighten Up With Solar Panels
Solar panels promote greener energy after the project is complete. It’s both clean and renewable. Although they can be costly, it’ll save the building owners money in the long run.
Don’t Waste Away
Careful planning can reduce the amount of waste during a project. Last minute changes can mean materials go to waste. Whatever waste you do create, think of creative ways to reuse it.
Small Steps, Major Impact
The more green steps you implement, the greater the impact. If the construction industry accepts some responsibility in making the world a greener place, it can help the planet become sustainable for years to come.
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