When it comes to building a new commercial or residential location, it’s important to consider all the sustainable construction options available. In the past, only certain specialty contractors were considered “green” builders. Nowadays, around one-third of all builders in the U.S. strive to work with sustainable building materials.
So, as a builder, what do you need to know to make sure you’re staying on target an updated with all the green options out there? There are five different sustainable construction options you should keep in mind when you’re wanting to go green in your design options. Check them out below and see how you can take your company to the next level of green building.
Start with On-Site
Make sure to start with your project where it begins, on the job site. Consider the amount of waste that your typical construction site produces. It is a massive amount. So, start with the job site and reducing the waste you produce on your location. You can do things such as making sure to buy items in bulk to reduce the packaging waste. Try to use reusable containers on site to help you reduce the waste you produce. When your subcontractors are on-site, ask them to use scrap materials for the job instead of cutting up new products. Consider working with a contract firm to pick up the recyclable materials off the site so there is always clean up going on.
Know Your Code
As with all parts of construction, there are codes and regulations to follow when you truly want to go green with all your construction practices. One of the difficult parts is knowing which codes count and which are not important. There are a variety of national, local, and international standards and codes to use during this process. Be sure to do your due diligence in seeking out these regulations and understanding which ones you need to follow.
Conserve and Manage Water Usage
Water conservation is another hot-button issue on construction sites. One way you can help reduce water usage is by using recycled water on the site. This can help to reduce the overall amount you need for job site usage. You can also consider options such as low-flush toiletry systems to reduce water usage, audits of the water and how it’s being used on a regular basis and using reclaimed water for items that are not necessary for ingesting the water.
Consider the Future
Green is not just a trend, it is where the future is headed. In recent studies, families stayed home more days than they did in the years past. That means they need to rely on their homes to be more energy conserving than before. Make sure that you’re using the materials needed, such as ICF homes or house wraps, to make those energy conservation needs possible. Some home materials can not only stand up to hurricane-force winds, they can withstand fires, create noise-reduction and use very little energy in the process.
Consider Off-Site Engineering
A huge part of the time spent on a job site is wasteful time. It is little items that can really wreak havoc on a schedule. One consideration is to have off-site engineering capabilities. This would mean you can construct the majority of a home or building off-site and put it together at the location when most of the construction is completed. Not only does this increase time efficiency, it reduces waste on the job-site itself.