Are you curious about leaving a smaller carbon footprint during your next construction project?
It’s becoming more urgent than ever to go about life in sustainable and eco-conscious ways.
With global population growth on the rise, it’s important to be mindful about how we implicate the environment in every building project.
Luckily, there are many ways you can minimize your environmental impact this next construction project–and boost your efficiency at the same time.
Read on to learn more about what you can do to think of the earth when you’re building.
1. Choose Locally Sourced Materials For Your Construction Project
This is the first huge step you can take toward implementing an eco-conscious construction project. While you may be limited in the type of materials you can source, prioritize materials from local providers.
Supporting local providers reduces overall carbon footprint by eliminating a need for global carriers. You’ll be able to collect supplies right from downtown instead of requiring a boat, plane, or diesel truck to transport them for you.
This can cut down on carbon emissions in general and reduce the amount of energy your project uses for completion. It also means boosting your own local economy and enabling small businesses to thrive.
In addition to locally sourcing your supplies and materials, opt for sustainable materials as much as possible. Sustainable and eco-friendly materials won’t be made with any harsh chemicals and will keep renewable and recyclable energy at the fore.
2. Seek Out Alternative Energy Sources
When it comes to construction, energy is an asset. You need to power vehicles, machines, and more to get the job done.
But you can get the power you need through alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power. Solar grids and panels can power up any generator for construction use.
You may also want to investigate EnviroSep process cooling.
Wind power can also be harnessed to suit your energy needs. When it comes to the actual project itself, make sure you integrate alternative energy sources for the building’s future use.
These can be in the form of solar panels or photovoltaic and energy efficient windows. Depending on the property and project, you may be able to install wind turbines to supplement this energy source.
3. Be Mindful of Waste & Recycling Opportunities
Construction projects are notorious for generating a lot of waste. This is particularly the case if they involve demolishing a building or prior structure before construction.
Many times demolition projects just leave slabs of concrete and panels of splintered wood in the earth. But this is wasteful and can release toxic chemicals into the earth through run-off and decay.
If you are demolishing something in your project, consult local suppliers and recycling companies to make sure you can take care of the waste in a mindful manner.
Plenty of companies will cart away used wood and metal piping, for example, for refurbishing or other recycling opportunities.
Throughout the project, recycle anything and everything you can. Brief workers on permitted waste and set up containers for recycling of plastic, metal, and glass.
4. Limit Your Chemical Usage
Countless construction materials are made up of toxic chemicals or rely on chemical processes to be made.
The best way to have an eco-friendly construction project is to limit your use of and reliance upon these chemicals. You can do this by investing in materials and supplies that are strictly chemical-free.
Take insulation, for example. This is a part of literally every structure out there, and many insulation materials are flammable, composed of toxic chemicals, or worse.
But there are plenty of insulation options that are chemical free, such as hemp, denim and wool insulation, and more.
You can also check out clay-based paints that are non-toxic, countertops made of recycled glass or even paper, and bamboo flooring.
On the job site be sure to keep chemicals away from your construction zone. This includes finishes and varnishes as well as cleaning chemicals.
5. Bring the Green To Your Project
Depending on the project, you can literally bring green into your construction zone as a way to support the environment.
Designing your project with green in mind welcomes the earth into your construction and uses land in a sustainable way. You can do this by incorporating greenhouses or even green roofs. Green roofs, in particular, can double as insulators.
Other popular options include bird-friendly designs, which seek to eliminate deaths of birds by collision into buildings. If you have a parking lot as part of your construction design, try to implement a run-off system that can collect toxic run-off from lot residue and dispose of it properly.
You can also design a project with efficiency in mind. This may mean space that can double or triple in its usage, such as an outdoor shower that is linked to a patio greenhouse.
6. Consider Transportation
Most construction projects require a lot of materials and supplies that have to be transported to the construction site. Transportation during construction projects alone can leave a huge carbon footprint, especially because most vehicles are diesel powered.
As you’re planning your project, cut down on transportation needs as much as possible. You can do this by limiting trips to suppliers or making bulk orders from providers.
Also, consider a shuttle service for your workers.
If you do need a lot of trucks and larger vehicles to complete your project, investigate more efficient fuel options. This may mean looking into electric powered vehicles or fuel with higher ethanol content.
Once again, source from local providers as much as possible as a way to limit overall transportation and energy costs.
Your Guide to an Eco-Friendly Construction Project
It’s essential to take the environment into consideration when starting a new project. The construction industry itself relies on a lot of energy, but it is possible to reduce your carbon footprint during your next construction project.
Always invest in sustainable and chemical-free materials that you can source locally. Reduce the amount of transportation you need to get between providers and the building site and rely on alternative energy sources as much as possible.
You’ll also want to limit your waste and elevate your recycling efforts.
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