In recent years, green construction practices have not only become more widespread but also more cost-effective and easy to implement as well. A construction company doesn’t have to be completely overhauled in order to easily exercise the following green construction practices for numerous benefits.
Salvaging and repurposing material from older buildings
If the material composing an older building on-site is close enough to the material requirements of the desired end product, those materials can be salvaged instead of demolishing the entire structure right away. Repurposing the material of a structure invites far less potential for pollution through demolition debris dispersal.
Recycling site material
Site managers can coordinate with local waste haulers to establish a systematic arrangement for hauling off unused material. Systematically organizing the collection of recyclable construction site material can minimize the impact of whatever debris is generated by on-site operations.
Localized material sourcing
In addition to reaching out to local haulers for recyclable material collection, the construction team’s material acquisition can be localized as well. Locally sourcing materials cuts down on the financial and environmental impact of shipping, making it one the best ways to both save money and go green at the same time.
Targeted pollution control techniques
Preventative measures against all pollution hazards can be optimized with specifically targeted risk controls. To reduce air contamination, dust buildups can be prevented by soaking mineral-based construction materials prior to breaking them; this ensures that the dust goes to the ground instead of escaping skyward. To cut down on aquatic pollution, manholes can be sealed with filters to reduce the risk of any runoff contaminating subterranean water systems.
Higher employee productivity
Not only do green construction practices improve the efficiency of material use, but also the occupants of the building itself. Employees in buildings made with green construction practices have been shown to become more motivated, reliable and accountable on green commercial construction sites. Occupants of buildings made with green construction practices have been also shown to have a better health outlook overall.
Green construction practices not only apply to the construction of a building, but also the resources used to maintain it. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, buildings that are made with green commercial construction practices are far more energy-efficient due to the lower costs required to keep them operational.
The benefits of green commercial construction practices are significant, numerous and well-documented. With the proper application of green construction practices, a construction company can save money on material sourcing, benefit the occupants of its finished buildings, and support the health of the environment all at once.