New Zealand has some of the highest environmental points in the world. With the help of the building industry, the United States can get there too. Thanks to many earth-conscious people in the construction industry, the business of building is beginning thinking green. Here are 7 fantastic ways the construction industry is going green.
Recycling Building Waste
Copper, steel, aluminum, plastics and other materials are recyclable. These materials are now more than ever recycled from construction sites. Instead of paying to haul these materials off to the dump, now construction companies can actually get money in exchange for the materials.
Using Sustainable Energy Sources
Wind turbines, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and more include the many amazing sustainable energy sources that can be used. The construction business has worked hard with smart individuals to come up with the best inventions for creating sustainable energy. Businesses and houses use up a lot of energy, sustainable energy sources saves money and the environment.
Resilient Design Plans
A couple of places in the United States suffer from major natural disasters. Places on the East Coast of the US suffer from Hurricanes. The west coast suffers from earthquakes, fires, mudslides and flooding. There are two ways the construction company’s help in these situations. First, the resilient design plans build with disasters in mind so the buildings can withstand these types of catastrophic events. The other help in this area is by building in any one of the many states in the US that have less activity in the ways of major natural disasters.
Sustainable Building Materials
Instead of buying brand new materials, construction companies are buying recycled materials. Reclaimed wood is a big trend right now. Reclaimed wood also looks absolutely beautiful. Reclaimed wood is simply wood that comes from old buildings or any source of wood that had been used before. Many businesses are saving money and helping by using recycled materials in their buildings.
A Zero Net Energy building produces just as much energy as it uses. This way it is not taking from the environment but running alongside of it. In some cases, buildings end up producing more energy than they use.
Smaller is More Energy Efficient
The smaller the building built, the less energy used to light it, cool it, heat it and take care of it. By builders minimizing size and maximizing space, they save materials and overall energy.
Energy Saving Landscaping
Working with landscapers, builders can landscape homes, offices, and buildings to save the most amount of water and air condition and heat use.
The safety of our future is greatly improved thanks to the sustainable practices of some construction businesses.