An increased concern towards energy saving, waste reduction, and space efficiency has put the construction industry at the very forefront of implementing sustainable building designs. Whether the construction site is residential, commercial, or industrial, developers have begun implementing new strategies to create greener structures that have significantly impacted the environment and human health. Take a look at how building developers, owners, and managers are bringing sustainability into their building designs!
Consider Investing in Renewable Energy Sources
For starters, the demand for energy is growing worldwide and with the dwindling reserve of fossil fuels, renewable energy continues to gain momentum as part of a solution to be energy independent. Nowadays there are several alternatives to creating energy such as wind energy, hydro energy, or solar energy which could help your company optimize their total savings as well as reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, “wind power now produces nearly 5% of U.S. energy, and in some states, wind farms can produce as much as 50% of needed energy at peak loads,” said Tom Wacker, Chief Operating Office of Construction and Real Estate at Mortenson. Overall, being efficient helps reduce waste, energy, fuel, water, and other natural resources.
“Energy-related projects provided more than 2 million construction jobs in 2016, representing 31% of the total construction workforce.”
Optimize Building Space
Another way of achieving design sustainability is through having accurate measurements of the space so that you can reduce the overabundance of unutilized construction materials. Having an accurate estimate of the amount of material that you will be using to complete your project will help prevent situations need of Lighting, for example, is one of the many factors that brings a significant opportunity to reduce operating costs, improve occupant performance, and reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Also, using space-saving furniture can help bring in more customers as you make the space seem less crowded, drawing in more customers.
Reduce Construction Site Waste
Additionally, construction sites always generate a considerable amount of waste which can range from cardboard, glass, metal, insulation, roofing, drywall, and flooring, but in most cases, these materials can be repurposed and reused! The environmental benefits of adopting sustainability in construction can help clear noise pollution, reduce carbon emissions, and sometimes offer a faster turnaround time. In addition, sustainable building designs improve the productivity of labor, ensure a healthy work environment and reduce the impact on the environment.
Implement New Construction Equipment
Lastly, using newer construction equipment can help you reduce the amount of time at your work site and can also use fuel and electricity more efficiently in the long run. Several new devices have gained the capability of measuring machine health, fuel consumption, productivity, cycle segmentation, and other parameters which can prepare the work site from seeing any unforeseen circumstances. It never benefits anyone when a project has to pause because of an error or malfunction, so to avoid any risks or additional costs, investing funds into new equipment can end in amazing long-term savings.