Companies today have been embracing the philosophy that without sustainability, we may not have a bright future at all.
According to the World Bank, the waste generation rates continue increasing due to population growth and urban areas growth. With its current rate, the amount of trash that countries produce are only expected to rise to as much as 70 percent between 2016 and 2050! The volume of construction waste generated worldwide every year, according to a report from Transparency Market Research, will nearly double to 2.2 billion tons by 2025 if new practices aren’t adopted to help reduce the amount of waste produced. Take a look at 4 easy steps to Go Green on the Construction Site!
Reducing your paper consumption is one of the best ways to begin your environmental revolution. Consider with all of the blueprints that your company prints annually. Paper requires an abundance of raw wood to be created, and even recycled paper still requires several chemicals and fresh water to be produced. So, digital copies would be your best bet when it comes to tracking plans, communicating, and keeping records.
Lean construction is, in essence, a different way of thinking about construction – one in which you evaluate your process much more carefully with an eye to where you can maximize efficiency, reduce waste, and optimize every step of the way. According to the Journal of Architectural Engineering, it has been proven that Lean construction has resulted in dramatically less of an environmental impact by reducing material waste by 64%. The Lean Construction Institute has developed 6 principles, the Tenets of Lean.
- Respect for the Individual
- Removal of Waste
- Generation of Value
- Focus on Process and Flow
- Optimization of the Whole
- Continuous Improvement
Becoming LEED certified is one of the biggest steps you can take. Its important to note that LEED certifications are not applied to companies or individuals. They must apply for certification and submit proper materials for each buildings. Once your project is approved, you can call your building LEED-certified, which increases its value and proves your commitment to the environment!
Lastly, you can look into implementing new environmentally friendly construction materials, processes, and structures. Each acclimation can lead to incremental savings which can add up over time.
A few materials you can explore include:
–Bioconcrete and laminated timber
-Passive heating and cooling
-Reduction in the use of toxic materials