In a world where more people are becoming aware and concerned about the impact of human activity on the environment, businesses have the responsibility to ensure that they are eco-friendly. Over the past few years, companies in the construction industry have recognized the various problems with pollution that construction processes can cause. This is why a good number of the companies have made a conscious decision to move towards sustainable building.
The design process
Eco-friendly policies and practices in the construction industry start during the design process. Today, there is high demand for green buildings, a factor that has led construction companies to ensure that the designs of buildings are well thought out. Construction companies are going for energy efficient electrical systems, HVAC and promote water conservation practices.
Energy efficient equipment
Many construction companies are now choosing equipment that is designed and made to be sustainable. This ensures that the equipment uses up less energy and emits less waste during the entire construction project. In some cases, companies have chosen equipment that uses renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower. In the long run, energy efficient equipment will not harm the environment.
Low-impact building materials
Eco-friendly practices go beyond construction equipment to cover even the building materials. While in the past manufacturing building materials consumed a lot of energy, the trend has changed over the years. Today, construction companies are keener on using materials made from recycled resources. What could previously have been waste is now being put into good use, helping to reduce pollution as well as the costs of construction.
Construction site waste management
Any construction site will generate huge volumes of waste. In an effort to conserve the environment, some construction companies are looking for ways to reduce the waste being generated, store all materials properly, reuse old materials, recycle and ensure proper disposal of such waste. Whether it is metal, roofing materials, glass or drywall, it takes proper planning to achieve proper waste management.
From paper to technology
Construction works involve a lot of paperwork. However, construction companies are getting rid of paper documents and adopting technology to minimize waste. Using technology also helps to save time and boost productivity.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Construction companies are continuously coming up with innovative ways and approaches of achieving green building and ensuring environmental conservation. As we go into the future, it is expected that the companies will offer training to staff in order to have more eco-friendly policies and practices.
Dixie Somers, the author of this post, is a Freelance Writer.