Green construction (sustainable building) is becoming more popular due to people becoming more consciously aware of the importance to take care of the environment thanks to the green movement. In some countries, governments support green building by offering some form of funding.
Unfortunately, green construction is not yet exclusive and this might be because the public perception of green building is not explicit. Construction companies however, are making an effort of becoming greener which will hopefully encourage green building to the fullest. If people understand the technology and techniques behind green construction, then maybe they will understand that building green does not mean lower quality.
The main aim when building sustainably is that the structure, as well as the building process, is environmentally friendly and resource-efficient. This involves the building’s life-cycle from siting, design, building, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
The ecological footprint will be long-term when building a new building or home, therefore the design gets appraised carefully. Natural ventilation and light are important when designing an eco-friendly home. Energy efficient HVAC and electrical systems incorporated into the design are a must have. Good insulation will help the home be more energy-efficient as well. When designing a green home, one should carefully plan the layout to avoid building rooms that will not get used, for the sake to preserve more space for nature.
Low-impact Building Materials:
Energy consumption in the building process is usually huge due to the manufacturing of materials. In eco-friendly construction, the industries would rather use recycled and repurposed resources.
The local economic can get strengthen by using local sources like lumber and the transportation cost gets decreased by using local suppliers. Materials that come from natural elements or recycled content help cut waste.
Setting trend when it comes to green building materials is to make use of a modular building. This decreases the construction time and waste materials.
Roofs of green constructions can be made very sustainable. Depending on the home or building design, there are many eco-friendly roofs to choose from, for instance, roofs of recycled material, solar power or vegetation. Each of these contributes to the environment in a different way.
Energy Efficient Equipment:
Construction equipment is becoming more sustainable. Some companies are reducing emissions by using Diesel Oxidation catalyst. As technology develops, solar power is beginning to make progress and industries are beginning to use solar power on their construction sites to run small electrical tools.
Construction Site Waste:
Drywall, cardboard, roofing, metal, insulation and glass are typical materials that end up as construction waste. Many construction companies are finding ways how they can decrease the waste. Educating workers on how to prevent waste, how to store materials properly and how to recycle when it is possible are a great step forward to lower waste. Planning ahead and returning materials that were not used and returning an empty container to the suppliers is another green method used between the contractors and suppliers.
Construction companies are taking it a step further by implementing eco-friendly principles in their own firms as well. Today, companies that have become green in-house and on the site get rewarded with LEED certifications. By changing the way we build and implementing sustainable technology into our future buildings, there is hope that we can decrease the carbon footprints and enjoy a more sustainable future.
Written by Matt, a green technology editor and writer for: southshoreroof.com