When building a new structure, you want it to be more energy efficient. You also want to play your role in reducing carbon emissions. Starting with raw materials production to actual building processes, the construction industry consumes a lot of energy. If you are not careful, your construction project can also have negative effects on the environment. That’s why you need tips for sustainable construction.
Although building controls and legislation guide contractors, they only cover must-haves. These may not be enough for environmentalists or contractors that are conscious about environment preservation. Here are useful tips to help you embark on a sustainable construction project.
Waste that you dispose of at the landfill is new to the environment. It’s therefore important that you reduce the waste that goes to the landfill. Estimate material quantities accurately. If you get waste from construction materials, look for the best ways to recycle it. You can even return the waste to the manufacturer or supplier.
Use Local Materials
If possible, use local materials to reduce carbon footprint at your site. That’s because you won’t have to transport materials long distances. Using local materials will also help you save the money that you would spend on transport. What’s more, some local materials are cheaper than imported materials.
Use Renewable Alternatives
Biomass boilers, solar panels and heap pumps are among the environmental friendly alternatives that you should consider. It’s also crucial that you conduct some research to find more sustainable alternatives.
Install Motion Sensors
These are very important in commercial buildings. They switch on automatically on noticing an activity in a living space. They also turn off when they notice that a space is empty. This means that you won’t waste energy in your space by leaving lights on when a room is empty.
Be Creative with Your Landscape
When landscaping outdoors especially when you want to let or sell your property, think about your choice carefully. Choose the most ideal plants for your climate and ground to avoid options that may require watering. Areas with lawn in commercial settings may not be necessary and if you have them you will incur extra costs and energy in their maintenance. Also opt for recycled alternatives for paths, walkways, and planters. You can also install innovative water collection features like water butts. What’s more, install energy efficient lights in your landscape.
Follow these tips to embark on sustainable construction to save energy and money in the long run.