This is a guest post by Josh of PlumberSurplus.com.
There are so many decisions that should be considered before construction can begin on a new site. Taking into consideration the building’s effects on the surrounding environment, its energy usage and the projected indoor air quality is worth the time and money. By committing to building green from the outset, construction can be less costly and the general maintenance costs are usually lower as well. Most importantly, implementing a few strategies for greener construction can significantly reduce the collective environmental impact of the building and its construction and encourage its sustainability.
1. Site Development
Not only minimizing the destruction of the natural landscape should be considered in green construction, reducing resource consumption and even augmenting the resource supply can be done throughout the construction phase. Even the placement of the building in relation to true north and south can affect the energy efficiency of the completed building.
2. Construction Materials
Materials used for construction have made great strides in becoming more environmentally friendly. Recycled materials, recovered materials and those made from sustainable resources are the best choices for green construction. Reducing construction waste should also be taken into consideration. Having well-designed plans for construction often eliminates much waste.
The quality of building materials used contributes greatly to the efficiency of a structure in regards to energy usage. Using high-efficiency materials are essential in green construction. Renewable energy sources harnessed on site with the addition of a cogeneration system creates a sustainable energy system with little to no negative environmental consequences.
4. Water Efficiency
Many water systems available reuse wastewater in toilets and in other water applications such as irrigation. Including a recycling water system, point-of-use water filtration, and low-flow faucets and toilets all work to reduce water usage.
5. Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality can be set by refraining from building materials known to emit volatile organic compounds. Careful selection of building materials will lower or possibly eliminate the pollution caused by VOCs used during construction. Proper ventilation is also necessary to maintain optimal indoor air quality. Stale air is full of impurities that can be removed will adequate ventilation. Moisture control is also essential for creating a quality indoor environment. Moisture feeds molds and other bacteria that are harmful to the health of the building’s occupants. Wood flooring has been found to be effective as an additional moisture control measure.
None of the considerations mentioned above are unattainable in any construction project. Every aspect of a building should be careful researched and meticulously planned to have the greatest positive effect on the surrounding environment. If you have any other tips make sure to leave them in the comments.
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