In the residential sector, green building currently accounts for 26% to 33% of the total residential market and has helped contribute to the industry's recovery after the recession, according to Dodge Data and Analytics. This means that the market for eco-friendly building is as strong as ever, and if your construction company can follow some eco-friendly practices, you're likely to find that an increase in sales will follow. Here are just a few ways to make your construction company and its practices more eco-friendly.
Locally source materials and construction equipment rentals
Equipment and materials that have to travel over long distances use significantly more fuel than those traveling locally. One of the main focal points of eco-friendly construction is the use of locally sourced materials, which reduces carbon footprints and optimizes the entire construction process from start to finish. Plus, using materials available in the town you're working in can help support local businesses. The same can be said for obtaining construction equipment rentals and attachments.
Sustainable construction also puts a major emphasis on the conservation and recycling of water. Fortunately, these water conservation strategies are versatile and able to be applied to residential, industrial, and commercial construction projects of all sizes. Rain water collection systems are just one common choice; when collected and stored, rain water can be utilized for a number of construction-based needs, such as landscaping and irrigation. Another useful and certainly creative water conservation technique is to gather and reserve water condensation from HVAC units. Every little bit helps!
Use sustainable materials
Finally, consider using more sustainable insulation materials in your company's building projects. While traditional materials can contain a number of toxic chemicals and adhesives, sustainable alternatives are safe and readily available. Plus, some are even more affordable than their traditional counterparts. Sheep's wool, for example, is both affordable and sustainable, as is recycled cotton, which can be sourced from old clothing. Wood fiber is another eco-friendly insulation option, just like wood chips, a timber industry by-product. Don't be afraid to get creative in your search for eco-friendly insulation materials.
Ultimately, being aware of the countless ways your construction company can improve sustainability is the key to maximizing your company's efforts to make the Earth a better and 'green'-er place.