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Renewable Energy and Construction Part 3

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In this five-part series, we are covering several of the ways renewable energy can be utilized in the construction industry. In the first section, we provided you with some statistics showcasing why the construction sector is “going green.” In the second section, we featured many of the most innovative and eco-friendly designs being implemented into projects today. In this section, we will discuss resilient building materials that can also reduce the impact on the environment. For assistance with any construction-related legal matters, contact one of our Nashville contractor lawyers today.

The Impact of Construction Materials

As we discussed in the beginning of this series, construction is a major contributor to the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted every year. Between burning fossil fuels and the production of concrete, the traditional construction process needs to continue to develop environmentally-friendly alternatives. Green construction promotes utilizing affordable, effective, and environmentally-friendly building materials that can replace the harmful, traditional materials commonly used on construction projects.

Eco-Friendly Options

A crucial part of creating green structures is that contractors need to replace materials that endanger the environment with recycled or repurposed materials that are locally sourced, eco-friendly, and sustainable. It’s important to stress that local materials are ideal as this promotes expediting the traditional process of producing and transporting these materials. In other words, the goal is to utilize building materials that do not require a great deal of energy in order for them to be extracted from their habitat or delivered to the building location. In addition, using localized, green materials also reduces waste and fuel used for transportation on projects as well.

Here is a list of low-impact, environmentally-conscious materials contractors can use:

  • Recycled Steel and Aluminum: The key is not extracting either of these materials; however, recycled steel and aluminum are highly durable and can provide the framework or roofing for your structure.
  • Reclaimed Wood: Producing reclaimed wood is among the best, energy-conserving practices and often is salvaged from previous projects. For example, composite lumber is more sustainable than conventional wood and is used for flooring and decks.
  • Bamboo: Although bamboo is actually not a type of wood, this light density material is extremely strong and grows very fast. It’s an excellent substitute for concrete and also provides shelter.
  • Concrete Mixes: There are many energy-reducing compromises to the traditional concrete process that entail mixing the most common construction substance with an organic material like timber or hemp.
  • Straw Bales: Often associated with farmland, you can use this resilient material for the insulation of your home.

For more information on renewable energy and construction, please read sections four and five.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.