Limiting your impact on the environment during construction requires heightened levels of diligence and an ardent dedication to eco-friendly construction techniques. Eco-friendly building, or green construction, usually costs more and takes longer to complete, but the inherent benefits of this style of construction are popular with today’s environmentally conscious investors.
There are countless ways to employ eco-friendly construction techniques on a project, but it’s important to consult with the experts at a Raleigh construction law firm before you compromise your workers’ safety in an eager pursuit of sustainability. In part one of this two-part series, we will explore different techniques for improving environmental sustainability on your project.
Build Small, Build Smart
When it comes to buildings, smaller structures tend to have less serious consequences on the environment. Although the investor’s specifications will often determine the physical dimensions of a building, smart contractors will get a second opinion from another architect to see if a superior and more sustainable alternative exists. This design can then be pitched to the client since smaller structures tend to be easier to manage and noticeably more cost-effective.
Energy Efficient Equipment
Are your employees using ENERGY STAR certified equipment to complete their tasks? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses ENERGY STAR certifications to designate efficient technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants produced from poorly managed energy. Surprisingly, you don’t need to sacrifice performance when using ENERGY STAR tools and equipment, they work just as well, if not better, than their unsustainable competitors.
Energy Savings Start with Insulation
Green construction doesn’t end when the project is finished. The work you performed on a project will have a discernible effect on its energy efficiency long after the bulldozers return to their garages and the workers hang up their hard hats. Installing proper insulation is one of the most important tasks for building eco-friendly structures.
On average, heating and cooling account for 50 percent of a building’s energy requirements. Well-insulated buildings help maintain comfortable internal temperatures without expensive heating or cooling. Spending extra time during insulation installation can save your investor thousands while reducing energy consumption substantially.
Investors are more likely than ever to seek out contractors who can put together eco-friendly projects that minimize environmental impacts before, during, and after the completion of a project. In part two, we will continue to explore eco-friendly construction techniques.
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.