As Nashville construction attorneys, we are proud to provide professionals in the construction industry with a variety of legal services that help them complete projects effectively and efficiently. Because our attorneys all have a unique background in the industry, we are also fascinated with construction practices and the groundbreaking technology that is becoming an integral part of the building process. Renewable energy is more than a trend. As our clientele’s approach to construction projects changes, we are engrossed in learning as much as we can about the most effective renewable energy practices in the industry.
In this five-part article, we will cover everything related to “green construction” and how renewable energy is being utilized by construction companies. From state-of-the-art designs to building materials and even the process itself, it’s an exciting time in the construction sector as companies adapt to more energy-conscious construction practices. Remember, if you need accurate legal counsel, a Nashville construction attorney is here to assist you.
The Energy Impact From Construction
According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2017, approximately 39 percent of the “total U.S. energy consumption was consumed by the residential and commercial sectors.” This includes nearly all the energy consumption in U.S. buildings. Because buildings consume so much energy, our infrastructure is responsible for approximately 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions every year. This is primarily because of the burning of fossil fuels during the building process and the total amount of electricity used to power the buildings. Of course, reducing our “carbon footprint” has become a global effort to combat climate change and other environmental issues, so it is imperative that our industry leads by example as we enter a new age of efficiency.
Benefits of Renewable Energy
EIA states that implementing renewable energy practices into building projects can reduce our carbon footprint by over 30 percent and also reduce the total amount of energy consumption in buildings by approximately 25 percent. There’s also a lot of profitability in green construction as businesses that embrace renewable energy projects are part of the fastest growing sector within the construction industry. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in green energy are becoming available every year and the industry generates tens of billions in wages annually.
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.