Construction companies that are looking for a building process that can reduce waste, improve their public image, and lead to more projects should consider sustainable construction. In part one of this two-part article, we discussed how sustainable construction can have a positive environmental impact. Now, a Boca Raton construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law will discuss how this building process can have a profound impact on your business’s success.
Reduced Material Dependence and Waste
Sustainable construction focuses on using recycled and non-toxic materials in addition to employing construction techniques, such as prefabricated construction, that can save time and reduce waste. Employing these techniques can effectively reduce your dependence on materials that fluctuate in price and are at the mercy of the current trade war. By fostering a safer, more efficient work environment, you save money in the long run that would otherwise go towards addressing rising material costs, project delays, and legal disputes.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 548 million tons of construction and demolition debris were produced in the United States in 2015. This is more than twice the amount of waste produced by the general population. This waste consists of “steel, wood products, drywall and plaster, brick, and clay tile, asphalt shingles, concrete, and asphalt concrete.” If you think people are making a big deal out of plastic straws, imagine how they feel about 548 million tons of debris.
An Emerging Market
Employing sustainable construction techniques can improve your company’s public image and allow you to bid on projects that would otherwise be beyond your expertise. Projects such as the Centro and Melody Towers that have been certified as Florida Green High-Rise Residential Buildings include sustainable features, such as hot water systems, indoor air quality systems, disaster mitigation features, water preservation systems, and even drought-resistant plants. Construction firms that keep sustainable construction top of mind can profit off of high-profile construction projects such as these.
Reaping the Benefits
Sustainable construction is not unlike lean construction, prefabricated construction, or supply chain management in that it focuses on efficiency and waste reduction. While these sentiments may seem unnecessary for your construction firm to focus on, they can mean the difference between securing your next project and losing out to a competitor — remaining profitable or going bankrupt.
At Cotney Construction Law, we understand that construction firms must do everything in their power to stay relevant in this demanding industry. For a partner that is current on all aspects of the construction industry and the laws affecting it, consult with a Boca Raton construction attorney from Cotney Construction Law.
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.