The term green construction refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle. The movement has been around for a while and has been really increasing in popularity in recent years. While the environmental benefits aren’t to be overlooked, the long-term financial savings are a substantial driving factor in this new-found popularity. A few green construction techniques have become so popular that they have essentially become standard practice now.

Materials Recycling 

More and more municipalities are requiring contractors to recycle commercial construction materials. As a result, sorting waste materials for the purpose of recycling is a standard service offered by almost all debris haulers. We not only keep materials out of landfills, we can sometimes sell the materials for a small profit to offset the cost of construction by recycling materials.

Materials Used

Construction material manufacturers have made leaps and bounds in their product innovation over the past 50 years. Inefficient materials that required a lot of natural resources to produce are now harder to find than their modern eco-friendly counterparts. The light fixtures used today are a great example of this innovation. Using LED light bulbs instead of incandescent can save a building owner a surprising amount of money and uses far less electricity. 

Reusing Materials

One surefire way to reduce the environmental impact of a commercial construction project is to simply reuse existing materials. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple as we would like it to be, but it’s still very doable. Using this technique is also a great way to pinch pennies and come in under budget.

It seems that green construction is only going to keep growing in popularity and we’re excited to see what new innovations will come down the pipe next.