In recent years, it has become increasingly important for all industries to think about the impacts they have on the environment and what can be done to minimize them. A growing focus in the construction industry is sustainability. By definition, sustainable construction is a new approach to building that improves the way people build and live.
The use of project management technology, eco-friendly building materials and green manufacturing techniques are just a few of the ways construction is moving toward creating environmental and economical sustainability. Green construction, also known as green building, has many benefits for not only the environment but also for builders and their clients.
Let’s dive in and take a closer look at some of the benefits of green building and how construction sustainability is leading to positive change in the industry.
Minimize costs and increase value
Minimizing costs on construction projects is essential for the success of the industry. The use of sustainable resources is one of the quickest ways to do just that.
Using sustainable construction reduces costs by requiring less resources such as water and energy during the building process, which in turn, increases the return on investment or ROI. Generally speaking, sustainable buildings will cost less to produce and will increase the structure’s long-term value.
The benefits are being recognized, as the demand for green buildings and sustainable homes is growing at a fast rate. The online resource Statista projects the green building market to be among the fastest growing industries worldwide. The number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building registrations has increased from 296 in 2006 to nearly 70,000 in 2019.
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Forget the paper and implement technology
Construction projects take a ton of time, planning and, let’s be honest, paper. By implementing a project management technology like Buildertrend, you can save some trees and simultaneously improve the way you run your business.
Landing leads, scheduling multiple jobs, tracking daily work, managing team members and subcontractors and seeing projects through from start to finish are impossible to do with just a pen and paper. By implementing technology into your daily process, you’ll not only save yourself time and money, but you’ll also make a positive impact on the environment.
Think about environmental protection
Day by day, it’s growing more important to be aware and active in the movement to preserve and protect the global environment. Luckily, many builders like Daimon Doyle, product development manager at Lexar Homes, are already committed to “building healthy homes for healthy living.”
“Most green building programs such as Built Green®, National Green Building Standard, Earth Advantage and others recognize that in order for a home to be truly built correctly, it has to exceed typical building standards in these five areas: Energy efficiency, material efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality and proper site selection and preparation,” Daimon said. “At Lexar, we address all those things and a few more in our high-performance approach by focusing on a product that is comfortable, healthy, efficient, durable and still affordable.”
Sustainable construction promotes environmental protection by coming up with ways to reuse natural resources such as water and energy. For example, green buildings can often be powered using wind or solar energy and can be built with the ability to collect rainwater that is then used for toilets. And green buildings are typically built with recycled materials, which reduces the amount of waste and promotes the conservation of the environment.
Reduce rework and produce less waste
Construction is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, and according to the online source Construction Executive, it has a rework rate of up to 30%. With numbers like that, it’s essential to find alternative building methods and materials to reduce the amount of rework and ultimately, lower the amount of waste.
“Traditionally, sustainability focuses mainly on the materials used and their origins,” Daimon said. “Using materials that are quickly renewable while at the same time, sourced locally in order to minimize transportation, minimizes the impact on raw materials and overall carbon output.”
With the use of renewable resources and materials, green building is a great start in the effort to reduce the environmental impact of construction. By using renewable resources in addition to project management software, construction companies are able to drastically cut back on the amount of rework for each project with efficient communication, which decreases the amount of waste and saves both time and money.
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