If you are running a LEEDS project then you are already up to date on the latest innovations and products for creating a green project. If your project isn’t LEEDS, such as smaller commercial ventures or residential remodeling, there are still some important ways that you can keep it green. Green is about more than being environmentally responsible, it can be a huge selling point for a property as it the long term maintenance is often far more economical then with traditional building products. The initial outlay may seem more expensive, but it pays to be green in the long run.
Go green with the project organization
Take a page from the pros and look at your plans for organizing your project for where you can first implement your greening effect. You need to look at the cost of transporting items, staging and access to create a project path with the least amount of impact on the environment. Pay close attention to ventilation options for generators, washout procedures and more to work to keep your site in line with the latest environmental regulations, and to help preserve good community relations as well.
Greening the materials
Next, you can choose materials that are made from recycled or re-purposed materials, products that are designed to last longer than traditional building products, and new building products made from innovations in plastics or metal that can save on wood. You should look to the packaging of consumables in your job as well. It can be worth it to make the call to switch to plastic tubs for brads rather than smaller boxes. That small change can make a big difference. Anywhere you can recycle, reclaim or just plain avoid generating waste is an area that you can now claim as green. One of the side benefits of supplying your materials and consumables with green products is it will radically reduce your disposal fees for waste during construction or remodeling.
Greening the structure life
Lastly, look to how you can incorporate structural elements that serve to prolong the life of the building and/or lessen its environmental impact. Water systems that recycle black water, solar panels with storage capacities and so on are all viable options.