The construction industry is undergoing a massive shift as businesses are realizing the long-term benefit of investing in the environmental movement. And while “green” and “sustainable” are terms often used interchangeably, it’s important to draw the distinction between the two.
Green construction entails building projects in an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient manner to reduce carbon footprint. Sustainability construction includes the preservation of the environment, with a focus on social responsibility. Both contribute to the overall goal of becoming more environmentally friendly, but in different ways.
Below we’ll discuss five ways to incorporate green and sustainable construction practices into your business to better protect the environment and its resources, and to demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility to key stakeholders.
Getting rid of paper is one of the easiest first steps to begin your environmental transition. Paper uses a massive amount of raw wood, and even recycled paper requires numerous chemicals and water be used in the production process. Paper is also expensive, and unreliable compared to digital resources.
When you start to consider how much paper is used every year on construction blueprints alone, it’s easy to understand how an all-in-one construction management software will save you time and money by digitizing construction document management and reducing paper waste.
Create a Sustainable Supply Chain
According to the EPA, “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.”
The construction industry is capable of making significant contributions to these objectives. One major way is by building a sustainable supply chain—because a construction company can’t be truly sustainable if its suppliers are not. To achieve this, work with your suppliers to let them know your sustainability goals and how you expect them to contribute.
Use Eco-friendly Alternatives
The construction industry’s reliance on non-renewable materials has had a long-lasting impact on the environment and remaining resources. Fortunately, with green building initiatives on the rise, more builders are looking for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional building materials.
A few eco-friendly materials gaining popularity in 2020 include:
- Timbercrete: Timbercrete is made from combining sawdust with concrete. The result is a material that’s about two and a half times lighter than pure concrete, and with fewer emissions than concrete.
- Hempcrete: Hempcrete is a composite made of natural materials, lime and hemp. It’s a light-weight, “carbon-negative” building material that can be used for insulation.
- Fast-growing bamboo: Bamboo grows quickly and requires little water, thus making it a dynamic eco-friendly crop that can be used in many building materials. It can be as strong as wood or concrete, yet its light-weight nature makes even its transport more environmentally friendly.
Adopt Lean Construction Practices
Lean construction is an extension of the lean production system—that is, a business approach intended to maximize value, increase efficiency and minimize waste. Under this system, every person involved in the construction project—from architects to tradespeople—are taken into consideration to ensure projects are completed quickly, efficiently and as low-cost as possible without sacrificing quality or integrity.
Premier Construction Software’s all-in-one solution provides the gold standard business playbook to ensure all processes are optimized from start to end. By minimizing manual data entry and leveraging automation, we transform how people work and how your business operates.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most widely used sustainability rating systems in the world, and LEED certification comes with many benefits. For one, it lends credibility to an organization’s ability to develop a sustainable project and shows the public the organization cares about being environmentally and socially responsible.
LEED certified buildings are more energy and resource-efficient, meaning they also reduce stress on the environment. Additionally, its focus on using reduced and renewable energy sources also helps to reduce operational costs.
The construction industry will continue to shift toward more environmentally friendly practices and processes as the need, expectation and demand continues to grow. To learn more about how Premier Construction Software can help your business become more environmentally friendly by improving construction document management, reducing waste, boosting productivity and streamlining processes, click here to schedule a personalized product tour.
Kathryn Dressler is a content strategist with more than 10 years of experience across the spectrum of marketing services, including blogging, social media, public relations, copywriting and editorial services.