Building with green materials

If you plan on starting construction soon on a new commercial building, you may be looking around for some ideas for ways to make the building more environmentally friendly. There are quite a few things you can install during the construction of the building that can even save money and reduce waste. While you may not achieve net zero status with these tips, you can still get plenty of benefits. Let’s look at 4 tips to make your new commercial building green and clean. 

 

1. Install low-e windows. 

 

Low energy windows, known as low-e windows, are one of the hottest green innovations on the market. The windows have a special coating that helps to regulate the amount of heat from sunlight that comes in and stays out. The windows depending on the type, will only do one of two things, allow in heat from sunlight while keeping out cold air, or keeping cold air inside while preventing heat from entering. While that might sound disadvantageous for either type, you should install them strategically throughout the building to maximize the amount of natural heating you can get during daylight hours. 

 

2. Low flow toilets should be in every restroom. 

 

Low flow toilets allow you to prevent water waste in your building while lowering the costs associated with water usage. Low flow toilets use just enough water to efficiently flush the bowl. Likewise, you should also install electronic faucets that detect when the water isn’t being used anymore as to reduce water waste even more. Also make sure to consider installing blow drying systems instead of paper towel dispensers for clients to dry their hands with.   

 

3. Lighting concerns. 

 

Lighting will be a very important part of any commercial building, no matter what the intended usage is. You should consider two things when deciding how the building will be lit. Try to install natural lighting sources, such as skylights, whenever possible. Skylights can cut down on the amount of power being used during the day dramatically. Auxiliary lighting and night time lighting should carry Energy-star certification, to ensure that they use the least amount of power as possible. Try installing LED bulbs whenever and wherever possible, as these use very little energy and put out low amounts of heat. 

 

4. Try to use recycled and reclaimed materials whenever possible. 

 

Often, green solutions focus on energy and water usage and reduction. However, another area that you can incorporate green methods into is recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged materials. For recycled materials, things like insulation, interior decorations, and even landscaping materials make use of old clothes, rubber, paper, and wood. Reclaimed materials like wood boards and sheet metals can be used to make flooring and interior walls with. Salvaged materials, which are typically surplus unused goods, can even be used to reduce costs. You can find things like roofing supplies, lumber, paint, concrete, and metal at far cheaper prices than normal. All of these items help reduce waste in the ecosystem while also contributing less to natural resource degradation. 

How Climate Change is Affecting Commercial Construction

Climate change has begun to impact every aspect of our lives and commercial construction is no different.  Building owners are demanding greener techniques and materials and the onus is on builders to provide what they want.  This is a big change for the industry and there are new regulations in places to ensure that builders stay compliant.  Environmental impact studies are now the norm and you need to know your project’s impact on the environment and get approval before you can even break ground.

Climate Change and Energy Consumption

When it comes to environmentalism and the commercial construction industry the demand has always been for greener materials and how construction will impact the local area.  That is starting to shift with the threat of climate change.  Not only do we need to consider the materials used in construction but how they will stand up to the weather in the future.  How will the building stay energy efficient and cool as summers get hotter.  How will the building withstand storms and changes in weather patterns?  These are now real considerations that come into the design phase of construction.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

The first thing that you need to think about before any project kicks off is reducing greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint. This doesn’t just apply during the construction phase although that is important too but after the building is complete if it can be carbon neutral that is ideal.  Here is a look at how that can be done in the construction industry.

You can start by using greener building materials in the construction project.  Recycled materials are far easier to find now and they can be cost effective.  Going green isn’t just a vanity project for celebrities anymore customers are demanding better solutions.

Alternative Energy

The energy consumption the building will use in the future is also a big concern as weather patterns change and more energy is required to heat and cool commercial buildings.  Incorporating alternative energy into construction is also a must.  Solar panels along with geothermic can be incorporated right from the beginning reducing the need for fossil fuels.

Climate change is getting worse and it is starting to impact all aspects of our life.  If we want to fight climate change then we need to make changes to how we do things including commercial construction.  Building techniques are changing to adapt to the modern world we live in.