The environment is always a consideration in any type of construction project but if you want your commercial construction project to be labelled “green” then there are guidelines that you have to follow to qualify. Green construction really isn’t that different from a regular project, you are still going to need to have skilled tradesmen onsite and both require detailed planning. The difference between the two is that green construction tries to keep the effect on the local environment to a minimum. Going green with commercial construction does mean adhering to different rules, let’s look at what sets green construction apart.
Energy Efficient Systems
During the construction process you will be required to install the most energy efficient systems possible. That includes things like your HVAC system along with lighting and plumbing as well. Most of the commercial HVAC units that are on the market today use far less energy than they did a decade ago. The building will also need to be properly sealed to keep your HVAC system efficient.
Reducing Waste During Construction
Construction uses a lot of materials and generates a great deal of waste at the same time. If you want to maintain your green certification then the construction project will have to use fewer materials and create less waste. The waste that is generated should be sent for recycling rather than ending up in a landfill. You should also use recycled materials whenever possible throughout the project. The idea is to reduce our carbon footprint throughout the project.
Conserving water is always a big part of green construction, both during the building process and after the building is complete. The plumbing needs to be installed with that in mind. That includes low flow shower heads, toilets that use less water along with taps that operate on sensors so they are never left on. There is also the option of turning wastewater into some type of fertilizer removing the need for wastewater management.
The roof is a prime piece of the project that can help make it greener. Solar panels can be installed to help meet the energy needs of the building post construction. That helps reduce the need for non-renewable energy source. For the building owners it can also reduce the energy costs of running the building afterwards. Excess energy can be sold off to the local power company making the project pay for itself.
There are plenty of builders that don’t embrace the new green construction guidelines but they are the way of the future. We need to do all that we can to ensure there is an environment left for our children and grandchildren.