3 Green Construction Tactics to Help Build a Sustainable Future

wpid-home-improvement-ideas-and-tipsby James White –

You don’t have to be an environmental enthusiast to believe that it’s important to do whatever we can to protect our planet for future generations.

One easy way to reduce your negative impact on the earth – or at least the impact of those who are buying the homes you’re building – is to apply cutting-edge green construction techniques to all of your future projects.

No longer a nascent building strategy, green construction philosophies are being embraced on a much more frequent level. In fact, as much as 48 percent of nonresidential construction projects in the United States this year will be green projects, representing a market opportunity hovering near $145 billion. In addition to helping homeowners reduce their families’ carbon footprints, green homes save the average household upwards of $2,150 each year.

To take your environmentally conscious approach to construction a step further, builders can also choose to embrace a fleet of energy-efficient construction equipment. In doing so, you significantly reduce the amount of stress they put on the environment during construction.

OK—Now Let’s Get Specific

So what exactly can construction companies and contractors do to build with an eye toward lessening our negative impact on the planet? Let’s take a look at three common strategies.

Modular Homes

Modular homes are built in climate-controlled factories, so they provide builders with the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about encountering lengthy delays due to inclement weather or defective materials. You also don’t have to deal with any unforeseen cost overruns.

Applying green building techniques to modular home construction provides a win-win scenario. Homeowners enjoy energy-efficient homes that were built in energy-efficient environments.

Passive Homes

Passive homes do not rely on typical heating and cooling systems, but they remain 70 to 74 degrees year-round due to clever green construction techniques. They’re considerably more popular in Europe due to more abrasive fuel costs, but they are starting to take root in the United States.

Current construction costs related to passive homes in America might be holding us back from widespread adoption. But we can reasonably expect all construction materials to come down in price as the technologies become refined.

After all, passive homes reduce heating and cooling consumption rates by as much as 90 percent without compromising on comfort. This fact is something that should be extremely attractive to anyone, regardless of politics or wealth.

Energy-efficient Construction Equipment

States like California require builders to use construction equipment that meets certain energy standards. But in other states, many environmentally conscious builders decide to take matters into their own hands and use such equipment anyway, even though it’s not required.

In addition to helping reduce the carbon footprints associated with their new projects, builders also benefit from burning less fuel. Energy-conscious machines are much more efficient than their traditional counterparts.

As the nation collectively shifts toward embracing a more sensible approach to the environment, you can imagine that we’ll see even more green construction tactics pervading the building community.

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