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How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Construction Site

Feb 25, 2019 | Waste Management

Currently, it isn’t possible to completely eliminate all waste and recycle everything from a construction site, but it is possible to reduce the carbon footprint of your construction site. It’s up to us to do what we can to prevent the environment from being affected by our work.

Recycle As Much As Possible

Whenever you can recycle something, you should do it. The simplest way to do this is to just have a waste management company, like Brewster Bros, haul everything away to their site where they will sort and recycle it. This is something that every construction site can and should do to ensure they have minimal impact on the environment, but it is also useful in keeping the construction site clean.

Use Recycled Materials

To reduce the carbon footprint of your construction site, wherever possible, you should try to use recycled materials. These include everything from recycle aggregates to insulation. In some cases, you can even use recycled windows and doors. The choice is yours, but remember that it all affects this planet.

Build Green

The actual building that you are constructing should also be as green as possible. Aim for double glazed windows and solar power to help keep it at low emissions. The home is obviously the design of the homeowner, but wherever possible, you can suggest greener options. There are so many choices now that will save the homeowner money in the long run and prevent the excessive impact on the environment. It’s a good idea to suggest the greener options as you go along.

Minimize Water Use

Construction sites can be wasteful and it’s important to let your workers know that they need to turn off the water when they aren’t using it. They should also keep the use of water to a minimum. It’s necessary for the construction, but it is something that you shouldn’t have to

Reduce Transportation

Lorries cause a lot of pollution, so if you can reduce the amount of transport you use, you’ll reduce the carbon footprint of your construction site drastically. Aim to use local materials and try to use recycled whenever possible. When using transport, look for the most energy efficient vehicles that you can use to keep things as low emission as possible.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep our carbon footprint small, there’s plenty of room for change and for ensuring you have as little impact as possible. Many of these are just little things that will drastically change how much you affect the environment.

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