4 Ways You Can Help a Construction Project Go Green
It is no secret that the need to care for the environment is becoming more and more vital with each passing day. Because of the significant adverse effects that our human activities have had on the environment, it has become necessary to go green in most if not all of our practices. If you think that you are in the construction business and it is not possible to do so, here are four ways to help a construction project get into the green wagon.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Before starting out your construction project, whether it is your house or a commercial building, or a simple plan such as a sitting area in your backyard, it is vital to carry out an environmental impact assessment. This step aims at creating knowledge about the effect the construction project is bound to have on the environment. Weigh your pros and cons and if the cons outnumber the pros, then do not proceed. But if the benefits add to the environment’s wellbeing then go ahead and do your thing.
Use eco-friendly materials.
When you are choosing the materials to build, go for the recycled, reclaimed and biodegradable ones. Once you recycle, you are already becoming part of the solution in taking care of the environment. When you reclaim, not only are you helping in the course for environmental improvement, you are also reducing the consumption rates in general. This means that there will be no increased damage and the environment will be left as it is. Finally, if you have to use materials other than the recycled and reclaimed ones, try as much as possible to use biodegradable ones. These include wood, natural paints, and straw.
Nature is a good provider for most of your requirements. When constructing, it is advisable to use green energy. This can in the form of solar power, wind power, biogas or all three combined. You can install solar panels on your roof which will harness sunlight and transmit it into active and usable energy. This energy can be used for lighting, cooking and even heating water. If you are located high up in the mountains, you can use wind power to drive your turbines. Biogas, on the other hand, is a very useful source of cooking energy which has little to no effects on the environment. It also lasts a long time compared to other sources of energy thus is more economical.
Work with Nature
When constructing, always try to consider natural forces such as sunlight, wind and the general climate of the area. Position your house in a way such that it is in the middle of the sunrise and sunset. This way you ensure maximum lighting in the morning all through to the day, warmth but not directly during daytime, and again dim but adequate lighting in the evening. Once you do this, you will realize that you will have less use for artificial electricity as the sun will provide enough light. Consider also the temperatures of your location and paint your walls accordingly. If you live in a hot area, paint your walls white for maximum reflection and reduced overheating during the day. If it is a cold place, use darker colors to optimize on heat absorption whenever there is sunlight.
It may seem expensive and impractical, but if you set your mind to doing it, you will realize that having a successful green construction project. In the long run, you will see that not only will your project be sustainable and therefore long lasting but its aesthetic value will be higher than that of buildings made from synthetic materials.