The Green movement has reached the construction trade. From affordable public housing that has adopted green construction methods — such as ergonomically designed furniture in common areas and the use of sustainable, renewable building materials — to the use of green building standards throughout the country, construction companies are embracing the opportunity to construct eco-friendly buildings. The need for green construction has been aided by a study that found that buildings in Europe use 8 percent more energy than industry and 12 percent more energy than the transportation sector.
What are the current trends in green construction? Are there ways to incorporate these trends in your construction practices? Is it important to understand green construction trends? The answers to these questions should provide you with an understanding of green construction and how this trend represents the future of building construction.
What Are Green Construction Trends?
Some of the recent trends in green construction include the integration and use of renewable materials, making lighting more energy efficient, installing efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units in homes and commercial buildings, and the replacement of older appliances with more energy efficient models. These trends are helping regions reduce their reliance on outdated energy infrastructure and to produce short and long term cost savings for buildings and residents.
Bamboos, reclaimed wood and other renewable materials have helped builders work cost-effectively. Bamboo, as an example, is easy to produce, and is a durable and cheap building resource. Another solution is LED lighting, which reduces wattage and helps builders provide reliable lighting inexpensively.
Ways to Keep Your Construction Green
Adapting to green construction trends should be central to your business plan if you are looking to capitalize on its benefits. As more and more communities advocate for sustainable growth based on local resources, energy efficiency and ways to reduce their carbon footprints, businesses that understand how to incorporate green construction trends will be well positioned to attract new construction opportunities.
Investing in green technologies for your construction needs can help you achieve your green goals. You may consider an HVAC crane rental, for example, as a way to shorten the manufacturing process and reduce the environmental impact associated with building am HVAC crane and having it transported to you for your company’s use.
Is it Important to Know Green Construction Trends?
It is very important for builders to understand the impact green construction trends have on our use of energy and its effect on the planet. Referring again to the study of building energy use in Europe, the 40 percent figure for homes, public and commercial buildings translates into the equivalent use of about 3.5 billion barrels of oil a year. This high rate of energy consumption through inefficient design, reliance on outdated energy equipment and systems, and other wasteful practices can be reversed when a company like yours implements green energy practices designed to reduce our reliance on traditional energy resources. This change can also help save money as well as the planet.
Author & Photo: Travin Keith
This article has been sponsored by Bigge Crane and Rigging, building on a century of trust as one of California’s largest specialized heavy lift and transportation companies, now has a fully staffed Los Angeles location.