Sustainability is a socio-ecological practice which cannot be carried out without careful collaboration. Each public or private sector can agree that the push to become more environmentally focused is a change fixed by growth. Utilizing responsible processes to prioritize resource efficiency will be well worth it.

Distinctive ways to be sustainable in construction can be found on the regular. As the world’s industries continually transition to an eco-friendly approach in their activities, one can recognize how things often turn out easier than anticipated. A long-term transition to going green is in reach.

Utilizing Alternative Construction Materials

Building materials are typically sorted into two specific categories: materials found in nature and materials that are man-made. Natural construction materials are those such as wood and stone while those in the man-made group are steel, concrete, and the like. Creating man-made materials consumes a great deal of energy; however, if we take concrete, for example, it’s extremely versatile. Thankfully, there are newly created versions of concrete such as ashcrete—interestingly made of fly ash—as well as one manufactured with recycled paper.

Currently revolutionizing construction are alternative options such as recycled plastic and the ultimately recognized bamboo—a proud member of the most eco-friendly resources found on Earth. In contrast, a timeless technique around for centuries is that of rammed earth. This material is formed in a process of damp earth being compacted to formally construct building foundations and walls.

Sustainable Construction Building Techniques

In a modern society of technological advancement and creativity, innovative building techniques are readily available within an individual’s own fingertips. Going green with innovation is one of the ways to be sustainable in construction. A multitude of options and ideas are available throughout the building process. Contractors have the tools for digital development programs besides physical blueprints. Eco-friendly construction is no mere fad as techniques are exercised by contractors to appease both clients and realtors alongside saving materials and energy.

Recycling & Minimizing Construction Waste

An abundance of materials such as cardboard, drywall, glass, metal, insulation, etc. may be thrown away at the end of the day as waste. When construction is being completed contractors must know the types of construction waste materials to be able to identify their disposition and any possible disposal hazards. Workers can then properly discard of them by this classification process. Determining materials that can be either repurposed or recycled at a construction site benefits the environment and society alike.

Sustainability in construction overalls aspires to meet any demands for present housing and work environments without jeopardizing the ability of the generations to come to meet their own needs for shelter and resources. Change takes time and effort, along with certain tact and skill. Sustainability is the future—one step at a time.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.