Green technology application in construction
- by Chris Jackson
- 2022-08-17 00:00:00
Have you ever heard of the term green technology? With all the environmental issues going on right now, construction industries are taking steps to lessen their impact on the planet by using these so-called green technologies. Please read below and learn more about these technologies and how they help.
What is green technology?
If you are unfamiliar with the term, green technology refers to items and methods construction professionals use to limit their negative impact on the planet. Most of these projects focus on lessening the use of energy, water, and even materials before and after construction. You can also start planning these during the design stage of your building.
With smart planning, you can save more money on the costs for these projects, which typically come from the materials, the transportation, and the equipment.
The importance of green technology
Did you know that 39% of the energy-related carbon dioxide comes from construction industries? That is almost half of the total production of energy-related carbon dioxide in the world. Climate change has become a hot topic in recent years as more and more people seem to not care about how day-to-day routines affect the planet.
Construction industries that produce large carbon footprints are innovative in stepping up and taking the initiative to lessen the harmful effects of construction. However, there are still some limitations to this. While they may help, it does not eliminate their environmental impact.
Is green technology worth it?
You might now be wondering if it is worth it. While green technology is helpful, most of it does not come cheap. Constructing buildings is expensive. There would be different phases like designing, building, maintaining, repairing, and renovating. Most green technology can even cost more, which usually discourages some construction companies.
Green buildings require sustainable materials, and they are usually quite expensive. With raw materials, you would also have to consider the staffing needed, the research put into the design, the transportation costs of these raw materials, and so much more.
There are many additional factors a construction company takes when building a building with green technology. Climate or environmental elements around a specific area of place can impact the design of the building, so they must consider that when coming up with the design of the site.
While building such places is expensive, you will most likely experience additional benefits in the long run. It could include:
- Low energy bills ;
- Thermal comfort ;
- Lesser maintenance needs ;
- Sustainable materials last longer ;
- Lengthen the life of the building.
These are just some of the advantages you will have with sustainable architecture. You can immediately know if a company shares the same sentiments as you regarding climate change by simply looking for a LEED certification. This certification can help you verify a company's passion and interest in providing strategies to improve the environment and your health.
It's time to go green
If you plan to use green technology on your next project or encourage sustainable materials, know that you would be helping in lessening the negative impact the construction industry has on the environment. Here are some additional ways you can decrease your carbon footprint:
- Use less raw materials and energy ;
- Reduce waste production on construction sites ;
- Recycle and reuse ;
- Strategic Planning (to avoid excess of materials in projects) ;
- Reduce fuel emissions ;
- Focus on efficiency when choosing the lighting and equipment.
By choosing to go green, you can have a building that lasts longer, is more comfortable due to its energy cost efficiency, lowers maintenance needs, and reduces your carbon footprint. Becoming sustainable is an ideal approach for your business!
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