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Rethinking Construction: Eight Strategies for Sustainable Building

Resource sustainability in large engineering projects

Sustainable building is more than just a trendy buzzword—it’s a vital necessity. With climate change bearing down on us, every industry needs to rethink its practices, and construction is no exception. Building responsibly has wide-ranging benefits for the environment as well as your bottom line.

The Problem of Construction Waste

One massive area ripe for improvement? Reducing the staggering amount of waste generated during construction projects. Tons upon tons of debris end up in landfills after each build. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By embracing smart design strategies from the get-go, builders can drastically cut down on this senseless waste.

Out With the Old, In With the New-ish

Traditional building practices are incredibly wasteful. According to recent estimates, construction and demolition activities account for a whopping 30-40% of the annual solid waste stream in many countries. That wastefulness has severe environmental consequences in terms of depleted natural resources, pollution from decomposing debris, and greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.

A Better Path Forward

There’s a better path forward if builders commit to sustainable design from the planning stages. Ready to clean up construction’s dirty habits? Let’s dive into eight actionable strategies.

  1. On-Site Solutions For Leftover Junk
  2. Design With Deconstruction In Mind
  3. Choose Renewable, Recycled and Recyclable Materials
  4. Embrace The Circular Economy
  5. Optimize With BIM Modeling
  6. Harness Automation and 3D Printing
  7. Incentivize and Influence Good Behavior

Conclusion: Breaking the Cycle of Construction Waste

After absorbing all these tips, reducing construction waste likely seems far more achievable now. And trust us, it’s well worth the effort. Sustainable building practices yield environmental wins for our planet and economic wins for your bottom line. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get building and break the cycle of senseless construction waste!

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