Going green isn't just a buzzword anymore. For many industries, it's turning into a way of life. One industry that has been slow to adopt green trends until now is construction. New green building trends are changing the way the industry looks at everything from building materials to job site waste. Here's how green building trends are impacting the construction industry and how companies can hope to adopt them as their own.
The green movement is changing the construction industry for the better. Some popular green building trends include:
This is just a small sample of the green building techniques that are gaining momentum in the construction industry. What can construction companies do to adopt these new techniques and materials?
Start by staying abreast of new innovations within your industry. Technology is changing construction nearly faster than we can keep up, so it's important to stay on top of these changes so they can be adopted into your standard operating procedure.
Find a niche. You might not have a crew that's trained to install solar panels, but that isn't your only option. Use what you have and find a niche where you can thrive. If you want to adopt new technologies or techniques, consider offering continuing education opportunities for your crew.
Remember that green building doesn't just include creating new structures from the ground up — it also means improving your demolition techniques to reduce the environmental impact of the process. Some cities now require construction companies to prove that more than 50 percent of their waste was recycled. While this isn't widespread yet, it is a good rule of thumb to try to reclaim or recycle as much as possible from demolition jobs.
More and more homebuyers are looking for green buildings, so keep that in mind when choosing your construction components. Low-energy windows, tankless water heaters, and natural or nontoxic insulation are all things savvy eco-friendly buyers are on the lookout for.
Green building and construction isn't going away, and it's up to the industry to change with the times. Ensure your company isn't getting left in the dust by staying on top of new changes as they hit the industry and changing the way you think of everything — from construction to demolition and everything in between.
Megan Ray Nichols is a science writer by day & an amateur astronomer by night (at least when the weather cooperates). Megan is the editor of Schooled By Science, a blog dedicated to making science understandable to those without a science degree. She also regularly contributes to Smart Data Collective, Real Clear Science, and Industry Today. Subscribe to Schooled By Science for the latest news.