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Eco-friendly building practices have multiple benefits, the most important being to reduce the carbon footprint of construction all over the world. As the environmentally responsible option, it also has a life cycle of economic benefits which are to the advantage of everyone in the area as well as the environment.

Five eco friendly building practices

Construction and building materials supplier Sandshifters offers five methods to employ eco-friendly solutions in construction:

1. Integrate “green” into the design

Construction using eco-friendly building materials is one way to ensure the eco-friendly nature of a build. The building can be made even greener by keeping eco-friendly building practices in mind throughout the design and construction phases. Building a “green” project, instead of just using green materials, allows the mind set of eco-friendly building practices to spread further, even long after the building’s construction had been completed.

2. Build durable foundations

The lifespan of a building is important in determining how “green” it is in nature. With durable foundations, the potential lifespan of a new building is increased – which is best practice when it comes to eco-friendly construction. It is more sustainable to renovate or expand on an existing building than to tear the whole thing down and start from scratch. This is why it is important to erect buildings that last.

3. Strategically Place Windows

When “green thinking” is applied to the design of a building, the heating and cooling are taken into consideration. If well placed, windows can have a significant impact in negating the need of artificial, indoor temperature control.

Something as simple as where a window goes can have a huge impact on the functionality of the building. Take advantage of the sunlight and natural breezes by considering both elements in your construction and design. For example, using thermal breaks in the glass and aluminium frames will lower the need for cooling and heating and lower the building’s energy use.

4. Reduce the waste and pollution from the project

Methods to reduce a project’s waste can be achieved by reusing existing materials on site to introduce eco-friendly building practices. Reduce the waste produced by a building project by buying building materials made from recycled materials. Building material suppliers will often make the option available to construction companies. This opportunity should be taken advantage of where viable, especially if you are the construction is unable to reduce waste elsewhere. Aggregate is a perfect example of recycled materials that can be used effectively and efficiently in any new construction project. Keep recyclable materials far from any waste or toxic materials left over so that construction rubble removal services can still take them away safely as potentially recyclable.

5. Trust construction rubble removal services to responsibly dispose of unused building materials

When a construction project is complete, there are often construction and building materials left over, as well as waste. Construction rubble removal services will safely dispose of any hazardous materials which could cause multiple health complications for those exposed to them.

Making use of professional site clearance services provides peace of mind that the most important job when it comes to protecting the environment is well taken care of. They will turn any recyclable materials into building materials that can be reused, for example, turning crushed stone and debris into aggregate.

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