It is possible to have a “Green” construction while reducing the carbon footprint of your construction project. Some people may be surprised that I said ‘carbon footprint’ because there is no way on earth that human activities can directly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. However, if you consider the fact that construction uses more energy, which in turn produces more emissions, then you can begin to understand the concept. These emissions may include greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and energy expended in transportation, building maintenance, and repair. While it may seem like your job is to make the most efficient construction project possible, you are actually creating a larger problem in the long run by not changing your habits.
For instance, did you know that the average North American consumes three times more fuel and produces five times more carbon dioxide than the world average. If you are planning on constructing any new buildings or remodeling of any existing ones, these numbers are important to consider. Are you planning on using or selling the home as a primary residence or a vacation home? If you are planning on living in it then you have a lot to lose. This is because the annual operating costs for buildings can exceed the total cost of the materials and labor required to build it.
When you are remodeling a house, it’s more difficult to assess the annual cost of doing it yourself versus hiring a contractor to do it. You can’t simply calculate the difference in the prices. What if you are making changes to the basement or adding on a room? What if the roof is leaking? There are many considerations to make before you start your project.
Of course, if you were starting from scratch and purchasing all new building materials, it would be much easier. You would need only purchase the materials you need, and you wouldn’t have to worry about where to purchase them, or what they would look like. With a pre-built construction, however, you have to make sure that the materials match the exterior of the home, and that you have them in sufficient quantities.
Another reason that reducing the carbon footprint of your construction project is so important is because of the emissions of heat that it will produce. Any building that is not properly insulated will generate a large amount of heat during the day. At night, this heat will escape through the windows, causing more energy to be expended. Your building should be well insulated; otherwise, you may find that your monthly utility bill increases significantly. The extra money that you spend on energy bills has a direct impact on the amount of carbon dioxide that is being released into the atmosphere.
It’s not just your utility bill that you need to consider. Furnace and cooling costs would also increase dramatically. Not only are you contributing to global warming by allowing the heat in your home to escape, but you are also contributing to respiratory problems. The average person is breathing about sixteen tons of carbon dioxide every single year, which is the equivalent of burning two cars each week.
Not only are your personal health and the environment being compromised by the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the air, but the cost to repair the damage that you have done to the planet would be enormous. Not only would the costs go up dramatically, but so would taxes. You would also be responsible for purchasing the necessary materials for the repairs. While you might have the money available to repair your roof, flooring, or other materials, it might take you thirty years before the money is available again.
Reducing the carbon footprint of your construction project doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, you can easily make it a low cost, high impact project simply by choosing materials that are better for the environment and the overall health of humans. By using recycled products in your building projects, you can help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the air and the amount of money that you will be required to pay for the repairs. Not only are you helping to keep the planet clean, but you will also be contributing to the economy. This means that once your business starts generating money from the improvements you have made to the building itself, you can use that money to pay for the upgrades you have been making. And that is one of the primary reasons why you should reduce the carbon footprint of your construction project.