Environmentally friendly construction methods are gaining ground. Many firms understand that what is good for the planet is also good for their bottom line. According to the Green Building Council, reasons for undertaking eco-friendly construction include:*
- Green construction has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.
- Green construction restores, improves and even enhances the natural environment.
- Improved air quality results in better health, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.
- Soil and groundwater contamination are tested; drainage, water detention systems and water and soil quality are improved; and soil remediation performed.
- Green construction uses fewer natural and irreplaceable resources and minimizes waste, diverting more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.
The accompanying infographic lists methods of protecting the environment at construction sites before, during and after the project. When construction firms work in accordance with these eco-friendly practices, they benefit, the land/building owner benefits, people using the land and/or facility benefit and, perhaps most importantly, planet Earth benefits.
As awareness of the benefits of environmentally responsible construction grows, we can expect to see more efforts toward sustainability and efficiency and fewer negative impacts on the environment as a result of the building process.