According to the Construction Informer, 24 percent of all solid waste that is sent to landfills in the United States is construction debris. In some parts of the country, that number can be as high as 50 percent. But there are initiatives and green construction efforts that are starting to catch on that are helping to reduce construction waste. If your company wants to see the financial and marketing benefits of reducing construction waste, then you need to be up to date on the latest green building rules.
Utilizing Modular Construction Methods
Modular construction uses pre-fabricated building sections that are put together on site to meet the needs of the client. The Construction Informer estimates that using modular construction can help to lower construction waste by as much as 15 percent. Construction company owners who have to pay for landfill space can appreciate just how much money can be saved when waste is reduced by 15 percent, and how much money that puts back into the company’s bottom line.
If your company is building a parking lot where a building used to stand, then grinding up the concrete that was used in the old structure to act as the gravel foundation for the new parking lot can save a great deal of money. Construction companies that salvage interior fixtures and other elements that can be used in new buildings can save money and pass that savings on to their customers. When you pitch a project, give the customer the choice of saving money by utilizing refurbished components. You will be shocked at how much more money you make, and how many customers are willing to save money by using recycled components.
Get LEED Certified
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program that offers four levels of certification, and acts as proof to your customers and future customers that you design projects with the environment in mind. Becoming LEED certified allows a company to bid on special LEED projects, and it also helps a company to take advantage of federal and state tax incentives and tax breaks.
In order to achieve and maintain a LEED certification, the contractor has to develop ways to monitor the way that all waste is disposed of or recycled. By recycling materials, contractors can earn points towards upgrading their LEED certification level. But many contractors are also realizing that using methods developed for the LEED project save money on materials costs, and bring a large return on a project’s profit bottom line. When a contractor gets involved in the LEED initiative, they are helping the environment by reducing waste and increasing profits on each project.
If you want to learn more about reducing construction waste, then start a course with PDH Contractors. The PDH Contractors website is a strong resource for contractors who want to understand how to reduce waste on their jobsites, while increasing profits at the same time. With the help of PDH Contractors, you can also get information on the LEED initiative and find out how it can help your business.