Construction waste recycling trend grows

January 24, 2013
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The cost of hauling away large materials can quickly rise – especially for construction or remodeling projects. From renting dumpsters to paying for proper disposal fees, the cost of throwing away items can quickly add up. According to Green Building Elements, approximately 8,000 pounds of waste go into landfills for the construction of a 2,000-square-foot home. For commercial buildings the costs are even greater because the spaces are significantly larger than residential homes.

Those pounds of waste add up and can cost a contractor a pretty penny, as well as have a huge impact on the local environment. Property management  companies, builders or commercial building owners about to start on construction for a new structure or remodeling project should consider taking a number of precautions to reduce the amount of waste produced by the project.

Before a material is cut or selected, direct all contractors and workers to measure spaces more than once. While measuring twice may delay a project – it won’t take up as much time or cost as much as re-cutting a material if the original measurement was wrong. Small increments of length can have a drastic impact on the quality and safety of a construction job, therefore, for the sake of safety, costs and waste reduction, measure twice before cutting and installing a product.

Reusing or recycling materials is one of the most popular ways to reduce the waste produced by a construction job. By reusing wood, glass and other materials, the cost of building a commercial property can significantly decrease. While this method may take extra planning to successfully location and consider where to use the materials in the plans, it will have a drastic impact on the sustainability of the structure.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is working to assist developers in the integration and planning of energy efficient technologies and solutions. Working in the greater Philadelphia area, this initiative was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of commercial structures. The organization may be able to support this cause and the sustainability of the buildings within the region by supporting waste reduction.

Budget for various waste reduction strategies and watch as the carbon footprint associated with constructing a commercial space drastically decreases.