Many contractors are beginning to recognize their impact on the environment. By introducing eco-friendly products and practices, you can create a green jobsite that will help ensure a sustainable future. Doing so also reflects well on your company’s image and reputation as consumers continue to put more emphasis on environmentally friendly products and lifestyle choices. Follow the tips below to help reduce your environmental footprint.
Use sustainable materials
Things like sustainable concrete, wool bricks and solar panels will make your projects much more eco-friendly. If you are just starting to work with environmentally friendly materials, look for domestic suppliers – this will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from transporting materials over long distances.
Switch to LED
Incandescent bulbs are becoming a thing of the past. Change the bulbs on your worksite to LED – this will save money on your lighting bill because they use 80 per cent less energy than their incandescent counterparts. LED bulbs do have a larger upfront cost, however, they run up to 25,000 hours, making them a great investment.
Carrying around a binder full of paper is not only inconvenient, but it is also a waste of natural resources. Convert your files to a tablet or laptop, as this makes your paperwork portable and easier to access. By reducing your paper use, you can also save money on printing while creating a greener jobsite.
When transitioning to a more environmentally friendly operation, let clients, employees and third parties know about your plan. Start by pointing out small changes, such as recycling stations and sustainable products. Getting everyone on board will help to make a green jobsite a priority.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is certified by the Canada Green Building Council. LEED is a rating system that is used internationally for recognizing new green buildings and homes. It identifies homes that are sustainable, reduce water consumption and are healthy for occupants. If you want to make your projects eco-friendly, receiving a LEED certification is an excellent first step.
Making an eco-friendly work area does not happen overnight – introduce gradual changes like recycling stations and new technologies. Eventually your employees and suppliers will understand these modifications and see them as a priority.