Use High-Efficiency Windows
Small changes can make a big impact. Using energy-efficient windows instead of traditional models will significantly reduce the rate at which a building loses heat to the environment. Not only will that reduce the energy bill, it also slightly reduces the amount of fossil fuels that will be burned to heat the home. The impact of a single window is small, but the savings that come from replacing many windows can add up over time. That makes this a reasonable investment for a renovation, but an excellent choice for new buildings.
Try Passive Solar
Passive solar power can heat a home with energy from the sun. It works by arranging the home’s windows to maximize the amount of energy that can flow into the home from the sun, while minimizing the amount that the home loses. This can be combined with other techniques, such as designs with a high thermal mass, to increase the home’s efficiency even further. It can also be used as a supplement to other heating systems. Since this is simply a matter of designing the home in the right way, it’s easy for construction companies to adapt to installing passive solar systems without buying any new equipment. That makes this one of the most popular choices for both builders and buyers.
Reducing consumption is the best way to protect the environment, but recycling is almost as powerful. Builders can contribute to the cause of conservation by reusing old building materials. It’s important not to use substandard components in an effort to recycle, but doors, scaffolding, and other components can often make use of recycled parts.
Transporting materials to a construction site can consume a huge amount of fuel. Whenever possible, try to take materials from local sources. That will minimize the use of fuel, which will help to prevent climate change. It will also save time, reduce costs, and support the local economy, so there’s no reason not to choose local materials if they are available.
In the end, conservation is the art of eliminating waste. In some cases, that means wasted energy or fuel, but it can also mean the waste that comes from making mistakes. A builder that forgets a tool and makes a special trip to get it is wasting fuel, while one that breaks a board and needs to replace it is wasting materials. Careful planning can reduce those mistakes, and thus reduce waste. It may seem like a small thing, but protecting the environment is a matter of making many small but effective changes, so every little bit helps.