Did you know that the Everglades once covered almost 11,000 square miles of South Florida? Unfortunately, these wetlands have shrunk to about a fifth of that size today due to climate change and humans diverting the water into Floridian cities. This has caused a drastic decrease in the marine and surrounding animal life. Human interaction has also negatively impacted a variety of plant and animal life across ecosystems all around the globe. The construction of new cities and industrialization of new areas strips the surrounding land of its resources and can leave the soil susceptible to erosion. If you have been curious about how your construction company can reduce the impact it has on the Earth, check out these three tips.
Improve Your Demolition Strategy
A necessary part of construction is deconstruction and demolition. As buildings age and become outdated, they can be taken apart for materials and demolished to make way for new buildings that can serve the current population. Unfortunately, many components of old structures are deemed worthless and are needlessly dumped into a landfill. Among these materials are concrete, steel, carpeting, flooring, and ceiling materials, all of which can be reused or recycled. Practicing greener demolition operations can not only help the planet by decreasing the need for landfills, and preventing the wasting of resources to re-manufacture those materials, but it can also prove to be a profitable side gig for your business. Scrap metal yards and other recycling sites will pay for your leftover steel and concrete from construction or demolition projects. You could also open your own lot to sell leftover materials to the community, or offer to sell to other businesses at a discounted market rate.
Take Part In Hydroseeding Massachusetts
Hydroseeding Massachusetts is an initiative that aims to quickly replace foliage that is lost as the ground gets torn up from construction projects. The process involves using hydrograss technologies to reduce the risk of soil erosion. Hydro grass contributes to erosion control by keeping the topsoil in place and protected from the wind. Other advantages of Hydroseeding Massachusetts include the fact that hydroseed is cheaper than sod, grows faster than traditional grass, and requires little maintenance to grow.
Locally Source Your Construction Materials
Sometimes the easiest way you can practice greener construction operations is to buy locally produced materials. Materials like steel and concrete can sometimes be transported long distances to be used in construction projects, and the transportation process requires energy and the burning of fossil fuels. Shopping locally can also help improve your city’s economy, which could in turn help bring more people into your area who would require your construction business to build new storefronts and homes.
Using greener construction practices is easier than ever with the hydroseeding Massachusetts initiative. Hydro grass grows quicker than traditional grass, and is cheaper than other soil erosion control methods like laying down sod. You can also reduce your carbon footprint as a company by reusing and recycling materials gained from demolition projects, and by buying local supplies for construction projects.