5 Ways Builders can Go Green and Win Buyers
Due to a rise in environmental awareness, there is a rising pressure on the building industry to look for eco-friendly alternatives outside of traditional construction methods.
People are beginning to realize how much money they can save by opting to build or buy a green eco-friendly home.
Make the Case for Green Options with Your Clients
Only about 14% of home buyers tend to opt for green homes according to the National Housing Market Index due to their belief in green homes alone. Therefore it is your duty as the builder to let them know about the benefits of buying a green home.
Having a green home is much cheaper in the long run as well as being healthier for both the residents as well as the environment.
It is best to pitch this case slowly along with showing how certain eco-friendly designs can save your clients money in the long run.
Use Sustainable Materials
A lot of traditional building materials are harmful to the environment but there are better eco-friendly building materials available nowadays due to technological advancements. A lot of these eco-friendly and sustainable materials have greater strength and durability.
An example of this is in making steel frames from recycled copper slag.
Install Solar Panels
Solar energy is a clean and renewable source of energy. Solar energy is the latest eco friendly technology for anyone who wants to harness the natural energy of the sun. Solar panels are expensive initially but will help you save a lot of money in the long run. The location where you set up and install your solar panels determines how much energy you can absorb and generate for your home. By simply harnessing the energy of the sun, you can reduce the amount of energy that you consume. The government also tends to give tax breaks to those that install and use solar panels.
Build Water Saving Fixtures in Your Homes
Install a rainwater harvesting system while building your green home from the roof and storing it in a tank. You can use the collected water for some other purpose in your home. Rain barrels are one of the most common techniques of harvesting rainwater nowadays.
You don’t have to wait for the tank to heat up as tankless water heaters only tend to boil the required amount of water that you need as it passes through the electric coils. This cuts unnecessary heating costs as well as water costs and also allows you to have some extra space in place of your hot water tank.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Construction Waste
- Contact your garbage hauler to get the appropriate containers for reuse and recycling construction waste. Label all your containers properly and regularly check them to make sure that they contain the right materials.
- Put aside a clear accessible area for recycling containers for materials
- Educate and involve everyone in the reduction and recycling campaigns you do
- Create waste reduction and recycling plans which clearly define what materials are to be used and reused and set goals for diversion
- Your building sites should have containers to separate out the different types of building waste materials such as cardboard waste, wood waste and scrap metal.
Eco-friendly construction is quickly becoming the norm nowadays with buyers becoming increasingly environmentally conscious but the builder’s role in creating eco-friendly buildings is an important one.
Erich Lawson is passionate about saving environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling equipments can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog
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