Without a doubt, sustainable construction brings a plethora of benefits. From environmental protection, to water and energy savings, improved health and increased productivity, green buildings simply improve our quality of life. Having recently celebrated World Earth Day 2022 under the theme 'Invest in our Planet', we are reminded more than ever of the need to shift towards more sustainable practices in all that we do.
Construction materials alone account for approximately 11 percent of global carbon emissions and so, cultivating sustainable practices in this industry is extremely important. Implementing more environmentally friendly measures into your construction project not only helps with the preservation of energy and other resources, it also reflects in the savings to be found later on.
Check out some key benefits of embracing sustainable construction.
Sustainability is all about a more holistic approach to decreasing the toxic output of pollutants into our environment. By making conscious decisions, such as choosing sustainable construction and implementing methods such as recycled materials during the construction process, integrating renewable energies, or simply opting for more energy efficient lighting for your new project, you are contributing significantly to the protection of the environment with the long term benefits that waste reduction and improved air quality brings.
Green buildings are proven to help conserve and even generate energy. Despite a common misconception that sustainable buildings cost more, their marginally higher upfront costs actually pay for themselves, at least ten times over, in the long run. It is therefore no surprise that more and more projects are popping up with a focus on being ‘green’, or at the very least, more sustainable, as practices such as the installation of water tanks, irrigation systems and photovoltaic panels can make way for very healthy savings on future water and energy bills. Sustainable construction ensures no resource goes to waste and whatever is used, it is less harmful to the environment and friendlier on your pocket.
While we can always feel good about reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the environment, we can feel great about ourselves when utilizing sustainable construction-literally! Studies have proven that greener, more sustainable buildings actually provide increased health benefits to humans over more traditional building structures, due to the focus on areas such as incorporating natural lighting and better air quality into building plans which ensures a less toxic environment and helps to purify the air.
Improved Workplace Culture
Many companies across the globe are setting their sights on reducing energy consumption and toxic emissions, since not only is it better for the environment in general, it is also a plus for attracting future investors and most importantly, improving upon, or creating new workplace cultures. A workplace environment built around sustainability fosters positivity and co-operation, boosting staff morale and the overall health of employees. Staff will always give of their best when they feel at their best, so incorporating greener methods such as natural lighting, climate control, ventilation and the integration of outdoor views, for example, into a commercial project design, can really raise employee health, staff morale and overall staff satisfaction, thus reducing leave, lowering the rate of turnover, improving productivity and of course, raising the overall brand image of the company!
Undoubtedly, everyone has their part to play as the world continues to search for ways to implement more sustainable technologies and practices that play both active and pro-active roles in saving our planet. The choice in sustainable construction means more than creating a smaller carbon footprint, it means a healthier environment, happier people, real savings and most of all, a future for the next generation. At Blue Print Management, we are more than happy to help you with your next green or eco-conscious project. Contact us today!