There has been a significant push towards becoming sustainable across all areas of life over the past decade. It is easier than you may think to do your part to make the world a greener place. Here are a few easy ways to make your construction company greener – and save money in the process.
Source Materials Locally
Buying local can be an excellent way to reduce your carbon emissions. This prevents the need for materials to be transported long distances and is a simple, easy way to reduce emissions from building work. It also has the added benefit of cheaper and quicker deliveries!
A significant percentage of the world’s road travel CO2 emissions come from freight transport – just under 30%. By buying locally, you won’t just be supporting local business, but you will be setting an example to others to encourage more eco-friendly business practices.
You could consider using materials from demolitions or excess from other projects for future use. Rather than sending all materials to landfill, this can be a great way to promote sustainability in your business and save some money in supplies. You could reuse many leftover or scrap materials to make aggregate materials. see more information here.
While you may not be able to reuse all components from demolition, there will likely be some parts that you could salvage. Over time this will add up and save you money.
Ditch The Paper
Using builders’ estimating software instead of manual pen and paper work could be a great way to reduce the amount of excess paper your business uses. This can also help to save you time – and therefore save you money. Check out this builders’ estimating software from Rapid Quote UK that allows you to streamline the estimating process and reduces the amount of paper your office goes through.
There are many small energy saving changes that you can make within your construction business. You might consider switching to LED bulbs, properly insulating your office and switching off machinery when not in use as well as using portable equipment such as Portable Construction Heaters so you do not have many tools plugged in. There are so many ways that you and each staff member can contribute to reducing your business carbon footprint.
Sign Up To A Green Organisation
Becoming a green organisation member can be an excellent way for you and your team to access resources to help you all do your part for the planet. You could sign up with a charity like UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) which connects and supports like-minded businesses in their pursuit of greener alternatives in construction.
Be Open To Suggestions
It could be a good idea to allow office staff to make suggestions on other ways that you can go green both in your office and on site. Having a regular meeting dedicated to green initiatives and ideas could be an excellent way to facilitate this, or you could have a suggestion box. This will have the dual impact of empowering your staff to make positive environmental changes and bring fresh ideas and innovation to the decision making process.