From market demands to client demands, more property owners are going green than ever before. Businesses that choose general contracting for sustainable construction services are not only realizing that it’s the better choice for the environment, but that it will also reduce energy costs and boost their bottom line.
General Contracting for Green Building Practices
Green building, also referred to as green construction or sustainable building, refers to construction processes that take significant steps to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, especially when using materials that minimize the depletion of natural resources.
The U.S. EPA says “Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high-performance building.”
Top 3 Benefits of Sustainable General Contracting and Construction Services
Green buildings focus on reducing the impact on the environment and saving energy costs during the construction processes as well as during operation. The goals? To promote overall human health, boost the bottom line and benefit the community.
One common misconception about green buildings is that they are costly. However, when you consider a building’s cost over its lifetime, green buildings are often the less expensive route. Investing in green building construction will not only save on operational and energy costs, but also promote the health of occupants and create a lucrative market for green products and services.
According to Dodge Data & Analytics, building owners report that green buildings – whether new or renovated – command a 7 percent increase in asset value over traditional buildings.
With the depletion of nonrenewable resources, green building practices allow us to do more with less. Environmental benefits of green construction are significant and include waste reduction, conservation of natural resources, protection of biodiversity and ecosystems as well as improved air and water quality.
Green buildings achieving the LEED certification in the US and other countries have been shown to consume 25 per cent less energy and 11 percent less water, than non-green buildings.
Building and property owners have the opportunity to prove their values to the surrounding communities by decreasing strain on local infrastructure. Plus, green building construction and general contracting practices brings social benefits by improving Indoor Life Quality and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health / Syracuse University Center of Excellence / SUNY Upstate Medical School, workers in green, well-ventilated offices record a 101 percent increase in cognitive scores (brain function).
Sustainable General Contracting and Construction Services in NJ, NY and PA
As you can see, using general contracting for green building construction is becoming more of the norm (rather than the exception). At East Coast Construction, a leading full-service commercial construction management and general contracting firm, we have successfully completed numerous sustainable projects throughout New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania and understand the importance (and impact) going green can have.
To find out more about going green with your next project, please contact our team at 732-329-3600.
Sustainability is the future, and general contracting for sustainable construction is the best way to ensure it.