HELP THE ENVIRONMENT WITH THESE GREEN BUILDING SOLUTIONS
With all of mankind’s scientific advances in recent history, it is becoming hard to ignore that our climate is changing and that humans have at least something to do with it. This realization had led many people to step up and try to find ways to help out: electric cars, riding a bike to work, turning off the lights in their home more often, among other initiatives. What can your company do with their building to reduce your carbon footprint? You can start by considering implementing some of the green building solutions below.
Install Truly Green Roofing
Some roof systems have green properties, such as a silicone roof coating, while other roof systems are actually green. A living roof is a great example of this. Foliage is planted on top of the roof, allowing the building to actually convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, rather than simply emit carbon dioxide.
Utilize Passive Solar Design
Passive solar design isn’t limited to just heating the building, although it does include heating the building. What this means is you design your building in such a way as to allow the sun to illuminate, heat, and cool the building in a passive and natural manner. No solar panels are required, which would be active solar design.
Reuse All the Water You Can
Utilizing a Dual Plumbing design, this system pretty much must be installed at construction (or during a major renovation). It uses one plumbing system for potable (drinking) water and one plumbing system for reclaimed water. This maximizes the utilization of water in the building and reduces waste.
Use Recycled Insulation
Most installation that people envision is fiberglass – but it is not very environmentally friendly. Many folks have found that there are plenty of recycled insulation materials available, including old denim, newspapers, and recycled plastic milk bottles.
Reflect the Sun Off Your Roof
A roofing system that has green properties but isn’t actually green is a silicone roof coating. These coatings go on your existing roof and provide reflectivity at the surface to prevent the building from heating up. This lowers energy usage in the building.
There are many different ways your company can help reduce it’s carbon footprint, and some of the above green building solutions can be extremely effective. Contact us today for other tips and tricks to help you reduce your environmental impact.