Jun 3, 2016
Today’s podcast from an article written for our website
blog by Jessica Kane, a professional blogger who writes for Federal
Steel Supply, Inc., a leading supplier of carbon, alloy and
stainless steel pipes, tubes, fittings and flanges.
Nowadays, going green is the biggest way to draw in customers. This is true for most industries, but contractors are particularly affected. After all, who wants to pay for a house that will just end up wasting resources and costing the buyer more? For any contractors that want to go green and draw in more customers, here are 5 ways to be more eco-friendly.
1. Use Green Materials
If there is ever the option, always err on the side of using recycled building materials. Things like recycled glass and tile are easy to come across and ensure that they do not contribute to taking up space in a landfill. As an added bonus, recycling has become such a buzzword that it will quickly draw customers to any contractor claiming to use recycled materials during home building!
A lot of people see hardwood floors as a green option; after all, wood is renewable, right? The answer is yes, but only technically. Wood can obviously be regrown, but when people are using up and destroying more than 150 acres of rainforest per day, and more than 70 million acres per year, it is no longer renewable. Wood can be regrown but with how long it takes, wood is about as "renewable" as oil!
Instead, choose a green alternative like bamboo. It works just as well, grows quickly and can be planted in a wide variety of places.
2. Keep the Home Sealed
Sealing up air leaks, adding insulation and using glass that helps hold in heat can do a lot to lower the carbon footprint of a home. These may seem like simple steps, but they can do a lot to help save resources. If the house is tightly sealed, a metaphorical mountain of energy can be saved by the people in the home come winter. If the home isn't letting out the heat, there's no reason to crank up the thermostat! Not to mention that potential buyers will be thrilled to hear that they can save a few extra bucks during the winter months.
3. Buy Locally
Whenever possible, get the resources to build the home as locally as you can. Imported products may sound nice, but transporting them to where they need to be is often a colossal waste of energy. Take, for instance, the insulation for a home; if there is a local producer near the work site, do everything possible to buy from there. It will also appeal to the buyers that they can help support the local economy by building their house. Everyone loves supporting local businesses!
4. Location, Location, Location!
One key, yet often overlooked, factor in home building is what direction the home is facing. If at all possible, a home should not be built facing west. This will limit the sun exposure, and thus cut back on how much the buyer has to waste on air conditioning. This will appeal to potential home buyers and show them that their contractor is thinking about their best interests!
5. Rainwater Harvesting
A new question that people have been asking themselves is; why is toilet water purified? It is a massive waste of resources to purify water that will never touch human lips, and rainwater harvesting is the solution. By installing a rainwater harvesting system, rainwater will go into the home where it can either be purified into drinking water or go straight to things like sewage that do not need "clean" water. If a contractor should need to convince a buyer that it is a good idea, just remind them that it will save them on the water bill each month! They'll love it!
These are just 5 of the dozens of ways that contractors can go green in their building projects. They can make huge contributions to the environment, all while attracting customers! The only reason to not go green is if someone a.) hates having a planet and b.) hates being successful!
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a leading supplier of carbon, alloy and stainless steel pipes, tubes, fittings and flanges and we thank her for her contribution to making the lives of all construction contractors better and more profitable personally and professionally.
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