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Sustainability

Defining sustainability in construction varies from place to place. It’s constantly evolving to include different approaches and priorities. In general, the Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainable construction as “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.”Sustainability is one of the key components of green building, which strives to reduce the environmental impact that construction has on the Earth. Sustainability is an ongoing process that starts with design and ends with the destruction of the building. Maintaining a building that is designed to be sustainable will increase the life of the building, making it usable for years to come.

    How Green Building Impacts Homeowner's Insurance

    As a builder, developer or investor, you already know the importance of having the proper insurance coverage on a project. You may even already know the ins and outs of how to insure green..

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    The Benefits of Using Prefabrication Techniques

    Prefabrication techniques have been used in commercial construction for a long time and are becoming increasingly more common in residential construction as well. Technology has also made..

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    Sustainability Growth in Construction Best Practices

    Sustainability growth in construction is a hot button topic worldwide. Home buyers, governments and other public sector organizations are pushing for more sustainable and socially responsible..

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    Water Efficiency Best Practices in Residential Construction

    The way construction is done is changing in many ways. Builders, developers and investors are migrating from traditional building methods to green building. Green building involves several things,..

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    What is Smart Construction?

    Smart construction is not the same thing as SMART Technology, although it would be easy to confuse the two. SMART is an acronym that stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology...

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    5 Ways to Reduce Waste

    Construction waste and debris are inevitable aspects of the building process but the amount of waste can be regulated and reduced. According to construction panel manufacturer Norbord,"the average..

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    5 Ways to Reduce Toxins

    Historically, both residential and commercial construction projects have resulted in the release of toxins from building materials. We’ve all heard of older homes containing things like lead paint..

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    Drainage: Everything You Need to Know

    One of the most important things to keep an eye on during construction is drainage. That’s because having proper drainage can affect a home both during the building process and long after a home has..

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    What is Indoor Air Quality and Why is it Important?

    Regardless of the size of your building project, indoor air quality is something that needs to be considered both during the construction phase as well as after the project is completed. The..

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    Sustainable Construction For Eco-Friendly Building

    As the Earth’s population grows and people use its finite resources, the push for eco-friendly processes and procedures has come to the forefront of everyone’s minds. Business leaders, governments..

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    The Seven Components of Green Building

    Green building is on the rise and builders, developers, investors, brokers and architects are learning the ins and outs of the process. Green building encompasses several things and can be applied to..

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