The Importance of Sustainability in Construction Services

February 13, 2023

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the construction industry, and general contractors (GCs) play a key role in ensuring that buildings are designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible way. Here are a few ways that GCs can support sustainability in their projects:
  1. Materials: GCs can choose building materials that are sustainably sourced and have a low environmental impact, such as locally sourced materials, recycled materials, and materials with certifications such as the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
  2. Energy efficiency: GCs can help to reduce the energy consumption of a building by specifying high-efficiency HVAC systems, insulation, and lighting. They can also recommend alternative energy sources, such as solar or wind, to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.
  3. Water conservation: GCs can help to reduce water consumption in a building by specifying low-flow plumbing fixtures and using drought-resistant landscaping.
  4. Indoor air quality: GCs can help to improve indoor air quality by specifying materials that emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ensuring that proper ventilation is installed.
  5. Waste reduction: GCs can help to reduce waste by specifying materials that can be reused, recycled, or composted, and by ensuring that proper waste management systems are in place during construction.
At Weston Companies, we are committed to sustainability. Building owners, tenants, and business owners can be confident that their projects are being constructed in an environmentally responsible way. In addition, we work with our clients to build out their space to be sustainable and offer lower operating costs, improved indoor air quality, and a reduced environmental impact. Give us a call at (515) 446-9055 for your next project.