Increasingly over the past few decades, humans have become more and more conscious of our impact on the world around us. Sustainability has become a top priority for many different companies across a wide variety of industries, and construction is no exception.
If you’re looking for a way to minimize the environmental impact of your next project, we’ve got a few easy ways for you to make your operation a little greener!
Use sustainable materials when possible.
A good way to reduce environmental waste during your construction project is to make an effort to use building materials that can be recycled or that are made from previously recycled resources. Work with your suppliers to see how they source their materials and if they have recyclable alternatives (bamboo, stainless steel, etc.) for what you need.
You can also try to incorporate sustainable elements into the design of your building itself, such as ENERGY-STAR certified HVAC systems and appliances, energy-efficient lighting, and water conservation technology.
Dispose of your waste properly.
Unfortunately, no matter how many of the materials you use are recyclable, a construction project is going to produce some waste. The key is to ensure this waste is sorted and taken care of responsibly, rather than throwing everything in one big dumpster truck.
Set up a system or appoint an individual or team to keep recyclable waste separate from waste that needs to be disposed of. Then, use a waste removal process or service that uses sustainable methods to eliminate what’s left and dispose of it somewhere that isn’t hazardous to the environment.
Use hardwood crane mats to protect your worksite.
Heavy construction equipment can be dangerous and damaging to the landscapes on top of which you’re physically working. Laying down crane mats to support that equipment as you operate it will protect those sensitive grounds and the ecosystems that depend on them. Mat use is especially important if you’re working on or around endangered lands—whether for restoration or another project—and in areas that are home to endangered species.
The wooden crane mats we offer at Ritter Forest Products are created from sawn hardwoods that are cabled together and placed on top of non-woven geotextile. These sustainable mats are available new, used, and for rent, and can be used on many projects over multiple years, making them both an eco-friendly and cost-efficient option for your company.
Contact us today to order our hardwood mats for your next project!