Whether you are at home or at work, it is nice to do your own bit for the environment. All over the country people are sorting packaging into the right recycling bins, and switching off the lights when they leave the room. If you are a builder, you have the chance to make an extra impact when it comes to being eco-friendly, as you will be involved in materials, transport and plots of land. It can be easy to forget about the planet when you are going about your daily business, but a bit of active thinking can make all the difference for many generations in the future.
So if you want to make the change to become a little bit more “green” here are a few ways you can help in the coming months:
Drive carefully and safely
As a builder you will spend a fair bit of time on the roads travelling between the sites you are working on. That means you can make a huge difference to the planet even before you have put your hard had on! Did you know that accelerating can cause damage to the environment? That is why the government agencies recommend that you miss out gears when possible as it will reduce the amount of acceleration you actually need to do. Also, avoid driving at high speeds for prolonged periods of time as this will also waste fuel.
Protect habitats and species
Make sure that the work you do doesn’t negatively impact the environment. There are some notable protected species in the UK, some of which may mean you need a license. Look on sites such as middlemarch-environmental.com for information on great crested newts surveys, as well as water voles and bats. These surveys will identify what needs to be done in order to maintain and preserve the ecosystem.
Use energy efficient solutions
It really helps if you are passionate about the materials you use for a job, so try and source some that will create energy efficient solutions for homeowners. This may be the type of insulation you use for the attic and wall cavities, or it could simply be the choice of manufacturer for your windows and doors. Energy efficiency is a big deal to people as it can actually lead to cheaper bills each month; become knowledgeable about the materials you use so you can advocate the benefits to the end users.
Source sustainable materials
Once you have thought about the energy efficiency of your materials, see whether you can find items that have come from well managed sources. Can you find sustainable timber? Perhaps you want to find a local firm who manufactures glass so you don’t need to look further afield. Remember that some products can often come from overseas, and each mile of that journey can be a negative thing for the environment. Buying local and sustainable materials can make a difference, so do a bit of research and see what you can find.