Nearly every modern industry in the world is turning toward more environmentally-friendly processes, not only as a means of protecting the environment but also in terms of developing more efficient, renewable processes. In other words, green technology—especially as it pertains to green construction services—helps builds operate more efficiently and in a way that is much eco-friendlier than it would have been in the past.
We are part of the green movement here at Rockford Structures, and the following are a few ways that new green tech shows itself in what we do every day:
Recycled Roof Insulation
There obviously has been a big shift away from using asbestos insulation inside homes, not only because it’s dangerous to live with and around but also because it takes hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. Manufacturers are finding increasingly better ways to replace asbestos with more modern and eco-friendly alternatives, such as cellulose insulation made from pulped recycled paper.
The sun obviously is a renewable source of energy, which is always going to be better for the environment than anything that uses natural nonrenewable resources like natural gas. If you can heat your home and provide electricity simply by using solar panels, that is a win for both the homeowner and the environment.
There are several ways in which water conservation can be improved within a home. For starters, a biological wastewater treatment system can allow certain types of water to be reused safely, while simply collecting and recycling rainwater for garden use rather than using the hose can save money and resources in other ways.
Low-Energy Light Bulbs
New low-energy light bulbs not only have been designed to use less electricity than their antiquated counterparts, but they also last a whole lot longer. By some estimates, low-energy bulbs can last as much as 100 times longer than traditional bulbs, which means they save on energy costs and are a better value in terms of replacements.
No one has used lead paint in their homes for decades, which obviously is a good thing, but toxic paints also aren’t great for the environment when it comes to disposal, either. New non-toxic paints and wood preservatives are healthier inside the home and in the environment after disposal.