Green Construction

There are several reasons for the adoption of a Green Construction philosophy. Hype and hot fads have nothing to do with the decision of John Stewart Associates to adopt green building techniques. The choices are really quite simple.

  1. Better Health
  2. Save Money
  3. Less pollution and lower Resource Consumption
  4. Tax Credits and Rebates

The choices we make about the buildings we live and work in have probably the greatest impact on the environment of any single decision we make as developers and individuals. In the United States buildings account for:

  • 36% of total energy use and 65% of electricity consumption
  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 30% of raw materials use
  • 30% of waste output
  • 12% of potable water consumption

Sustainability in Construction

While sustainability may be a popular buzz word in some circles; sustainability has a reasonable and practical definition that leads to a reasonable and practical implementation decision. Defined, it is ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ or more simply stated ‘A better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come.’

Global drivers for sustainable development

  • Global population: doubling every 40 years.
  • Material consumption: doubling every 20 years.
  • Global warming: the 1990s were the warmest decade in the 20th century.
  • Inefficiencies: it takes nearly 50 lbs of raw materials to produce only 2 lbs of finished or bought goods.
  • Dwindling resources: in 30 to 50 years, the demand of oil and gas will outstrip supply.
  • Sheer volume: construction is responsible for 40% of global energy use and raw materials.
  • Energy use: 50% of energy consumption is used in the operational phase of buildings.
  • Transport: 10% of national energy consumption is in the production and transport of construction materials.

We would love to speak to you about your next dental building construction project or church construction project and how green building techniques in conjunction with sustainable construction practices will work for you. Give us a call now at 1-248-685-0978 or send them an email at info@stewartcontractor.com

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