The True Value of Green
Energy-efficient building is not just a passing fad. Even in the down economy, homebuilders and commercial contractors alike have continued to ramp up green business programs. And while protecting the environment is a significant perk to such programs, cost savings ultimately ends up playing a large role in bringing environmental efforts to fruition.
A recent survey reveals 78% of U.S. businesses consider cost savings as the leading motivator for green programs, with community goodwill and employee morale following at 58% and 56%, respectively.
While these numbers provide good insight into the reasons behind green programs, the ultimate outcome, in addition to cost savings, is a healthier environment. This particularly becomes important in the construction industry, as buildings are one of the leading causes of environmental pollutants.
Many construction companies have some form of internal sustainability practices to improve environmental practices in building and in business, and in many cases these practices include technology to help reduce paper usage, transportation expenses, and lighting costs, among others. (Construtech.com)