March
8 - 2011

Tips for Ecological and Frugal Renovations

 

The following is a guest post from Drake MacDonald. He has a great take on the basics. Have you done a green renovation? Share your own tips in the comments!

At some point during your tenure in your home or office building, you may consider a major renovation. Yet regardless of what space you are refurbishing, it is likely you will want to keep your renovations as frugal as possible. While renovating, you should take advantage of the opportunity to make your home or building greener. However making it your priority to become more environmentally friendly doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. Even if you if you don’t have a construction management degree, there a variety of tips you can take advantage of to make your renovation as ecological and frugal as possible.

When striving to go green, consider utilizing recycled materials in your renovation project. Wood, metal, and plastic can be all be recycled and used again in your house. By using recycled materials, you can save money and help improve the environment by reducing waste and providing a new use for old materials. Better yet, recycled materials still function just as well as new supplies, so you don’t have to worry about any long-term issues with your renovation.

Another idea to consider is the placement of your windows. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you want as many windows as possible to face south. This will maximize the amount of solar heat you can use to power appliances. Also, windows can help increase the amount of natural light in a room. Relying on natural light instead of electricity not only does this helps the environment by using less energy, but will also cut down on your power bill. You might also want change the lighting system in your home or office. One great option is switch to recessed lighting, which operates with less voltage than traditional lights. Since these systems run on dimming switches, you can also control the brightness of your lights, which will save you money in the long run.

Finally, when considering having a construction company help you with your renovations, it is important to look at their ecological profile. Ask the company what they do to help the environment. Many businesses will gladly tell you ways they will reduce emissions from equipment, remove waste and recycle parts, which should all be done for no extra fee. You should also search online or ask your local government about green incentives. There are a lot of tax breaks for taking measures to make your building green. Many times, these breaks can outweigh the cost of the entire renovation project.

Making a renovation to your home or office is a great chance to help the environment. Clearly you will want to make sure you save as much money as possible on your project, yet if you can do so and help the environment; it is that much better. Do a little research before you start and investigate ways that you can save money and be more environmentally friendly.

Drake MacDonald’s brief experience in construction introduced him to the field’s many shortcomings. As an online writer and editor, he works to promote construction management education in the hopes of improving industry standards of conservation and sustainability.

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