Those in the construction industry in New Jersey and elsewhere know that trends come and go, and the needs and wants of individuals looking for structures to be renovated or built new can change in the blink of an eye. These days, a significant importance is placed on sustainability and considering the impact construction can have on the environment. As a result, many have asked the question whether building a new structure with sustainable materials is better than renovating an existing structure.
Studies that have assessed this question concluded that it is more sustainable and environmentally friendly to reuse and renovate existing structures rather than starting completely from scratch. While it is certainly worthwhile to use green methods and sustainable materials when a new structure is needed, some of those methods could be applied to already existing structures. As a result, the impact to the surrounding environment may be reduced while also improving energy use of the structure by implementing new green methods.
Some ways to improve an existing structure in a more environmentally friendly way include:
- Using materials that consist of mostly recycled elements
- Saving leftover materials to use in other areas of the renovation
- Replacing original windows that may be less energy efficient with more modern high-efficiency windows
Because climate change and factors of construction that affect the environment are such a concern, it is important that New Jersey construction company owners and developers comply with the laws relating to these issues. Environmental law can be a touchy subject for some, but if companies do not comply, they could face fines and other penalties. As a result, it is wise to ensure that any construction projects have the proper permits, permissions and other paperwork before getting started.