Organizing materials greatly reduces waste
Numerous processes have been implemented in our construction phase to further the sustainability aspects of our project.
Contractor Selection. Virtually all our contractors are local, and in some cases even walk to the jobsite. A local team minimizes gasoline burned commuting to the site, bolsters the local economy, and facilitates greater local sourcing of materials as the local team knows where to purchase materials that are close to the project. In addition to a basic truck, our general contractor has a Prius hybrid and many errands related to our project use that vehicle.
Electric vs Gasoline Powered tools. Our project has eliminated all gasoline powered “gen-sets” for powering tools and air compressors. This was accomplished by running temporary power to the project site at the outset of construction, and by installing a single, large electric compressor, with hose bibs running around the perimeter of the jobsite, for providing compressed air to the nail guns and other pneumatic tools used in the construction process. Small gasoline gen-sets have no emissions controls and eliminating them from the jobsite significantly reduces air pollution generated during construction.
Salvaged wood at the job site
Material Sourcing and Reuse. Wherever possible (such as our concrete and wood supply) materials are sourced locally, reducing transportation requirements. We reuse whatever materials we can during the construction process. For example, wood forms used for construction were made with screws, and subsequently disassembled, cleaned, sorted, and stacked in outdoor racks for reuse during the project. We completed our detached garage early in the project, and used this space as an inventory control area from which hardware and construction supplies were well-organized. This eliminated redundant purchasing and also sped construction. During the process of building a typical home, dozens of large dumpster runs often occur. Thus far in the construction of our home, not a single load has gone to the dump, all excess materials are either reused or recycled.