Green Building Green Building
Guidelines for Design

Construction Management : Material Conservation

Construction Management Intro.
Demolition Plan
Salvage and Recycle in Demolition
Protect Topsoil and Vegetation
Stormwater Control
Site Waste-Management
Safety Procedures
Concrete and Masonry Reuse
Material Conservation
Safe Materials
Efficient, Low Pollution Equipment
Protect Occupants
Reduce Exposure to Pollution
Flush Air Before Occupancy
Purchase pre-engineered or factory-cut material whenever possible, so that the manufacturer is responsible for optimizing materials use and recycling waste. Examples are factory trusses, laminated and other engineered wood products, sheet metal cladding and roofing, 9-ft. gypsum board, pre-cut headers, pre-assembled joist bridging, etc.
Use reusable and recyclable forming materials, such as steel forms or standard wood systems. Rent scaffold and staging materials, posts and bracing, fencing and hoarding, or purchase material of construction-grade lumber for reuse within the project where appropriate.

  • Cost of waste should be factored into any decision to purchase material. Precisely cut material may cost slightly more but it saves installation labor, waste handling and disposal costs.
  • Construction-grade lumber stripped from other uses must be verified by project engineer and building inspector before reuse.
Last updated: Monday, 02/08/2010


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