Green Construction Trends Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Green Construction Trends
A look at trends in new green construction methods, materials, and equipment.
# 148036 | 2,105 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 25, 2011 in Engineering (Construction) , Environmental Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how since ancient times, the construction industry has struggled to develop new methods, materials, and equipment to keep up with the growing demand for buildings and how it has endeavored to develop ways to build the society faster and better than it did in the past. In particular, the paper looks at how society not only demands that the construction industry build it bigger, better, and faster, but how they now want it done without harm to the environment. The paper examines some of these new greener methods, materials and equipment and how in our quest to build more energy efficient, environmentally friendly buildings, we have created many new challenges.

Executive Summary
What is Happening in the Industry?
Innovations in Concrete Foundations
Innovations Inside the Building
Recycling of Construction Materials
New Uses for Old Materials
Why is it Happening?
How Can These New Innovations Impact a Career in the
Construction Industry?

From the Paper:

"Green innovations are not only being reserved for the structural portions of the building, Contractors must be aware the newest innovations for the home, including low-flow faucets that can result in a reduction in water consumption of approximately 20% from the previous year (Weber, 2008). These new fixtures not only conserve water, but they are introducing many new lines and artistic innovations in them as well.
"Experts agree that of all of the kitchen appliances, the refrigerator uses the most energy, as it is on all the time (Baccinelli, 2008). Currently new ideas are under development to improve compressor technology to make it more efficient. They are also working on better insulation to retain the cold better. Manufacturers such as Whirlpool, Liebherr, GE and Thermadore are racing to produce the products with the right features to attract the new green consumer (Baccinelli, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AGC (2009). National Construction Group calls for New Federal Incentives to Encourage Recycling of construction Materials, Purchase of More Efficient Construction Equipment.Concrete Producer Online. March 23, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009 from news.asp?sectionID=1419&articleID=916304
  • Baccinelli, M. (2008). New Features and Technologies Boost Refrigerator Efficiency. Building Products. March/April 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2009 from refrigerator-efficiency.aspx
  • Nasvik, J. (2008). Vapor Membranes. Concrete Construction Online. December 1, 2008. Retrieved April 14m 2009 from news.asp?sectionID=986&articleID=818172
  • Palmer, W. (2007). Sustainable Construction with Concrete. Residential Concrete. March 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2009 from construction-with-concrete.aspx
  • Shepherd, D. (2009). Foundation for the Future. Concrete Construction Magazine. January 15, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009 from news.asp?sectionID=985&articleID=853242

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