Jobsite & Business Practices

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Protect trees and topsoil during site work.
  • Protect trees from damage during construction by fencing of the drip line around them.
  • Avoid major changes to surface grade.
Avoid use of pesticides and other chemicals that may leach into the groundwater.
  • Look into less toxic termite treatments, and keep exposed frost walls free from obstructions to discourage insects.
  • When back filling a foundation or grading around a house, do not bury any construction debris.
Minimize job site waste.
  • Centralize cutting operations to reduce waste and simplify sorting.
  • Set up clearly marked bins or trash cans for different types of usable waste (wood scraps for kindling, sawdust for compost, etc.).
  • Find out where different materials can be taken for recycling, and educate your crew about recycling procedures.
  • Donate salvaged materials to low-income housing projects, theater groups, etc.
Make your business operations more environmentally responsible.
  • Make your office as energy efficient as possible, purchase energy efficient vehicles, arrange carpools to job site, and schedule site visits and errands to minimize unnecessary driving.
  • In your office, purchase recycled office paper and supplies and recycle office paper waste.
  • Use coffee mugs instead of disposable cups. On the job site, recycle beverage containers.
Make education part of your daily practice.
  • Use the design and construction process to educate clients, employees, subcontractors, and the general public about environmental impacts of buildings and how these impacts can be minimized.


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