After a construction job is done, you''ll find that there will be a lot of excess materials that might not be in a functional state to be reused. It's important, then, to find a contractor with the knowledge and desire to recycle those materials. A lot of what goes into the construction process, such as concrete, steel and wood, can be recycled at various centers throughout the country [source: EPA]. Your contractor should know of programs that can help with the recycling of those excess supplies so that your building site is the greenest it can possibly be.
For lots more information on building in a sustainable way, see the links below.
- Austin Energy. "Choosing a Green Building Professional." March 11, 2012. http://www.austinenergy.com/energy%20efficiency/Programs/Green%20Building/Resources/Fact%20Sheets/choosingGreenProfessional.pdf
- Contractors State License Board. "Basic Facts About Contracting in California." 2012. March 11, 2012. http://www.cslb.ca.gov/GeneralInformation/About/BasicFactsAboutCslb.asp
- The Energy and Envoromental Building Alliance. 2011. March 11, 2012. http://www.eeba.org/
- Environmental Protection Agency. March 2012. March 11, 2012. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/imr/cdm/index.htm
- Enviromental Protection Agency. "Recycle." March, 2012. March 11, 2012.
- Habitat for Humanity. "ReStore resale outlets." 2012. March 11, 2012. http://www.habitat.org/restores/default.aspx
- National Association of The Remodeling Industry. 2012. March 11, 2012. http://www.nari.org/
- U.S Green Buidling Council. "What LEED is." 2011. March 11, 2012. http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988
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