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Building More Sustainably: 8 Tips for Sustainable Building Practices

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Energy efficiency and sustainability play significant roles in many of the day to day activities in our lives. Whether it is educating others about the dangers of landfills, making a conscious effort to recycle carefully, or purchasing an electric car, everyone can lend a hand.

The impact of large commercial buildings is not always considered an area to target for sustainability efforts. Still, energy use is one of the most significant costs of a building. Around 30% of the energy consumed by sizeable companies is wasted. It is possible (and necessary) to build better structures to save your company money and preserve the ecosystems. Looking at sustainable building practices can help you zero in on areas you can improve.


Top Eight Ways to Build More Sustainably

  1. Design Structures Intelligently
  2. Build with Recyclable and Sustainable Materials
  3. Opt for Modular Construction
  4. Use Preventative Maintenance
  5. Install Energy Saving Electrical Sockets
  6. Take Steps to Reduce Water Consumption
  7. Use Energy-Efficient Lighting


1. Design Structures Intelligently

Architecture that focuses on sustainable practices can reduce the future impact of the buildings. Presently, 39% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. Heating and cooling play significant parts in pollution, and taking advantage of design methods, and materials can reduce the problem. For example,

  • Use cool roofs to reflect sunlight away from the building.
  • Install Smart Appliances to increase energy efficiency.
  • Work with low-impact materials.


2. Build with Recyclable and Sustainable Materials

One of the best ways to create a sustainable building is to start the project with eco-friendly (possibly already recycled) components. Many people are familiar with repurposed glass or plastic, but not everyone is familiar with the sustainability of steel. 

Steel has many redeemable qualities, making it an ideal choice for construction projects. However, steel is the most recycled product in the world.  

  • Steel, like the type used to make steel frames, is 100% recyclable. 
  • Using repurposed steel has several beneficial side effects. 
    • Mining raw materials to make more is reduced.
    • The water and energy sources used to create new steel can be dramatically cut.
    • Sending other types of building materials to landfills will occur less often. 
  • Steel is thermally efficient, long-lasting, and requires little up keep. 


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3. Opt for Modular Construction

Off-site construction of parts for a building saves time and energy that goes into conventional building. It reduces wasted materials at the building site and saves money in the long run. 


4. Use Preventative Maintenance

By spending time ensuring systems run smoothly, you can stop problems before they begin. Machinery that is on the verge of breaking down wastes energy and often requires costly repairs or replacement when it stops working. Well-cared-for equipment saves money and makes a long life possible.


5. Install Energy Saving Electrical Sockets

By using sockets that automatically turn off when not in use, you can eliminate stand by power draw. While some contend that standby power draw is a small amount, combine all of the elements of your business and you may be surprised by the amount and cost of wasted power. Using energy-saving electrical sockets is a small change that can have significant consequences. 


6. Take Steps to Reduce Water Consumption

Eliminating wasted water is easier than ever because of the number of products available for use. Consider options such as, 

  • Automated flushers in toilets and urinals 
  • Cistern weight or converter in toilets 
  • Dual flush toilets 
  • Low flow taps  
  • Sensors to control the water turning on and off 
  • Tap aerators 
  • Water flow restrictors

Regular maintenance and checks for leaks are also good ways to prevent water waste. The savings you will see on your water bill are an added bonus to making your building efficient. 


7. Use Energy-Efficient Lighting

Smart lighting with movement sensors makes sense for most buildings regardless of the type of business you operate. This is especially true for conference rooms, restrooms and breakroom facilities that are not always being used.  

An often overlooked way to save on electricity consumption is switching to LED lightbulbs. These bulbs last approximately 15 to 25 times longer than regular bulbs while using nearly 90% less energy. 

Using natural light sources is another way to reduce electricity use. Consider skylights in your building when possible. Work with your designer to position windows so they provide maximum natural light. 


8. Ask Your Architect About Renewable Power Sources

You may be able to take advantage of renewable sources of energy like solar panels to lower costs and energy consumption.


The sustainable building practices you use today will help make a difference for decades to come. A key to implementing the best practices is working with a partner who understands why it matters and ways to make changes happen.

At Steel Frames WA, our expert staff can assist you in making all of your projects as sustainable as possible. To speak with a professional and learn more about the ways your company can help the Earth, please contact us. We can build a better future together.

Jeremy O’Donoghue

Managing Director at Steel Frames WA

Home-building expert Jeremy O’Donoghue has worked productively in the industry for 15 years, at both ABN and BGC groups. Jeremy is experienced in delivering quality steel frame products that precisely meet client needs.