top of page

How Construction Companies Can Lead in Environmental Conservation

Environmental conservation has become increasingly vital in the construction industry due to growing concerns about sustainability and ecological preservation. Construction companies like LaRosa Builders (a division of LaRosa Groups) have the potential to lead the way in environmental conservation efforts. By prioritizing environmental considerations on construction sites, we can minimize the ecological footprint, contribute to environmental protection, and build a more sustainable future. This article explores how construction companies can get the job done while still being eco-friendly.

“LaRosa Building Groups is focused on being a sustainable company on both large and small scales. From reducing significant amounts of construction waste to recycling a can in the office, our carbon footprint matters to us,” says James LaRosa, CEO of LaRosa Groups.

The Importance of Environmental Conservation in Construction

Construction can have a large impact on the environment, and it can be positive or negative. While LaRosa strives to make our impact a more positive one, we know the reality of the industry can sometimes look like this:

  • Habitat Destruction: Construction activities often involve clearing large areas of land, resulting in the destruction of natural habitats such as forests, wetlands, and grasslands.

  • Soil Erosion and Degradation: Excavation, grading, and land clearing can accelerate soil erosion, leading to sedimentation in water bodies and degradation of soil quality.

  • Deforestation: Construction projects frequently require timber and wood products for building materials. Unsustainable logging practices for construction purposes contribute to deforestation, which reduces carbon sequestration, exacerbates climate change, diminishes biodiversity, and disrupts ecosystems.

  • Air Pollution: Construction activities generate significant air pollution through emissions from heavy machinery, diesel-powered vehicles, and construction materials such as cement and asphalt.

  • Water Pollution: Construction sites can contaminate water bodies through runoff of sediment, construction debris, and pollutants such as oil, chemicals, and cementitious materials.

  • Waste Generation: Construction projects generate vast amounts of waste. Improper management of construction waste can lead to landfill overcrowding, soil and water contamination, and wildlife habitat degradation.

Construction will never go away; it’s important to find and implement sustainable approaches to reduce the impact of our work on the environment.

Minimizing the Environmental Impact

Addressing the negative impacts of construction on the environment requires implementing sustainable construction practices, adopting environmentally friendly technologies, minimizing resource consumption and waste generation, and mitigating environmental risks. And that’s exactly what LaRosa strives to do on each project. Read more about our sustainability approach to construction projects.

By sharing ideas on how construction companies can become more sustainable, we can work together to preserve our environment. LaRosa is taking a stand and leading the way in becoming more eco-friendly:

  • We provide Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Passive House materials when specified and have greatly reduced what goes into a landfill through sorting, recycling, and thorough waste management plans.

  • LaRosa has been upgrading its fleet and heavy equipment to be more fuel-efficient.

  • We utilize software that limits unnecessary equipment idling and helps with proper vehicle maintenance.

  • For many years, LaRosa has operated as a paperless, technology-driven company. We invest in software to eliminate the need to print or receive paper. We no longer plot full-size drawings and communicate largely through innovative platforms.

Perhaps most importantly, we invest in our staff. We educate our employees on Passive Housing and energy-efficient practices, and we regularly evaluate our workplace to find ways to improve our culture. We have minimized pollution by remote working and carpooling to meetings or job sites whenever possible. We conserve energy in the office through efficient HVAC, occupancy sensors, and tablet docking stations. Many employees demonstrate sustainable habits by bringing lunch, using reusable containers, and recycling whenever possible. Our clients know we share in their sustainable beliefs not only on the project site but in our daily habits as well.

Sustainable Building Practices

Sustainable Building Practices

Sustainable building practices aim to minimize the environmental impact of construction and promote the efficient use of resources. Even small steps can make a big difference.

Sustainability starts when the project is just an idea, and it should remain top of mind throughout the project and into completion. Environmental consciousness continues when the new building is up and running.

These are some ways construction companies and sites can be more sustainable:

  • Energy Efficiency: Designing buildings to optimize energy performance by incorporating features such as high-efficiency insulation, energy-efficient windows, and LED lighting.

  • Passive Design Strategies: Utilizing passive housing design principles to optimize natural lighting, ventilation, and heating and cooling systems.

  • Use of Renewable Energy Sources: Integrating renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind turbines, or geothermal heat pumps to generate clean, renewable energy onsite and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Sustainable Materials Selection: Choosing environmentally friendly building materials with lower environmental impacts, such as recycled or reclaimed materials, sustainably sourced wood, and low-emission products.

  • Water Efficiency: Implementing water-efficient fixtures and systems, such as low-flow faucets, dual-flush toilets, and rainwater harvesting systems, to reduce water consumption and minimize strain on local water resources.

  • Waste Reduction and Recycling: Implementing construction waste management plans to minimize waste generation, reuse materials where possible, and recycle construction and demolition debris.

  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Prioritizing indoor air quality by using low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, adhesives, and finishes, as well as specifying natural ventilation systems and air filtration technologies to promote occupant health and comfort.

  • Green Roof and Living Wall Systems: Incorporating green roof and living wall systems into building designs to enhance thermal insulation, manage stormwater runoff, improve air quality, and create habitat for wildlife.

  • Sustainable Site Development: Designing buildings and landscapes to minimize environmental impact on the surrounding ecosystem, preserve natural habitats, and promote biodiversity.

It’s the responsibility of construction companies to lead in environmental conservation. Through the adoption of sustainable building practices, construction companies can significantly mitigate their environmental impact while contributing to a more sustainable future. Let’s continue to work together toward a more sustainable industry, where environmental conservation is not only a goal but a guiding principle in every project we undertake.

16 views0 comments


bottom of page