Being good stewards of the earth means being conscious of the waste generated by construction and demolition and taking steps to make positive changes. Low tipping fees continue to keep the cost of waste as a lesser cost component of new construction for your ambulatory clinic projects. Regardless, you can reduce construction and demolition waste by turning to MedSpace Innovations using our optimized construction with unitized walls that include factory installed plumbing and electrical.
How much construction waste is generated by each square foot of your new construction? The United States Forest Service conducted a study nearly 10 years ago that delivered shocking and repeatedly cited results. Construction waste for a 2,000 square foot building generated over 5,000 pounds of waste. Even though construction managers encourage effective waste reduction at the job site by emphasizing proper measuring and recycling of drywall, one report indicates 40% of all landfill waste is from construction and the majority of this is drywall waste. Drywall can be recycled but most is still sent to landfills due to challenges with separating drywall from other construction and demolition waste.
The Environmental Protection Agency charts a significant increase in recycling of municipal solid waste in the last 30 years. As a result, the EPA is shifting focus to sustainable materials management (SMM). “By looking at a product’s entire life cycle, we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs. SMM is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles.”
MedSpace Innovations helps you take a systemic approach to your sustainable materials management efforts. Prefabricated walls eliminate drywall waste and vacuum plumbing eliminates waste and hazards of concrete coring and trenching. Reconfigurability extends product lifecycle and reduces carbon footprint. You’ll save as much as 68% in water consumption and waste water discharge.
Reduce construction and demolition waste and continue the positive trends in sustainable materials management. Contact us.