Sustainable Building Practices
New development impacts the environment by reducing the number of natural areas and wildlife habitats in the community.
Adopting green business practices can help developers save money and minimize the effect of development on the environment. Consider the following:
- Using low-impact development on projects to manage storm water;
- Finding ways to recycle items during the demolition process;
- During construction site runoff control; and
- Building LEED-certified buildings through the U.S. Green Building Council
Post-construction stormwater management is an important consideration and can significantly reduce the amount of pollution heading to area waterways.
Developers are required to meet stormwater treatment guidelines approved by the city, but should consider taking further steps.
Best management practices can include non-structural methods of reducing stormwater such as using preserved soils or building stream buffers or can include more structural options such as permeable pavement or bioretention ponds.
Concrete wastewater is corrosive and can be harmful to aquatic life when washout from concrete trucks, tools or mixing equipment isn't handled properly.
Construction companies need to create concrete washout facilities to contain the waste and allow it to solidify in place. These facilities should be built in areas that are easily accessible for concrete-hauling vehicles, but not be located within 50 feet of storm drains, open ditches or bodies of water.
Washout facilities should also:
- Meet city codes and requirements;
- Provide proper containment appropriate to the project's size;
- Have gravel access to prevent tracking;
- Have clear signage; and
- Be designed to accommodate concrete-hauling vehicles and equipment.
Once washout facilities are in place, it's also important to make sure these facilities are properly maintained and inspected. When the facility is nears 75 percent full, it needs to be cleaned to restore capacity and prevent waste material from spilling out into the environment.