Drive by any construction site and besides the piles of timber, drywall, bricks or other materials destined to become walls- one sees dumpsters overflowing with scraps and damaged pieces of building material. Once a building is finished, it can boast to no end that it is energy efficient and eco-friendly, claiming that it will leave a significantly lower carbon footprint. In reality, staggering amounts of waste and CO2 emissions from the construction process itself have already done the environment damage.
For a project to be considered Sustainable during construction, several things need to take place. The entire life cycle of the building: from siting to design on through demolition- must use processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. In order to motivate builders to be more environmentally conscious, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Tax credits and Incentives are available to companies that achieve a LEED rating for a building or project.