“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Businesses worldwide, irrespective of their industry, understand the importance of transiting to an environment-sustainable ecosystem. While many of these businesses are merely supporting the idea of sustainability via social media and PR branding. Only a handful of companies have embraced the must-needed shift in their company operations. However, agree or not, the future lies to those who are ready to integrate eco-friendly technologies, especially in land development business.
This practice is crucial because the real estate sector, including land development businesses, use 40% of the global energy annually. Additionally, they use 40% of the world’s raw materials and 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. By bringing the necessary change in your project, you can contribute significantly to the environment.
Next, we discuss a few prominent eco-friendly technologies you can deploy in your project.
Switch To Biodegradable Material
Traditional construction material often contributes to toxic chemicals and waste products. These take hundreds of years to break down. And even after degradation, they contaminate the environment.
That’s why you should use biodegradable materials when developing land (for any purpose). It includes:
- Mycelium (a type of fungus)
- Classic Linoleum
- Organic paints
Apart from this, use biodegradable plastics. Of course, it’s not a new technology, but it considerably lowers soil and water pollution. The breakdown process of biodegradable plastic is also simple; thus, it restricts the negative effect on the environment.
Tip: You may introduce a garbage collection, separation, and transportation system to lower plastics pollution.
Use Solar Power Plants
The use of renewable energy sources such as solar power plants is gaining quite a popularity among “green & sustainable businesses.” So much that it has developed an independent sector within sustainable construction technology.
It’ll help the developer in reducing their carbon emissions and energy costs.
However, it is noteworthy that solar power plants need to be constructed on flat land with less than a 1-percent slope. Depending on the technology you are deploying to integrate the system, the plant will require 5 to 10 acres of MW (Megawatt) of power.
As it is a heavy investment, developers can reap the benefits of the investment tax credit (ITC) introduced in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 48. According to this, developers can get a 30% Solar ITC Extension by following the wage and apprenticeship requirements. So, you’ll be saving the environment and finances.
Install Rainwater Tank
Irrespective of your land development purpose, you’ll need a safe and clean water supply. However, due to the amount of energy required to transit the water from its original source to processing plants & development sites, the overall cost of supply surges.
Thankfully, rainwater tanks are here for your rescue. The need to set up a processing plant is also eliminated as the rainwater is already clean. Instead, you only have to set up filters along the pipe to improve the purity. It’ll save energy, cost, and of course, nature.
To Sum It All Up
Green technology is in its early stages of development. Even so, state and federal governments are encouraging businesses to incorporate eco-friendly innovations into their daily operations. Even the smallest step you’ll take will contribute significantly to environmental protection. So, what’s holding you back? Use these ideas stated above on your project.