The Future of Green Construction is Now

The aim of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is to boost low-carbon materials in civil projects. This bill contains government dollars for programs aimed to accelerate the construction industry’s shift toward using green building materials. It also contains $4 billion to improve resiliency in affordable housing, including funds for greener and more environmentally friendly low-carbon materials. This initiative is all in a fight to impact climate change, reduce carbon emissions and address record inflation.

Why do lawmakers believe this kind of action is necessary? Construction companies have a big impact on the environment and at the same time, construction plays a vital role in our economy, providing jobs for millions of people and helping to build the infrastructure that our nation needs to function. Unfortunately, the process of constructing buildings and other infrastructure creates pollution. Construction companies are aware of this fact and are taking steps to reduce their emissions and help mitigate climate change and its impact on the environment. The production of cement and other building materials accounts for a large percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the find-grained nature of construction waste makes it difficult to recycle. As the world confronts the reality of climate change, it is clear that the construction industry must find ways to reduce its environmental impact.

One way construction companies are doing this is by using more low-carbon and recycled materials in construction projects. This reduces the need to mine and manufacture new materials, which cuts down on emissions. Construction companies are also working on ways to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. This includes using better insulation and energy-efficient windows and doors. These measures help to reduce the amount of emissions produced by buildings over their lifetime. Construction companies are playing an important role in reducing emissions and mitigating climate change and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 hopes to assist in these efforts.

Many companies are increasingly using recycled steel and plastic, as well as sustainably sourced wood. These materials have a lower carbon footprint than traditional building materials, and they can help to reduce waste. In addition, greener materials often have superior performance characteristics, which can save money in the long run. As we move towards a more sustainable future, it is clear that greener building materials will play an important role in reducing the environmental impact of the construction industry.

 But how will the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 really help inflation? With supply prices rising, companies are facing challenges in bidding out work for long-term projects and there is skepticism on if this legislation will really help. However, the government is hoping that this initiative will help build greener, low-carbon facilities such as courthouses, office buildings, laboratories, land ports of entry, post offices and data processing centers around the country. 

Photos: – Kelly; – Artem Podrez
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