There are many ways of going green. One of the ways is by promoting sustainable construction in accordance to GreenRE’s criteria which involves several areas including encouraging the adoption of construction practices and materials that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Efficient concrete usage during the construction of a building as well as the promotion of products and materials that are sustainable and environmentally friendly are a few examples of various measures to implement in a building.
Careful selection of sustainable materials used in the construction of a building is not only environmentally friendly, but can also contribute to the reduction in costs of construction and further benefit home owners as well as developers. Using materials that are available locally is another way to promote environmental sustainability. This not only saves money but also reduces the energy needed and pollution produced. Materials brought from far away have to be loaded on a train or heavy truck, which require energy (usually fossil fuels) to travel from one location to another and produce carbon and other pollution in the process.