Green Construction
Green Construction
Top Eco-Friendly Materials to Use in Commercial Construction

At Leon Williams Contractors, we’re always keeping an eye on popular trends in the commercial construction industry. Construction methods, techniques, and materials are always changing, and it’s important for us to stay on top of these trends so we’re always prepared for anything that our clients may require in their building projects.

When commercial developers look for a general contractor in East Tennessee, they’re going to be looking for someone knowledgeable about the construction industry – someone who can meet any of their needs or wants. Because we pride ourselves on being able to simplify the building process, we’re happy to work with clients to incorporate any trends into a building.

One of the biggest growing trends is for green building – as more eco-friendly materials hit the market and become more affordable, it’s more common for them to be used not only in home construction, but in building commercial buildings. Many companies today are more concerned with the materials used in their buildings – and using green items not only makes the building more sustainable, but will actually save a company money on energy costs.

Here’s a look at some of the top eco-friendly materials available to the commercial construction industry.

  • Flooring: Commercial flooring is available in sustainable materials like bamboo or recycled wood. Wood laminate is usually made of particles leftover from other wood production, cutting down on waste. Some commercial carpets are made out of recycled plastic bottles, and using carpet tiles makes it easier to replace any damaged areas – you only have to replace one or a few tiles instead of the entire floor.
  • Roofing: a chemical-free roofing material known as Duro Last is easy on the environment, cuts down on waste, and lasts a long time. Some companies are opting to install solar shingles to offset or completely eliminate the need for a traditional power source. Some buildings are even including living walls outside and in – using plants on the roof and walls to insulate the building and cut further need for energy use.
  • Smarter devices and fixtures. Electrical systems can be set up to automatically shut off when no one is around. This is useful in parts of a building that aren’t used very often, or after everyone goes home for the night. And low-flow toilets and sinks with motion sensors cut down on the amount of water used in the building throughout the day.

Often these days, companies are determining that the up-front cost of including eco-friendly building materials is worth the savings down the road. If you have a commercial project where you’d like to use green building supplies, talk to Leon Williams Contractors about the options available to you.

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