Implementing Environmentally Responsible Practices
Schafer Construction’s vision of ‚”Green Building‚” puts a high priority on sustainability, recycling, resource conservation of non-renewable resources and energy efficiency.
Schafer Construction is committed to Sustainable Building ‚”Green Building‚” practices. With simple changes that Schafer Construction can make to your next project it is extremely possible to make a ‚”Green‚” impact on our environment without driving the costs of construction prohibitively higher.
From demolition debris recycling to using recycled construction materials, there are several readily available manufacturer’s and suppliers in the Puget Sound region to make your project more environmentally friendly. Schafer Construction is in the unique position of choosing to constantly stay on top of new products and materials as well as choose to work with the ‚”best of the best‚” in the field to bring our clients value and a ‚”Green‚” piece of mind for generations to come.
Schafer Construction is able in most cases to supply interested clients with a Recycled Content or an Industry Recycling Rate for most all of the building materials commonly used in commercial construction. This includes metal stud framing, gypsum wallboard (drywall), flooring material, ceiling grid, ceiling tiles, wood, metals, plastics, etc‚ If it’s not a recycled material, Schafer Construction can source suppliers or materials that makes the project a little more ‚”Green‚”.
“Where does it all go?‚” Schafer Construction’s answer is ‚“Up to 99% of it get’s recycled!‚” 1 This is the most common question we receive, if we aren’t asked on the front end, eventually it is asked after the client sees the first load of demolition and construction debris hauled off-site. This is the easiest form and the start of recycling into renewable products! Schafer Construction makes sure that our waste is taken to appropriate Recycling Compliant Facilities. These facilities report their LEED Accepted Diversion Rate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rate of the amount of material that is diverted from going directly to landfills).
“What happens at the facility?‚” Each container load of construction and demolition debris is carefully examined at the drop-off facility. At certain facilities, if more than a certain percentage of the entire load is considered ‚”non-recyclable‚” the entire load is rejected and turned away, so sorting at the jobsite is very important. After off-loading the container it is hand separated at the facility for wood, gypsum wallboard (drywall), flooring, metals, plastics, etc‚ After separation the bulk of recyclable material is then sent back to manufacturers and suppliers who use it in new construction material!
1 Demolition material recycling rates (diversion rates) vary from 46-99% on waste from undocumented sites. 3rd party site specific hazardous materials reports that identify no hazardous materials in the areas to be demolished increase recycling rates up to 98-99% based upon reported findings.