Green construction, or “sustainable construction,” is a way to use resources more efficiently. Not only does it reduce waste and pollution, but promotes health and energy efficiency. It’s estimated that almost half of all nonresidential construction in 2015 will be green, meaning the materials used can be reused or recycled.
To clear the waters, reusing is not the same as recycling. When you reuse a product, you are taking the original part (e.g. a door) and using it for the same purpose elsewhere. Whereas, when you recycle something, it is made into a new, different product (e.g. a door becomes a coffee table).
While reusing and recycling have dissimilar definitions, their drawbacks are similar. Some drawbacks of recycling include:
- Setting up new recycling centers can be costly
- Recycling is not always available