TN 3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
There are many benefits in reducing construction and demolition debris. While most construction and demolition debris waste is diverted to landfills, as much as 90% of it could be recycled or reused. Green building creates a great opportunity to reduce the amount of construction and demolition debris that enters landfills per year through recycling and reuse. Construction and demolition debris waste reduction reduces pollution, decreases energy consumption, conserves landfill space, conserves natural resources and reduces construction purchasing and disposal costs.
Recycling is an important sustainable building practice. However, waste prevention is a more effective sustainable practice because it reduces the need for recycling, which requires time, energy, and resources.
There are 5 steps to effective waste management incorporate waste prevention in building design. prepare for waste prevention, prevent on-site waste, prevent waste through procurement, and document savings and costs.
This course discusses sustainable waste management practices including waste prevention and recycling. Prevention involves developing and implementing a waste management plan; incorporating prevention into building design, purchasing processes, and construction practices; proper storage of materials; and actively involving construction personnel. When construction waste is created, measures like recycling and reuse diverts waste from landfills reduces pollution, decreases energy consumption, conserves natural resources, and reduces costs. It is important to note that preventing construction waste is a more cost effective and sustainable practice than recycling it.