Building Green

by Teresa Austin, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 8, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


Some scientists say polystyrene insulation may be responsible for up to 40% of the ozone depletion caused by CFCs. That's only one reason why construction and design professionals are being forced to take a collective long look at how their work affects the environment. Sixty-eight percent of the executives interviewed from 235 New York State construction firms say costs for disposing of construction debris have increased by half since 1980, according to a recent report. Sixty-five percent say the increase substantially impacts their company's growth. Several groups are examining the potential effect environmental issues may have on the construction industry's bottom line, whether it is possible to choose construction materials made from renewable, safe resources, the energy required to produce or transport them, and if construction debris can be recycled or safely landfilled. The article offers a look at what they've discovered so far.

Subject Headings: Green buildings | Construction materials | Construction companies | Debris | Recycling | Occupational safety | Transportation safety | Polystyrene | New York | United States

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