29 Jan '12, 6am

According to the National Association of Home Builders Research Centers, on average, 8,000 lbs. of solid waste is...

According to the National Association of Home Builders Research Centers, on average, 8,000 lbs. of solid waste is...

If you feel like you are doing your part for the environment by taking your box of recycling to the curb, consider how much went to waste in the construction of your house. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study, an estimated 8,000 lbs of waste is created from the construction of a 2,000 square foot home. The majority of the 8,000 is wood, cardboard, and drywall. Almost all of that waste ends up in landfills. More than one green builder I’ve met first looked into green building after growing increasingly disgusted at the tons of debris carried away on a construction site. Much of the debris was either unnecessary material or material that could be salvaged or recycled. The problem can be solved by streamlining the material coming into the construction site and better managing how the waste is separated and where it ends up.

Full article: http://greenbuildingelements.com/2009/01/08/home-construc...

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