Each year, the International Code Council dedicates May as Building Safety month, aiming to raise awareness on building safety through modern building codes. As the month of May comes to an end, below are 5 quick tips to create a safer and more sustainable building environment.
Turn Your Blueprint ‘Green’
There are endless ways to make a building more energy efficient throughout construction. Positioning your building so that it receives proper sunlight in the winter and shade in the summer is one way to make your building more energy-efficient before you even move in.
There’s Less Water Than You Think
Only 1% of water worldwide is drinkable. Using the most up-to-date and water-efficient faucets, toilets, and pipes in your design helps conserve water, while also cutting down utility expenses.
Why Do We Need Building Codes?
Incorporating plan reviewers, inspectors, and other professionals helps to ensure that your building is held to the most up-to-date codes. Adhering to these codes helps protect the safety of the workers, inhabitants, guests, and overall communities.
Mind the Mold
Mold can form on wood, walls, paper, and carpet, causing various health concerns. Prevent mold in your building by taking action, fixing leaks, reducing humidity, and increasing ventilation throughout the construction process.
Green Living Starts with the Building
Once you are ready to build, there are many ways to construct your building in an environmentally friendly way. Using recyclable materials, maximizing insulation, and installing high-performance accessories help minimize energy use.
For more information, visit the International Code Council’s website.