Strategies for a Greener Construction Site
- Mitigating dust, smoke, and odors: Effective dust control measures include limiting site traffic, reducing vehicle speeds, installing wind fencing, covering dirt piles, and watering regularly at the site.
- Controlling erosion and waste-water runoff: Prevent sediment, debris, or other pollutants from entering nearby streams or storm drains by employing diversion ditches, silt fencing, and other retention structures. Minimize soil disturbance, limit grading to small areas, and place ground coverings over exposed areas.
- Minimizing noise and vibrations: Newer construction equipment bearing muffling devices can be notably quieter and generate less-powerful vibrations than older systems. Install barriers, such as chain-link fencing mounted with plywood and sound-absorbing mats, at the start of the project. Set up temporary barriers around stationary construction activities known to generate noise (for example, a worker cutting notches in panels for a Data Center raised floor). Include noise-related financial incentives and penalties in your construction contracts so that on-site workers are accountable for noise mitigation. Measure on-site noise periodically.
- Managing construction waste: Save money and make your Data Center project greener by reducing how much construction waste is produced and then reusing or recycling what is created. To reduce waste, standardize on building material sizes to make leftover stock less likely. Ask suppliers to consolidate packaging and take back transport materials such as pallets. Separate construction debris into recyclable and nonrecyclable materials; then seek out a local company that buys and resells secondhand construction materials to reuse your leftover materials.