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HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogWhen making a reclaimed office space, keep in mind that you’ll be using recycled materials, or leftover materials from various places. You can get these type of materials for cheaper that new ones in some cases. Reclaimed office spaces are basically recycled, refurbished spaces that use all used materials so there is less waste. In this way, reclaimed spaces keep the environment safe. Here are some of the essential items that will come in handy when you’re creating a reclaimed office space. Air Compressor An air compressor has so many different uses on a construction site. Using a nail gun on walls made of pallets can help the process go much faster. You might have to adjust the PSI, so keep that in mind as you work. Framing and trimming will go much faster if you use a nail gun instead of trying to do everything by hand. In some office spaces, certain aspects of the design are left unfinished, to save on costs and keep the aesthetic you’re looking for. It all depends on what you want your finished product to be. Make sure that your air compressor is oil-less so that you don’t get your new space messy before you even complete the project. An air compressor can also help with the cleanup tasks at the end of the day. Telescoping Forklift Even reclaimed office spaces require heavy lifting. Some projects may require even more heavy lifting, depending on the reclaimed material being used. For all of those heavy reclaimed materials that need to be moved from one part of the site to another, a forklift is absolutely essential. This can make exterior reclaimed spaces safer to complete. Using an equipment rental company for your reclaimed office space construction project will allow you to obtain the tools that you require for the individual job without having to purchase them on your own. Laser Level A lot can be said for ensuring that all surfaces in your project are level from start to finish. Doing this will limit the frustration you may experience when having to do level things over and over again, such as reclaimed windows, if they aren’t right the first time. A laser level will also help you keep your line level across a larger area of floor. Even reclaimed office spaces need advanced technology to help them come to fruition. Using a laser level is especially important for reclaimed spaces, as some materials may be irregular and may have inconsistencies. Many tools have laser levels to ensure that you can make a level cut or so that you can keep those holes centered up throughout the process. Miter Saw A good miter saw is essential to any construction project. You want to ensure that you aren’t wasting good wood making cuts that aren’t up to par. Select one that will allow you to make a variety of angle cuts so that your finishing tasks can be as accurate as possible. Many times, you need to make many of these type of cuts when dealing with recycled and reclaimed materials. Depending on the type of blade that you install in the saw, it can also help you with some of your plumbing projects. There are other tools that can come in handy when you’re constructing your reclaimed office. Select tools that are highly rated and easy to use in order to make things as simple as possible on you.
RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeWhen designing buildings and homes, you need to take into consideration their impact to the environment. This means that each project needs to be carefully planned in order to reduce the amount of damage inflicted on the landscape. Here are some of the ways that structural engineering can be cleaner and greener overall. Invest in Design Efforts The size, shape, and position of the structure needs to be taken into account for how it fits within the landscape. This means that hills and other features need to be considered during the design process. Many engineers know that the number of windows that face the sunny side could impact the energy consumption of the structure. The type of insulation that is required may be different depending on the climate and the overall positioning of the building. You need to take all of these things into account when drafting the design. Use Reclaimed Products Recycled products are more eco-friendly than purchasing all new products. You can add many of these elements to give the building a more unique appearance. Many job sites will discard pieces of wood that are still usable for another project. The only thing that would be needed in this case is for you to find a place to store all of these leftover supplies. Discarding large quantities of usable items makes it more expensive for each project that is completed. Integrate Sustainability You can use products that release less chemicals to increase the sustainability of the structure. One example of this is in using less cement based products for the foundation. This can be done by using products that are more carbon-based. These could be recycled products or even aggregates that reduce the overall carbon footprint of a new structure. Designing and planning for these things in advance will make the project greener. Install Green Areas One of the biggest problem with the construction of newer buildings is that they tend to lack green space. This can present of problem when it comes to water drainage issues. If it’s left uncorrected, it can lead to erosion or even flooding concerns. Drainage basins and other green spaces can help to alleviate this problem. You can plan out courtyards and other unique green space features of the structure to save on energy consumption. The design portion of any structure is the most important part of making sure that the structure employs green methods. You can combine several elements to ensure that it’s as green and clean as possible.