Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Services [AGC of America, Website]
AGC provides environmental information, networking opportunities and effective advocacy for construction professionals. AGC publishes on-point articles and fact sheets on key environmental actions, deadlines, requirements and initiatives that may impact the construction industry. AGC organizes an annual Contractors Environmental Conference and holds educational webinars on hot topics. In addition, AGC regularly disseminates environmental news via social media on Twitter (@AGCEnvironment). AGC sponsors and contributes to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center, which is the association’s “go-to” resource on federal and state environmental requirements that affect construction activities. AGC advocates on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas. AGC invites its members to join its Environmental Forum to stay informed, connect and take action on critical issues.
Environmental Requirements for Construction [EPA]
This guide provides information on federal environmental requirements for construction
projects. It is written primarily for owners of construction projects and for
general contractors who supervise construction projects. Subcontractors also
may find the information useful.
EPA strongly recommends that homeowners make every effort not to disturb vermiculite insulation in their attics [EPA, brochure]
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Agency for Toxic Substances
Registry (ATSDR), is launching
a national awareness campaign to provide consumers with important information
on vermiculite attic insulation. A major component of their campaign
is a consumer guidance brochure (see download below). Their brochure
provides instructions on how to identify vermiculite attic insulation and
recommends that consumers make every effort not to disturb it. These
precautions are necessary due to the potential for vermiculite attic insulation
to contain small amounts of asbestos fibers. The consumer guidance
brochure provides the following recommendations for homeowners:
- Consumers should not
disturb vermiculite attic insulation. Any disturbance
has the potential to release asbestos fibers into the air.
- Homeowners should limit
the number of trips to attic space and shorten the duration of absolutely
essential trips. People should not store
boxes or other items in attics if retrieving the material will disturb
- Children should not be allowed to play in an attic with open areas of vermiculite
- Homeowners should never
attempt to remove vermiculite insulation. For removal, or if you plan
to remodel or conduct renovations that would disturb the vermiculite, professionals
trained and certified to handle
asbestos should be hired to safely remove the material.
Download EPA brochure: Current
Best Practices for Vermiculite Attic Insulation.
Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER) - A Planning Guide for Construction and Development This document explains in detail the environmental obligations that construction companies can face across the various federal laws (stormwater, air, wetlands, waste, etc.). Use it to factor in costs during the bidding process, assign responsibilities and use the checklists to self-audit.
to Prairies Residential Construction Technical Assistance [Peaks to Prairies, Website]
Resource efficient building practices will allow residential construction
professionals to meet consumer demand, increase profits, provide savings
for the consumer and enhance marketing opportunities while using resources
in a sustainable manner.