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Built with the Future in Mind: Sustainability Practices for Your Next DIY Project

Do-It-Yourself projects are a fun and rewarding way to personalize your home and create the space of your dreams on a budget; however, they can also be a source of waste and environmental harm if not approached with sustainability in mind. At Building Solutions, we take our commitment to sustainability seriously. That's why we partner with companies who share our dedication to environmentally friendly building design and materials. We hope that you share this passion with us, which is why we’ve listed out some tips and tricks for being more sustainable with your DIY projects.

1. Plan Ahead

The first step in sustainable building is to plan ahead. By taking the time to plan your project thoroughly, you can reduce waste and save money. Start by creating a detailed plan that includes the materials you will need, the tools you will use, and the steps you will take to complete the project. This will help you identify any potential issues and allow you to make adjustments before you start building.

2. Choose the Right Materials

One of the most important ways to be more sustainable with your DIY projects is to use sustainable materials. This means choosing materials that are responsibly sourced, have a low carbon footprint, and are built to last for years to come.

At Building Solutions, we partner with vendors who share our commitment to environmentally friendly building design and materials. Trex is a great example of a company who strives to maintain sustainability. Not only do their products create beautiful results, but they are manufactured with the future in mind.

3. Repurpose Materials

Another way to be more sustainable with your DIY projects is to repurpose materials. Before throwing out old furniture or household items, consider whether they could be used in your DIY projects. Old doors, windows, and other construction materials can often be repurposed into unique and stylish pieces.

4. Use Non-Toxic Products

When working on DIY projects, it's important to consider the impact of the products you are using on the environment and your health. Choose non-toxic products and avoid using harmful chemicals when possible. For example, consider using natural cleaning solutions like vinegar and baking soda instead of harsh chemicals. You can also choose paints and primers with low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) to minimize harmful vapors.

5. Reduce Waste

Reducing waste is another key aspect of being more sustainable with your DIY projects. This means avoiding unnecessary packaging and using reusable containers and tools whenever possible. Consider using cloth rags instead of paper towels and washable paint trays and buckets instead of disposable ones.

6. Choose Energy-Efficient Tools

Using energy-efficient tools is another way to be more sustainable with your DIY projects. Look for tools with energy-efficient ratings and use them as efficiently as possible. For example, turn off power tools when not in use and use hand tools whenever possible.

At Building Solutions, you can find everything you need to get the job done. Our experienced staff will help you get the right tools for any project. Our selection is of the best quality, so you can trust that you’re investing in a tool that will last from project to project. Choosing tools that don’t need replacing as often is a great way to practice sustainability.

Being more sustainable with your DIY projects is not only good for the environment, but it can also save you money and create unique, personalized items for your home. By using sustainable materials, repurposing old items, using non-toxic products, reducing waste, and choosing energy-efficient tools, you can create DIY projects that are both beautiful and eco-friendly.

We are also proud to share that we are a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable building practices and transforming the building industry towards a more sustainable future.

As a USGBC member, we have access to a wealth of resources and opportunities to promote sustainability in our work. We have access to the latest research, best practices, and training programs to ensure that we are staying up to date with the latest developments in sustainable building practices. We are also able to connect with other industry leaders who share our commitment to sustainability, fostering collaboration and innovation in the field.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve our practices and reduce our environmental impact. We prioritize the use of environmentally friendly materials and construction techniques, and we work closely with our clients to ensure that their projects align with their sustainability goals. We are dedicated to improving our practices and reducing our environmental impact, and we believe that sustainable building practices are essential to creating a more sustainable future for all.

Give us a call today or stop by our design center to learn how we can partner in sustainability on your next project.

📞 (541) 388-9988

📍 62960 Boyd Acres Road - Bend, OR


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