Going green in construction is real. But while many contractors, architects, and building owners have made a commitment to going green, the ways at which some try to measure their performance can be as accurate as throwing a dart at a dart board at times.
Perhaps it’s time they try a different type of ‘dart’ for measuring green performance. Waste Management, www.wm.com, Dallas, Texas, has launched a new tool called DART (Diversion and Recycling Tracking) that helps measure green performance during construction, renovation, and demolition projects. Available in the United States and Canada, DART is an online tool that helps users monitor their recycling efforts. From there, users are able to tabulate diversion rates and obtain documentation that helps support LEED certification efforts.
Therein lies what could become the greatest value of the tool for the construction industry. Documenting green construction efforts can often be a time consuming process, albeit a necessary one in order to qualify for LEED certification. By providing a service that can streamline this process, Waste Management could have a tool that would seemingly become widely embraced in construction.
The company already has a good start with DART, as Balfour Beatty Construction, www.balfourbeattyus.com, Dallas, Texas, has been announced as the first construction company to adopt the tool. The company’s interior construction services division has been using DART to track performance throughout construction of the Choice Energy building in Houston, Texas.
According to Waste Management, the logistical planning and tracking provided by DART helped the project reach a diversion rate of more than 90%.
Green tracking tools are not new in construction, but it will be interesting to see how the industry will adopt this particular tool, backed by one of the largest companies in the environmental services space.