Three Methods of Erosion Prevention at Construction Sites

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A design-build consulting firm headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, Ceepco Contracting offers a full range of environmental consulting services. Ceepco Contracting assists clients with erosion prevention, which plays a vital role in protecting the environment during construction projects. Here are three strategies for preventing erosion at construction sites.

Disturb as little as possible: As a general rule, it is better to disturb only small areas at a time rather than utilizing the entire construction site at once. While it is expensive to haul in heavy equipment multiple times, the cost is significantly less than that of of remediation when significant erosion occurs.

Use A-jacks: A series of interlocking cement stakes, A-jacks improve the stability of slopes during intense storms. While A-jacks provide excellent protection in areas of high erosion, care must be taken because they are not biodegradable.

Consider geotextile rolls: Geotextile rolls are a fabric made of nonwoven coconut fibers, bound together with a simple polyethylene mesh rope. By covering the banks of small streams with sheets of geotextile fabric, erosion can be prevented on newly graded slopes in an environmentally friendly manner.

About LEED

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LEED
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A consulting firm headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, CEEPCO Contracting, LLC, delivers professional-level engineering solutions to clients in the private and public sectors. Among its services, CEEPCO Contracting helps clients reach standards of energy efficiency recognized by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

LEED standards are not exclusive to new buildings but are intended to serve all construction projects in each phase of development. The rating system works by awarding points based on environmentally friendly achievements secured in several areas, including construction, building maintenance, and even neighborhood development. Depending on the points garnered, projects can secure tiered levels of LEED recognition starting with basic certification and ending with the Platinum designation.

Each day, more than 2 million square feet of property achieves LEED certification. In all, there are nearly 6 billion square feet of LEED certified commercial space and nearly 122,000 LEED for Homes-certified residential units. In terms of public facilities, USGBC has certified over 3,000 state and local government projects and approximately 1,850 K-12 school projects.

For more information about LEED, visit the USGBC website at www.usgbc.org.