Tips For More Energy Efficient Commercial Builds
As we become more and more aware of our impact on the environment, many business owners are looking for ways to make their commercial builds more energy efficient. With the right mindset, you can make small but impactful changes to your project that increase efficiency over time. This will not only save you money in energy costs, but it is also better for the environment. That’s what we call a win-win!
Adopt A Sustainability Mindset
The best way to approach energy efficiency is to have a sustainability mindset from the beginning. You’ll be able to save time during the design process by considering alternatives upfront – versus changing your mind down the road. In addition, some materials may have longer lead times and need to be ordered further in advance. Changing directions mid-project can not only blow your budget but also your timeline.
Use Smart Lighting Design
Of course, we all know that natural lighting is king – especially when it comes to the productivity and satisfaction of employees. Where possible, place windows in common and working areas. To save energy use a smart lighting system with motion activation, especially in places like stairwells and less frequented hallways. Use occupancy sensors in conference rooms or other areas that are only used during certain times of the day. Install dimmer switches for employee comfort and energy savings.
Invest In Your HVAC
Your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Cooling) system can make a significant difference in energy usage. Higher quality systems come with more efficient fans and motors, but overall efficiency also depends on how well it is installed. That’s why we recommend working with an experienced builder, especially when looking for energy efficiency. To maximize savings, use a smart thermostat system to manage off hours temperature.
Installing solar panels on the roof can offset some energy costs and allow you to increase the energy efficiency of your building. Plus, it doubles as an emergency power source if you were to lose grid power. There are a variety of ways to approach sustainability in construction. Let us help you get there. Ready to discuss your next commercial build? Contact us today to get started.
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