Did you know that 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily?
Most of the consumption is totally inefficient. However, there is an option to eliminate these unnecessary energy costs. When building with industrialized systems, many options are used from the initial design phase to make the building efficient and have a positive impact on the environment.
Components for improved energy efficiency
For a long time, industrialized construction has stood out for its achievements in generating less construction waste than traditional systems. From better materials management to adaptability and reuse of the final product, these types of constructions play an important role in the transition to sustainable construction.
It is not only the type of construction when it comes to controlling waste, but also formulas for energy-efficient operations to be applied to the building. Many of the building components listed below make it possible to create an energy-efficient building.
- Windows: Windows are designed to maximize solar heat gain in the winter and minimize it in the summer, as well as reduce air leakage rates. They allow the building’s heating and cooling system to operate more efficiently.
- Lights: Lighting accounts for about 23% of commercial energy consumption and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can save a large amount of energy. CFL lighting uses about 1/4 of the amount of energy with incandescent bulbs.
- Sensor switches: There are certain areas of the building that may not be in use for hours, including storage rooms, meeting rooms or bathrooms. Installing this type of motion sensor switch will keep the lights off when no one is around, potentially saving on energy bills.
- High-Efficiency HVAC: HVAC systems contribute significantly to the energy efficiency of the building. Something as simple as a programmable thermostat saves heating and cooling costs after hours or on weekends.
Colour of the roofing material: the color of the roof may not be given much importance beyond what seems aesthetically pleasing, but the colors chosen can affect the temperature inside the building. In warmer climates, the roof is gray or contains white spots to reflect heat and prevent absorption. In colder climates, dark roofs will help snow melt faster and absorb heat.