Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Improvements
Energy consumption is an important part of building operations and, therefore, it is important to control energy consumption to improve building efficiency. However, the challenge for many building managers and owners is improving building energy efficiencies without impacting the building envelope and its primary function, which is to provide living space. To do this, the right building envelope modification can deliver energy efficiency gains without changing the core function of the building. The following steps identify specific envelope solutions that do not alter the primary building envelope.
Improved Commercial Buildings
Many buildings use electricity to power equipment. In addition, some commercial buildings use heat for heating. Both electricity demand and heat demand are typically greater than the electricity usage of the facility. To reduce electricity consumption, commercial buildings must evaluate their electricity use and introduce or upgrade energy-saving strategies. Several solutions are available such as reducing peak power demands during specific operating hours and ensuring that appliances are set for a maximum of light, air conditioning, or cooling use. To improve heat recovery, special attention should be paid to ensuring adequate insulation.
Upgrades in Commercial Buildings
Many commercial buildings are still retrofitted with incandescent bulbs and old-fashioned fluorescent tubes. While newer technologies have been developed to meet the energy consumption needs of today’s modern business environment, retrofitting commercial buildings with these energy-efficient technologies can result in substantial increases in overall building efficiency. Incandescent lighting, for example, consumes a lot of electricity and increases electricity consumption when introduced into the facility. Installing LED lighting, on the other hand, reduces energy consumption in the long run, while providing brighter light at a lower cost.
Energy Use and Conserving Costs
Standard on-site air conditioning systems consume large volumes of electricity and release large amounts of heat into the atmosphere. Upgrading to an air conditioning and cooling system with one of the latest technologies can reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by up to 40%. The replacement of incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps also helps cut down on energy consumption in the facility. Replacing the HVAC appliances with the most efficient models can also help cut down on energy consumption.
Another way to cut down on the building’s energy consumption is through energy savings. Upgrading lighting with LED lights can achieve this, as can installing motion-sensor lighting. A variety of lighting solutions can also contribute to energy consumption reductions in the commercial space. Upgrading lighting with high-performance compact fluorescent lamps can help decrease energy consumption.
With all the technological advancements
happening in the field of building construction, energy consumption has become very important to commercial building owners and managers. Energy Star certification helps these building owners control their energy consumption. Furthermore, many building owners find that buying green building materials, like recycled glass or bamboo, can also help them improve energy efficiency. However, improving the building’s energy efficiency alone will not provide the desired reduction in building costs and emissions. A combination of these methods should be used to achieve long-term sustainability.