As most people know, energy efficiency and eco-friendliness in general are trends that are sweeping up market share, appealing to large segments of the American population. The use of clean energy is on a steady increase as more and more families are working to cut down on their energy usage. But what about the office you work in? Is it energy efficient? In most cases, the answer to that question is a resounding no. So how can businesses aim to create a more energy efficient workplace in their future building process? It’s time to find out.
Passive Solar Building Design
You have probably heard of companies sticking solar panels on their massive roofs and calling themselves green. However, passive solar building takes energy efficiency to an entirely new level. With this, designers work hard to calculate exactly how the sun moves across the building throughout the day. They then use that knowledge to sketch and create a building that uses the sun’s heat and the shade’s cooling effects to minimize the amount of energy spent on heating and cooling the building. Although an immense amount of thought and detail goes into this type of design, it is well worth it in the end.
This one may sound unappealing, but it is one of the best things you can do if you plan to build a building of any size in the near future and want to minimize your impact on the environment. Recycled insulation can be made from anything, including old denim, milk bottles, and newspapers. It also avoids the harmful chemicals that conventional insulation contains, and it will not irritate your skin like fiberglass insulation tends to. It is also treated with a fire retardant, so you will never have to worry about those jeans catching fire.
Anyone who has gone window-shopping or walked down the streets of a large city knows that commercial buildings tend to be covered with windows. These windows often make up the majority of the structure’s artifice, making it difficult to control the impact the sun has on the building and, in turn, decreasing energy efficiency. With electochromic glass, however, control can be made a little easier. This fancy technology allows users to change the glass from opaque to translucent with a push of a button. The electronic device can also be programmed to change throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. Not only does this make the process smoother and more effective, it also gets rid of those pesky shades that never seem to work quite right.
In today’s ever-changing and technological world, nothing is out of reach when it comes to energy efficiency. There are high-tech solar panels that can serve as windows and power entire buildings; there is software to help builders design the greenest buildings possible, and there are “living” walls that can provide energy efficient and clean air solutions. The list could go on and on. If you are building a new structure for you business, consider the list of innovative options for building an energy efficient, green business from the ground up.
Written by Kent Murdock, owner of Randy Adams Construction in Columbia, MO. Randy Adams Construction is one of the premiere general contractors Columbia MO has to offer.