The US Department of Energy have released data on commercial buildings which stated that they consume 35% of electricity that is used in the US. They have also provided financial information which states that suggests on average, 30% of operating budgets existing commercial buildings are spent on maintenance charges, while also accounting for around 20% of global carbon emissions. This is in stark contrast to the smaller percentage of energy consumed by buildings that have been recently constructed to be as green as possible. Buchmann Electric can help your building’s green rating.
What Is A Green Energy Conversion?
Green Energy Conversion refers to upgrading and replacing older systems, equipment, and controls currently used in buildings so as to improve the operational efficiency, enhance indoor environment quality, increase occupant comfort, while also heavily reducing costs for energy and operational expenses. When energy efficiency retrofits like these are implemented in buildings, it is the most cost-effective method for reducing emissions and improving efficiency.
Green Energy Conversions are accomplished by Buchmann Electric in multiple phases which generally begin with an energy audit of the building, where utility bills are analyzed in depth to determine patterns of energy usage. Retrofitting procedures generally involve upgrading lighting systems to ensure maximum utilization of natural light, improving or replacing HVAC systems, installation of window and door films, optimizing building insulation, and implementing an array of renewable energy technologies.
Building owners are retrofitting existing buildings and converting them to what could be considered as archetypes of sustainability. While most owners still follow individual improvements in technology, the smarter owners use whatever energy saving technologies available to them that allow for serious savings through reduced operating costs and lower consumption of energy. Which means these improvements are fundamentally paid for by the energy savings added up over time.
With the seemingly constant invention of technology, it should come as no surprise to hear that commercial building energy consumption has been predicted to increase every year for at least the next 2 decades. With that in mind, many experts suggest that the sooner property owners retrofit their existing buildings with green conversions, the sooner they’ll start seeing a noticeable increase in energy savings.
Green energy conversions and retrofits have a real potential to yield some quite substantial savings on operation costs while also reducing the buildings environmental footprint. In fact, there are many market forces that are positioning the sustainable green energy retrofits of commercial premises to be one of the next big things.
Industry specialists continue to spend a considerable amount of time and effort on the identification of admittedly numerous barriers that make it harder to carry out these retrofits on a larger scale, rather than trying to find solutions.
Retrofitting Green Conversions
Most owners don’t realize that an existing building can often be retrofitted green for a lower outlay than constructing a new building from scratch. It’s important when accomplishing this to review the HVAC or heating and air conditioning system, as well as the system for lighting. The systems for energy and water should both also be upgraded for allow for consumption minimization.
During the green retrofit, revaluation of employee work areas should be done to allow for the use of daylight, while the systems for HVAC and lighting are maximized based on the functions of that occupied space. Natural ventilation that utilizes the fresh air is one way that could reduce the cost of heating as well as air conditioning.
The goal should for owners should always be to create a high-performance building which all but ensures the green design concepts are met. By starting with the design objectives, these building will end up being much less costly to operate, while also increasing in value, while also contributing to a healthier world and a more productive working environment.
Ensuring that any newly retrofitted building perform as it was designed to, the buildings operation must be tracked methodically. This is why smart meters and sub-meters should be installed to monitor the real-time consumption and demand of all resources and utilities. Sub-meters can also be quite helpful when monitoring and tracking electrical consumption for individual pieces of equipment.
Buchmann Green Energy Conversions
Whether you need a to ensure your new building is constructed green, or you need a green energy conversion done on your existing premises, contact the green experts at Buchmann Electric to discuss all your different requirements in depth. Our technicians will work directly with you at all times to ensure your green retrofit is designed and installed to your specifications.