An energy-efficient commercial office building reduces maintenance and utility costs, while also reducing noise and creating a more healthy, comfortable and durable workplace. Whether brands want to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, reduce operational costs, improve productivity or even gain loyalty from consumers and clients, an energy-efficient building is high on the list of business must-haves. Here’s why making this a priority in your building design plans is the best way to reap the benefits.
- Site selection and placement: Putting energy-efficiency first starts as soon as you begin looking at lots. By positioning your building with this goal in mind, your architect can optimize natural resources like sunlight in your design.
- The whole-building approach: Installing a high-efficiency HVAC system or solar panels is never a bad idea, but if you want to get the best results you need to take a whole-building approach to energy-efficiency. This treats the entire building as a single energy system, putting different components together in order to deliver the greatest results as a whole. Standards for this type of design are set by Energy Star requirements, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
- Going off-grid where possible: Key to energy-efficiency is reducing dependence on external energy and water systems, and instead using the building’s design to not only produce energy and resources for its own consumption, but to limit wastage where possible.
- Utilization of technology and sustainable materials: This industry is flourishing, giving businesses a wide range of options to realize their goals, from recycled materials, grey water recycling, solar systems, eco-friendly insulation and high-tech energy-saving smart devices to the physical design of the building itself maximizing energy savings. Energy modelling software is a good way to see just how the different options measure up in the long and short term, making it easier to demonstrate building’s performance.
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The New Jersey architectural firm of Seth A. Leeb offers full-service solutions for commercial building design projects in the New Jersey area. With 20 years of experience in the commercial architecture industry in restaurant, hospitality, office and dental office design, we can provide the expertise, skills and innovative thinking you need to create a workplace that fits your vision and embodies your brand. For more information on working with us or to find out more about commercial office building design plans in NJ or to speak to a medical office architect or commercial building architect, please contact us today or visit our website at https://leeb-architecture.com/