Designing a commercial building from scratch gives you a unique opportunity to work in as much green and environmentally friendly features as you like. Even if you're not seeking a certain certification or energy savings level with your design, you can still include at a least a few of the easiest and most rewarding green building features. All four of these techniques are easily integrated into practically any kind of commercial, industrial, or retail structure.
No matter the size, layout, or building technique used for the construction, proper insulation provides long-term energy savings. Naturally insulating materials like concrete block walls still require some amount of secondary insulation that can handle the challenges of the particular commercial environment. Insulating not only prevents energy loss, but also provides long-term savings for both your company and future users of the building.
Efficient Use of Space
Reducing wasted and lost space also reduces the amount of energy needed to light, heat, cool, and clean the building. Many industrial and commercial clients request extra space so they can grow in the future, but it's often smarter to design multiple smaller buildings rather than a single huge warehouse or factory. High ceilings, open floor plans with varying temperature requirements, and other design mistakes all increase your long-term energy costs and make the building less environmentally friendly.
Skylights, sun tunnels, ceiling to floor windows, and glass walls all brighten up every kind of commercial space without increasing electrical costs. Daylight is the eco-friendly and healthy choice for lighting, and it can improve your worker's performance and your company's eco-friendly image all at once. It's much easier to design a building around daylight features from the start than to add them later, so maximize your use of natural light from the very beginning for big gains from minimal changes to your structure.
Better Material Choices
Finally, the specific materials you choose for each part of the building play a large role in the general environmental impact of a particular project. Just switching out the paint used for the exterior coating or the roofing materials for a recycled or low waste product can make a huge impact. Materials that reduce waste through recycling or require less energy to manufacture in particular are a good choice for a green commercial building. Focus on a few of the most widely used materials in the structure and find the most eco-friendly options for all of them for a quick green makeover without a complete overhaul of the design or layout of the project.
Contact a company like S & S Builders LLC for more information.