Energy Efficient Design and Construction Continues to Grow

Energy Efficient Design and Construction

The buzz about going green is a trend that requires attention. Embracing the changes in commercial and industrial buildings that are being demanded  for energy efficient design and construction is key to making building owners and tenants satisfied. Since commercial buildings consume seventeen percent of the nation’s energy, valued at more than $100 billion according to EnergyStar.gov, business and industry are taking measures to offset those costs.  The same report reveals that opportunities in design are going to be plentiful since seventy-five percent of all buildings will be new or renovated by 2035.

Corporate Energy Savings

Energy management has become an important part of the corporate culture. However, even small businesses have realized that new construction represents an opportunity to reduce energy consumption by incorporating air and moisture membranes in buildings. The chief benefit is very real, substantial, and long-term cost savings, which just happens to have a bit of green appeal. Architectural firms that utilize green materials and construction practices regularly gain significant leverage with potential clients because of familiarity with the products, systems, and construction practices.

Importance of Air & Moisture Membranes

A lot of focus on commercial buildings is moving toward exterior walls. Air and moisture membranes were once merely thought of as separations from the outside and inside. But now, significant attention is being directed at using air and moisture membranes to prevent air leakage. This leads to increased energy costs and poor interior air quality. Incorporation of more energy saving features in the design and construction phase is a factor that many commercial building owners will demand.

Green is the Future

Companies are looking toward the future where short-term investment in a quality building provides long-term savings. Corporate responsibility to provide a little bit of relief for the environment and natural resources is a trend that is only going to grow and will affect the decision making process. As the needs of the clients shift, all organizations involved in the construction process need to be flexible and accommodating.

In short, energy efficient design and construction is continuing to grow in the commercial world.  Knowledge of the techniques and materials necessary to create an energy-conscious property that aligns with corporate values is essential to support the continuous improvement being demanded.  The adjustments come with a learning curve, and making the right decisions now with regards to efficiency can lead to massive gains down the road.