How to Make a Commercial Building More Eco-Friendly

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If you're working with a builder to design a new office space or production facility for your company, you might want to discuss how to make the building more eco-friendly. Having a building actually built for you gives you the chance to incorporate many eco-friendly options so you spend less money on utilities and create less waste and fewer emissions. Note a few things to discuss with your builder while plans are still being made.

1. Green roofs

Green roofs refers to having a large garden planted on the roof area of a building. These gardens or lawns can help to insulate a building while absorbing sunlight that might raise the internal temperature inside and cause you to use more air conditioning. They also create a healthier environment overall since they absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Green roofs also absorb rainwater that would otherwise be wasted.

2. Photovoltaic products

Photovoltaic products are like solar panels in that they convert energy from the sun into useable electricity, but these products are built right into certain building materials. These materials may include roofing, wallboards, and windows. The products are then wired into the building's electrical systems so that you use less city-produced power for your building's electrical needs, and they're a good choice for when solar panels are not workable due to the size of your building's roof.

3. Grey water systems

Grey water refers to water that isn't safe for drinking but which also doesn't contain raw sewage or other such waste. In an office building, grey water would be the water that goes down the drain when you wash your hands or wash dishes in an employee kitchen. While not safe for drinking, it can be used for flushing toilets. Grey water systems can be put in commercial buildings to capture the water that goes down a sink drain and route it to toilet tanks. This means less fresh water is used for toilets.

4. LED bulbs

LED bulbs typically use less electricity to operate, and they create little to no heat, so that you don't need to cool a space that gets warm because of overhead lights. LED bulbs can often be used in just about any commercial application or location, from a factory floor to an office. They may even produce less glare than standard incandescent bulbs, so they may be better for those who need to look overhead, such as workers stacking pallets on high shelves. This makes them a better choice for keeping workers safe and for using less power to light your facility.

Talk to your commercial builders about these ideas and other options, and you'll be able to incorporate eco-friendly materials and systems that work best for your needs. 


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Compelling and Creative Commentary on Construction and Contractors: A Blog

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