Innovative Engineering Can Help CompaniesReach Their Energy Reduction Goals
By Cynthia Taylor
The Managing Director of The Business Channel,Gary Berlyn, explains how companies and businesses are able to reduce their carbon emissions by improving their building energy performance through application of the most recent engineering innovations.
Buildings in the UK account for about 50% of the damaging carbon emissions annually, this is caused because the energy that buildings consume and also lose is due to structural features which include things like energy efficiency lighting and bad insulation.
Methods of cutting carbon emissions and also reductions of costs is to refurbish or retrofit a building. It is essential to look at buildings and design of buildings differently and to consider retrofitting or design with energy efficiency in mind. Its no longer about the usage of space and how to best use it, but a need to also incorporate energy saving technology into the design or retrofit.
Whether you work for a company that has aims of reaching their carbon reduction goals or are a small business owner who wants to reduce your energy bill, being familiar with the latest innovative engineering and the implementation of them is essential. Here is a guide to get acquainted with energy saving technologies and also how to implement them for benefits for your business.
Best time to upgrade buildings
The best time to deal with technology upgrades and improvements to buildings such as insulation, light fittings, is when you have work already scheduled or work is being done to the building, incorporating upgrade to energy efficiency will cost less if done at the same time. Downtime for your business will be less and have a lower impact.
Testing of new technologies
If you are not sure what impact a new technology will have on your working environment and energy bill, then itís a good idea to test it first. You can do a test in one room before deciding on a total building retrofit.
One step at a time
Refurbishments or retrofits are best when done in a series of stages with a gradual reduction of the amount of energy usage and carbon emissions. The first step in this process is to investigate areas that building uses and the amount of carbon it emits and to make changes that do not require expensive technology or equipment. Starting with the people who use the building and changing their behavior patterns, for instance turning off lights when not in use, switching off machines such as coffee makers, fax machines, computers etc., when they are not n use.
Other inexpensive changes can be made to heat loss, for instance insulation of a building, installing new heat-trapping windows. Then considering more expensive, and lower fossil fuel intensive things like solar panels which are tech-heavy energy production solutions.
Before undertaking any refurbishments or retrofits itís a good idea to get advice from a competent engineer who understands your needs as well as knowledge of the latest technologies available. Its also a good idea to get involved in the process to understand the technology and its impact and what you expect it to do.
Over the next 5-10 years new technologies and legislation to help reduce energy usage and emissions will be installed into older buildings, and new buildings will have these technologies as standard as part of the building designs. Companies that retrofit now will realize the long term savings and be prepared when these technologies become standard.
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