Green Building

Building owner looks to go green with renovation

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:52

The Newburyport Business Park is a commercial retreat for many businesses located in the Massachusetts town, as the comfortable setting provided by the buildings help to keep the tenants happy.

Building management recently decided to renovate the structures, according to the Newburyport Daily News, as a way to lower long-term operating costs and to further increase the comfort level enjoyed by the companies that rented space.

"We are making a big effort to be green," the building owner said of the new investments. "It helps with the environment, and it's good for business.

Radiant heating was targeted as a way for the building owners to increase the level of comfort offered to tenants and their customers, according to the news source. This reason, along with reducing the long-term electricity costs, was seen as enough of a benefit to make the long-term investment.

Winter months are a time when many companies have to blast the heat in the building to keep employees happy, and this can lead to the production of contaminants in the air and high heating bills. Removing older heating systems helps to fix both problems, as older technology runs in an inefficient manner and reduces the air quality due to the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents.

These products store contaminants and circulate them in the air. New technology, like radiant heating systems, remove these contaminant-producing fixtures and help to improve the cleanliness of the office.

A Warmboard radiant heating system operates in a much more efficient manner than a traditional heater, allowing a building owner to provide heat to a structure at a fraction of the cost as other systems.

This is due to the highly-conductive tubing that is used throughout, as it uses energy in a more efficient manner. It is also easier to install, as Warmboard panels are very thin and can be used under any type of flooring.