Materials & Technology

Canadian industrial complex wins for energy efficiency, increases value for property

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 10:35

Families and companies around the world are beginning to realize that adding efficient technology into a structure can produce long-term energy savings and can help increase the value of a building or home.

Technology like radiant heating systems can add to the value of a home due to the comfortable nature of the warmth that is provided and because of the energy savings that come from the efficiency of the system.

Radiant systems that use thick aluminum piping to deliver the hot water maximize the efficiency of the technology, as they conduct heat in a more effective manner and higher temperatures can be reached with water that isn't as hot.

Awareness Into Action reported that buildings that have efficient technology sell for more money, due to the long-term savings associated with potential energy costs. LEED certified structures sell for more due to the value that companies have placed on obtaining this award.

According to the Montreal Gazette, this economic motivation was enough to lead a Canadian company to invest in energy-efficient technology for its structure. Schulter Systems installed green and sustainable products into its Ste. Anne de Bellevue complex.

The news source reported that the three-story, 66,000-square-foot building has received an LEED Gold certification for its efforts in limiting energy consumption. Though the company values the environmental aspect of the installation, the move to more efficient technology also made sense from a business point of view.

The building has already limited energy costs due to its use of technology like radiant heating, rainwater retention and LED lighting throughout the structure. The air quality in the building has also improved because of the changes, according to the Gazette.