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Small changes affect energy use in commercial structures

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:20

Every little bit counts, especially when it comes to saving the environment. Whether homeowners are separating their trash from their recyclables or installing eco-friendly systems in their abodes, there are several ways these individuals can save time, energy and money with these initiatives.

Businesses can greatly benefit from becoming environmentally conscious, as not only do consumers think highly of green companies, but managers can ensure the brand significantly cuts energy costs over time. Experts recently met at the Rocky Mountain Green conference, which was held by the Colorado branch of the U.S. Green Building Council, to discuss the ways by which building operators can cut their energy expenditures.

Installing small changes in buildings may cut energy costs

The Denver Business Journal was present at the event, chronicling findings from the top minds in the sustainable building realm. The majority of attendees explained that installing small changes within a company's structure may be the best way to accumulate savings over time. Jerry Tinianow, Denver's chief sustainability officer, explained that even the smallest things - such as altering the settings on a motion-sensor lighting systems - can make the greatest difference. The director of the Colorado Energy Office, Jeff Ackermann, detailed that installations that help contribute to lower utility bills are best, as they can sneakily add up over time.

"Measuring the benefits of energy efficiency is often measuring what didn't happen - but the numbers are the most meaningful place to start," Ackermann said, as quoted by the source. "The dollar benefits are tangible and get attention." 

Popular installations frequently adopted by companies include solar panels, low-flow water appliances and radiant heat flooring, all of which can lead to greatly reduced utility costs. Radiant heat, for example, is the perfect choice for companies looking to cut their energy bills, as it uses significantly less electricity than traditional heating systems.

Companies from around the globe focus on energy efficiency

Several countries have adopted legislation requiring companies to adopt eco-friendly practices when constructing new buildings. The European Commission, for example, announced that structures built within participating countries' borders must adhere to energy standards set forth by the organization. This legislation comes as part of the European Commission's plan to have all new buildings produce zero-energy by 2021. Additionally, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires that all buildings notify new tenants of their specifications, such as their energy performances and capacity for installing cost-effective systems.