Commercial building owners and managers should be aware of the amount of energy their property is consuming. Additionally, they have a responsibility to explore options to make their building’s energy consumption more efficient. There is no better time than the new year to assess the ways that you can improve your energy consumption and perhaps reduce the cost of energy used as well. You first have to begin by measuring the current energy efficiency of your building. Working with a steel building components supplier will then help you determine what steps you can take to refine your energy efficiency.
Measuring Energy Efficiency
The energy efficiency of your building can be determined by looking at the established energy consumption benchmarks in comparison to the amount of energy being used per square meter of your floor area. This is going to be specific to your type of commercial building. The benchmarks generally consist of heating, cooling, air-conditioning, ventilation, lighting, fans, and any other electrical equipment.
Another way to determine energy efficiency in your commercial building is through the U-Value, which measures the loss of heat through a material. Your building’s code will specify the minimum energy efficiency values for your building’s components. This will help you determine the areas of your building, that gain or lose heat, that may not be as energy-efficient as others. Should things need replacing or upgrading, a steel building components supplier can help you find the best fit for your building and its energy efficiency.
LEED certification is another great indicator of whether or not your commercial building is energy efficient. It is a way for buildings to be eco-friendly and sustainable. Becoming LEED certified will help save building owners and managers save on expenses, which is another great way to start off the new year. To learn more about LEED certification, click here.
When you make your building more energy-efficient inside and outside, you will be able to reap the benefits of LEED certification, and your steel building components supplier will be able to help you achieve it.
DCI Products to Improve Your Building’s Energy Efficiency
Once you have determined the energy efficiency of your commercial building, you can work with your steel building components supplier and replace or upgrade your current parts. Below are some of the products DCI offers that will improve the energy usage in your building.
- Doors and Windows
Our commercial-grade doors and windows are strong and sturdy against the elements.
- Skylights and Smoke Vents
The combination of these two products allows your building to let in natural sunlight while ventilating smoke and other harmful gases.
- Power Ventilation
Ventilating fans circulate airflow in your building to keep it cool by pushing the hot air out of your building. DCI offers wall-mounted or roof-mounted fans, depending on the requirements of your building.
- Gravity Ventilation
A natural way to vent heat out of your structure.
Keep the air continuously flowing through your structure for proper air intake.
Create water-tight and heat-resistant seals across your building’s surfaces.
Take the next step towards energy efficiency today. Visit our website for more information on how our products can improve your building, or request a quote below.
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