Are you looking for a way to “green” your existing structure? As the desire for greener, more sustainable buildings continues to grow, driven by rising energy costs and the awareness of the need to protect dwindling natural resources, building owners are searching for ways to make their structures more environmentally responsible and resource-efficient, reducing their impact on the environment and human health. While green buildings ideally utilize sustainable practices at every stage in their life cycle, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and even destruction, if you have an existing structure, you can still join the green construction movement. By retrofitting your structure with a green building solution, you can lower your energy costs, reduce your environmental impact, and create a more beneficial working environment.
The first step to creating a greener building is reducing energy usage through efficient energy management. Green building solutions accomplish this by employing building automation systems that integrate all the various electrical, mechanical, and security systems into a single integrated system. Once the systems are all working together, they can share information to employ strategies that direct energy to areas only when they are occupied, turning off energy where no one is present. Since at any given time, 30% to 40% of a typical commercial building is empty, employing a green building solution in your structure can produce a significant reduction in your energy usage and costs – up to 30%.
The primary systems involved in these energy saving efforts are temperature control and lighting control:
- Temperature Control – Establish schedules, by time of day, week, etc., and the building automation system turns the HVAC system on or off as needed to maintain set temperature points. Software analyzes energy use, applying the information to reduce energy usage while still maintaining the comfort of the inhabitants. It also has the capacity to receive, store, and analyze the metering and sensor data provided to optimize and track energy use. An automated tenant override can be employed, to give your tenants the ability to override preset building automation scheduling and HVAC systems via the internet or a smartphone after business hours.
- Lighting Control – Using time and zone sensors, lighting control can turn on and off lights in unoccupied building sections. Correctly utilized, lighting control can reduce energy usage by 25%. use time and zone controls to turn off lights in any area of a building that is unoccupied, relying on occupancy sensors to indicate when an area is unpopulated and switching the lights on or off accordingly. Lighting control can be applied to outdoor parking lots, garages, walkways, and signs as well as indoor areas such as offices, cubicles, cafeterias, and storage areas.
In addition to reducing energy usage, green building solutions improve the building environment for their occupants. Poor air quality in commercial buildings negatively affects inhabitants’ health, causing symptoms that range from headaches, fatigue, coughing, and sneezing to shortness of breath and dizziness. Green solutions for South Florida buildings employ air monitoring and control to eliminate unsafe levels of both CO and NO2. They can also control and adjust humidity to prevent the growth of dangerous toxic mold.
Are you ready to reap the benefits of a greener building? As a leader in green building in South Florida, Advanced Control Corporation has created green building solutions that have reduced the carbon footprint and increased the sustainability of thousands of buildings in Florida. Contact Advanced Control Corporation at 954.491.6660 today to start on the path to a greener tomorrow.