If you own a building that contains inefficient design, you could be paying more than double what’s necessary for annual energy usage. Depending on a building’s size, inefficient interior lighting, and HVAC systems it can result in thousands to millions of extra dollars in annual energy consumption. To prevent this from happening, owners of buildings need to upgrade their buildings with a smart building retrofit to reduce energy use and create significant commercial energy savings.
Interior Lighting System
When a facility retrofits its old lighting system, it can usually expect to achieve a 50 percent annual reduction in electrical cost that results from interior lighting. Many companies that occupy large office buildings run manufacturing plants or have multiple buildings have a significant amount of lighting that burns 24 hours a day. Once an energy-efficiency consultant audits your building’s energy performance, smart building retrofitting recommendations are made, based on the company’s goal and objectives. The inefficient lighting will be replaced with energy efficient lighting retrofits can reduce the energy use of interior lighting by half. Once in place, the new lighting system may be connected to automatic regulators that control the brightness according to natural light and turns off when no movement is present driving savings even higher.
Like interior lighting systems, HVAC systems can benefit from smart building retrofitting. The old lighting systems commonly produce more heat than energy efficient lighting, causing further energy inefficiency by raising a building’s temperature and making the HVAC system use more electricity.
HVAC systems contain three elements that are commonly targeted for energy efficient retrofit: boiler system, chiller system, and air handler system. In older HVAC systems, the chiller and air distribution fans are often oversized for the size of the building that they serve, meaning that they use excessive electricity without producing enhanced results. Thus, achieving a significant reduction in electrical costs by retrofitting HVAC entails replacing the large elements with smaller ones, with research showing that reducing the size of distribution fans can cut an air distribution system’s power usage by 50 percent. In the case of boilers, replacing an inefficient boiler with a high-efficiency boiler can reduce boiler power usage by 30 percent.
Building envelopes are the most overlooked element when it comes to energy efficiency, but their effect total utility costs can be significant. Even when your interior lighting and HVAC systems are efficient, it’s crucial to maximize your building’s ability to retain heat in the winter and coolness in the summer through proper insulation. Building envelope solutions depend on several factors, such as climate, building type, and unique company needs. But having the best insulation is vital in reducing your utility costs.
Your building’s age should not affect your building’s performance. It’s time to upgrade your facility with a smart building retrofit, contact BRAVO! Homeowners, facility managers, and businesses owners will benefit advancing their existing facilities with state-of-the-art technology minimizing energy wastes and ensuring big savings. BRAVO! can design a retrofit system within an already established building, or design and build a completely new system from the ground resulting in a dramatic reduction in total energy costs.