How to build an energy efficient warehouse
Category Industrial Property Advice
In these times of increasing electricity costs and looming global water shortages, it is prudent to consider all aspects of energy efficiency when designing and building a new warehouse. In our experience, a relatively small amount of planning, at the design stage of a new warehouse, can result in considerable long-term savings over the life of a warehouse.
Electricity Saving Methods
Electricity is consumed in the lighting as well as the heating and cooling of buildings. One of the largest savings that can be made when building a new warehouse is to ensure that there is an abundance of natural light inside the building. This can be achieved by using translucent sheeting on the roof and the sides of the warehouse, and using large windows in the offices. In addition, it has been proven that natural light creates a happier and more productive working environment. Small changes to the environment at work can result in big changes to the level of happiness of employees.
In areas where lights are required and for working at night, low voltage energy saving light bulbs should be used. Another saving mechanism to use is motion sensors. Offices should be connected to motion sensors that turn off automatically when there is no movement in a room.
Heating and Cooling
Planning in the design stage can also improve the environment inside the warehouse, by encouraging natural airflow. This keeps the warehouse cooler in the summer months. Insulating the floor in both the warehouse and the office will also assist with keeping out the cold in winter. These small changes to the initial design can go a long way to reducing the overall energy costs of the building, as well as improving the working environment for the employees.
Water Saving Ways
The other obvious enhancement is to use the large warehouse roof to harvest rainwater, which can be stored in underground tanks. This water can then be used for the flushing of toilets and outside water use, such as the irrigation of the gardens. These tanks do have an initial cost upfront, however with the increasing price and scarcity of water, it will result in long-term savings and enhanced property values.
So, it can be seen that a small amount of planning in the design phase can result in material long-term benefits for the owners, users and employees.
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