The U.S. industrial sector accounts for more than 30% of the nation’s energy consumption. Not only does it consume 30% of our nation’s energy, but 30% of that energy is wasted in buildings. A recent survey from Frost & Sullivan reveals that electricity accounts for roughly 10% of overall operating costs, which can add up especially for organizations that have multiple locations. There are more than 4.7 million commercial buildings in the US that spend approximately $369 billion.
New construction allows for a whole new start and full-scale energy efficient operation to take place. By installation of the best lighting options, implementing an energy-efficient HVAC systems and solar could already cut the “supposed” energy load down by nearly half at the time. Commercial buildings use 70% of electricity and emit over 1/3 of the greenhouse gas emissions out there. With the proper design and construction plans of the facility as well as the mentioned energy-efficient technology, a new building can be way ahead of the curve in the present and fully prepared for what’s to come in the future. From a design phase thru Post-Construction phase, keeping in mind innovative structures as it harmonizes with the surrounding environment, there is no reason why sustainability shouldn’t be considered 10 out of 10 times.