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Six elements that make a building more sustainable

by John Saunders
17th May 21 1:17 pm

Building a commercial property with sustainability in mind is critical today. Your quality can make your building greener and more sustainable using enough insulation, designing for airtightness, using the building’s thermal mass, using natural light, and using green and sustainable materials. 

Keep reading to learn more about how your company can design such structures in an eco-friendly way

Use plenty of insulation

The more insulation you have in the building or home structure, including the floor, roof, and walls, the higher level of heat it will retain, and it will be more efficient. And remember to use high-quality insulation with the best acoustic properties, as well. 

Insulation is not an area where you should try to save money; it’s one of the few tricky things to fix later without spending a lot of money. 

Remember, few people ever complain their heat or AC bill is too low, so put in as much good insulation as you can afford. Your commercial bank account will thank you later. 

Use natural light

Increasing the levels of natural light in your building with roof lights, proper use of windows, and sun pipes helps to reduce the need for artificial lights. Doors and windows are part of the home shell, so using high-performance windows with triple glazing can boost the home’s thermal performance. 

The best performance windows can be highly efficient with window values below .8W per m2K. Solar gains through these windows can be captured to heat the home and combine with your thermal mass to drop your heating bills. 

The proper fitting of the windows is vital to ensure the best performance over time; they create a vital part of the structure’s shell. 

Buy sustainable and green materials

There are many effective ways to select materials and products that are green. Your home will be more energy-efficient and won’t need as much power if you choose these materials, so it’s a vital consideration. 

Of course, natural, green materials provide proven performance and are better for the earth. 

Choose structural systems early in your design process

Every construction process can be changed to meet high energy efficiency needs. But some are easier to hit the best standards. Some of the best systems for energy efficiency include: 

  • Timber frame
  • Brick and block
  • Block and block
  • Insulated concrete framework

Use renewables after the shell of the home is finished

Economically-minded builders and renovators lead the way to adopt green technologies. Their attempts can help you choose the perfect options for your house. The key to remember is to let your design do all the work and then match the energy needs to that high level. 

Some of the most popular renewable technologies are solar thermal panels, ground-source or air-source heat pumps, and solar photovoltaic panels. Solar energy has many advantages and its adoption comes with a host of new possibilities.

When melded into a comprehensive plan, these above principles will ensure that quality, performance, and comfort are produced on your sustainable home build. 

Prefabricated construction techniques

Typical construction can be wasteful because it requires a lot of energy and often isn’t fuel-efficient. But modular construction is rising. Whether the whole building is prefabricated or the building materials allow builders to wield more control over the process. 

For example, using precast concrete can be made in a factory setting that makes very little waste and has a negligible effect on the quality of the air. It also can be made from materials that have been recycled. This fact lowers the demolition waste that is common with regular construction processes. 

Following these guidelines will help you make your new building more sustainable. 

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