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SAVING ENERGY

Whether you're planning a new construction project or a renovation, energy-efficient design is one of the best opportunities you have for cutting costs and reducing your project's harmful environmental effects.

Bring green building consultants and a commissioning agent on board at the design stage in order to identify and carry out a range of strategies to improve energy performance in your building or space. Increasing the flow of natural light in a space, for example, will reduce electric lighting requirements and help boost employee productivity and satisfaction.

To limit the energy needed for heating and cooling, construct walls with extra insulation and windows with good shading characteristics, and orient your building to make the best use of solar heat gain and loss. To further improve energy efficiency, properly size your HVAC and refrigeration systems to avoid prolonged periods of operation at partial capacity.
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