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Small Buildings Present Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Small Buildings Present Energy Efficiency Opportunities

While some developers and builders focus on putting up new energy-efficient buildings, there’s a lot to be said for using an existing asset, such as an older building, and retrofitting it for energy efficiency. About 30 billion dollars worth each year, to be precise. According to a new study, taking advantage of energy efficiency opportunities in small commercial buildings could yield $30 billion in savings each year, which would not only reduce their environmental footprint, but would also help to strengthen the bottom line for those businesses. Small buildings (structures under 50,000 square feet) make up some 95% of all… read more

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Historical buildings that need restorations or energy updates have an added concern when trying to adhere to environmental considerations, since conserving the customary aspects of the space is also important. Preserving and operating antique sites can be costly, and renovating them can be even more so. However, as pointed out by South Carolina‚Äôs Preservation Society of Charleston, existing historic buildings are generally already green in nature, making them ideal for an efficiency overhaul. When compared to the financing and energy consumption required to replicate a new structure on the same scale, redesigning or performing energy audits to update problem areas… read more