In the United States, buildings account for:
- 39 percent of total energy use
- 12 percent of the total water consumption
- 68 percent of total electricity consumption
- 38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions
The built environment has a huge impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project. Potential benefits of green building can include:
- Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
- Improve air and water quality
- Reduce waste streams
- Conserve and restore natural resources
- Reduce operating costs
- Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
- Improve occupant productivity
- Optimize life-cycle economic performance
- Enhance occupant comfort and health
- Heighten aesthetic qualities
- Minimize strain on local infrastructure
- Improve overall quality of life
Due to the well-documented benefits of building green, building owners are increasingly turning to energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The most modern HVAC system designs now provide higher energy efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, enhanced comfort and reduced first cost and operating expenses. Energy is the single largest operating expense in a typical commercial building. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), heating, cooling and ventilation accounts for over half of commercial buildings’ energy use and costs. Therefore, energy-efficient HVAC systems offer a significant potential to reduce energy expenses.
Even minor changes in conventional HVAC design yield substantial environmental and financial results over the lifetime of a building. Energy-efficient HVAC systems essentially optimize energy use, reduce a building’s carbon footprint and allow better environmental control for a more productive, comfortable workspace.
These systems are a cost-effective way to save on energy costs on a life-cycle basis. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), adopting energy-efficient design and technologies for new office buildings can cut energy costs by as much as 50% and can yield savings of up to 30% by replacing older systems in existing buildings.
In short, energy-efficient HVAC systems are a simple and effective way for building owners to increase financial performance, help the environment and enhance tenant satisfaction.
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