Eat, Sleep, Work
For many people, work is their home away from home. You spend much of your day at work, but unfortunately, issues like poor indoor air-quality and uncomfortable temperatures can make your workplace a less appealing place to spend your time. Luckily, many companies are now focusing on the future, by retrofitting their workplaces to make them more energy efficient.
Energy-efficient buildings make employees more comfortable, and in turn, increases their workplace satisfaction, improving their company's image. Check out ways an energy-efficient building can improve your work environment and help you to work more efficiently.
Improved Temperature Comfort
An energy efficient building is designed to control the flow of air, moisture, and temperature. Using Energy Star® windows and insulation ensures effective sealing of the building, which keeps the conditioned air from escaping.
Environments that are too cold, can cause discomfort and a lack of mobility. Similarly, environments that are too hot, can lead to dehydration and other health concerns. By maintaining a consistent temperature, you will feel comfortable throughout the day. Therefore, not only will you be more productive, but will suffer fewer sick days from poor temperature conditions.
Savings on Monthly Utility Bills
When your workplace is designed to be energy-efficient, it will save money for the business. Some companies may even see up to 30% savings off heating and cooling bills, by simply preventing air leaks. Your business will improve its bottom line as less energy will escape the building and get wasted. This will free up funds for more important business concerns and keep the company healthy & moving forward.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
While many people think of outdoor air as being significantly more polluted than indoor air, they are often wrong. Indoor air pollutants such as dirt, dust, allergens, and chemicals all release into the air supply and circulate in the air you breathe, wreaking havoc on asthma and allergy symptoms, and leading to various types of respiratory illness. Much of these pollutants come in through cracks and leaks in the building and can reach dangerous levels without proper ventilation. Outdoor pollutants can be kept out if a building sealed for energy-efficiency, and ventilation can then control the airflow to ensure the air is being refreshed consistently. Moreover, the pollutants will be directed towards the filter, where they will be trapped.
When moisture builds up in your workplace, it can cause all kinds of problems. Moisture and heat lead to high levels of humidity which not only makes the air thick and difficult to breathe, but can can deteriorate the air quality. Heavy moisture buildup in your workplace can lead to staining on walls, ceilings, & windows, and mold growth. As moisture approaches the 50% mark, it can be difficult to control airborne disease. Once a building has been retrofited, air leaks will be minimized, and there will be proper ventilation, preventing moisture buildup and keeping humidity levels in the workplace comfortable.
Better Resale Value of an Energy Efficient Building
When a building is more energy-efficient, it costs less to operate, is easier to maintain, and has a much longer life. Comfort, improved indoor air quality, and the low cost of energy bills make such a building appealing to potential buyers. Thus your company's building will become a greater asset after an energy retrofit.
Reduced Emissions and Fossil Fuel Usage
An energy efficient retrofit can significantly lower the amount of greenhouse gases that your building uses. This helps your company do its part to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the air that can have a damaging effect on climate change. The building will also consume fewer fossil fuels to heat since the energy use in the building will be significantly reduced.
Working in an energy efficient building comes with numerous benefits from better comfort and indoor air quality, to lowering dangerous greenhouse emissions and reducing overall energy use. Help the environment and your local community by pushing for positive changes in work environments that can come from using an energy-efficient building. Find out more about retrofitting your Fredericton building by contacting Naveco Power today to discuss possible solutions.
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