Buildings alone account for 39 percent of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emission in the U.S. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that negatively impacts the global climate, leading to global warming. Reducing building’s carbon footprint not only helps in the reduction in emission of CO2, but also increases building’s market value and LEED score. If you are planning to make your multifamily building environmentally responsible, start with cost-effective housing renovation services.
In this post we discuss five ways in which you can reduce multifamily property carbon footprint, whether living in Houston, TX or any other place.
Invest in high energy-efficient products that will reduce energy consumption of the building. Start with energy-efficient lighting and move to bigger energy appliances, such as ‘Energy Star’ HVAC units. Since HVAC accounts for 40 percent of energy consumption of a building, It is important to look for most energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. In addition, schedule the units for cooling and heating for predetermined hours. Also, prefer low-energy humidifier over standard electric steam humidifier.
Go for Continuous Insulation (CI) for maximum reduction in carbon footprint of your building. As defined by ASHRAE 90.1, continuous insulation is used on the interior, exterior, or any opaque surface of a building, without using any thermal bridges other than fasteners and service openings. CI allows property owners/investors save thousands of dollars on energy bills over a period of time. CI not only enhances the thermal performance of a building, but also prevents thermal bridging due to continuous insulation.
3. Green Power
Every building needs electricity to operate. The source of energy used to generate operational energy plays a key role in defining the carbon footprint of a particular building. One of the cost-effective ways to reducing building’s carbon footprint is to use renewable sources. For example, use the roof or walls for generating solar air heating, solar electric photovoltaic systems, or solar water heating system rather than using conventional electric sources.
4. Water Management
Another reason for increased carbon footprint of buildings is their poor water management system. During commercial remodeling & renovation projects, it is advisable to make provisions for water conservation, efficiency, and reuse to reduce carbon footprint of the building. In addition, you can switch to energy-efficient appliances and fixtures that go a long way in reducing water usage and ultimately resulting in reduced carbon footprint. Rainwater harvesting and xeriscaping are other cost-effective ways that result in 50 percent reduction in outdoor water use.
The Way Forward
Reducing carbon footprint of a building is all about efficiency. In order to go carbon neutral or reduce energy consumption of your building, you would need a professional commercial remodeling & renovation contractor. A professional housing renovation contractor can help you reduce carbon footprint of your building without compromising on its structural aesthetics. Lastly, ensure that there are no hidden cost involved in the project.