To any building owner, energy represents the single largest controllable operating expense. Most of this energy is used for heating, cooling, and lighting. No matter what type of post-frame building you are planning, the more energy efficient you make your building, the higher the up-front investment will be.
Many states have adopted the energy conservation code (ECC) and are now enforcing buildings that are heated and cooled to be code compliant. It is important that you check with your building department to see if they will be enforcing the ECC.
How Energy Efficiency Plays a Role on Your Post-Frame Building
Good for Your Budget
Energy efficient design is one of the best opportunities you have for cutting utility costs, and it is your best hedge against escalating energy prices. A building designed and constructed to minimize energy consumption can help you realize tangible savings.
Good for the Environment
Incorporating energy efficiency measures into your building not only delivers economic benefits but also provides broader environmental benefits. Lower energy use results in better air quality, better use of resources, and reduced environmental impact.
Good for the People
Energy efficiency is not just about saving money on energy bills or being environmentally conscious. It is also about making your building a comfortable place to work or play.
How to Value Energy Efficiency
What is energy efficiency worth? How do you determine the investment level you should make into making sure your post-frame building is maximizing energy efficiency? Generally speaking, a trade-off exists between up-front investment into an energy efficiency building and the long term recurring energy cost. To help determine the value of upgrades, you need to establish a baseline building. From there, compare that baseline to the proposed upgraded building in terms of cost and performance. Finally, you can compare the up-front cost of the investment to the estimated savings and see how long it would take to realize a financial benefit.
There are a few different ways to think about energy saving tactics. You can invest in more efficient heating and cooling units, or you could use those resources to invest in the building itself through energy efficient windows and doors, increased insulation, etc. An experienced sales consultant and building company can help you think through the trade-offs and make sure you are making the best investment to save on energy costs.
Whether your goal is to save money or to positively impact the environment, having an energy-efficient building is a smart move. Energy conserved is money saved.