Today, it is entirely possible to be smart about energy while keeping tenants happy and reducing costs, being kind to the environment, and being aware of your natural resources. Being smart about energy is a major talking and selling point that will help keep your investment property at full occupancy and return dollars to your bottom line.
Here are some items to consider:
– Setback thermostats to control every office or workspace individually;
– Remote monitoring devices that will raise (or send) an alert in case of a malfunction;
– Smart lighting solutions that can reduce energy consumption by as much as 10%;
– Upgraded HVAC equipment;
– Green technology to combat harmful emissions;
– Modern ventilation and hot water systems;
– Computer power management tools;
– Automation, wherever possible;
– Changes to the company culture to focus on the need for energy management.
While some of these suggestions are easily implemented and represent “hard” improvements that can be quantified and assigned a dollar value, others are more subjective, and must be considered regarding their value to each industry, specific application, individual benefit and return on investment.
For example, although property managers have little influence on company culture, knowing where firms stand when it comes to energy-saving practices may make your property more attractive to new tenants. We are in an age of crisis in terms of climate change, resource depletion, and energy dependency. If your property can help its tenants to reduce their impact on the environment and their energy bill, it would be a win-win for everyone.
Here are some Specific Target Areas
Daylight is your ally. Scientific studies confirm that workers who can see the sun and the sky are happier, more efficient and less likely to require time off due to illness. In addition, the sun can not only brighten interior spaces; it can also be a source of heat. Use large windows to your advantage in cooler climates, and install modern lighting that mimics daylight in spaces that must be fully and artificially climate controlled. Whenever possible, capture views of greenery, sky, and natural surroundings, and provide courtyards, walkways and outdoor benches or landscaping not only because they are attractive, but because they affect productivity and earnings.
Interior air quality is a vital concern for business. Work environments that are too hot or too cold are one concern. But a growing problem for companies of all sizes is an illness. Complaints about air quality, toxic fumes, and odorous emissions plague white collar employers just as frequently as industrial firms. Today, there are myriad solutions, and the place to start is at the building level, with your choice of materials. Consider investigating and upgrading HVAC and ventilation systems. Finally, look for monitors that will alert you about any worrisome odors, particles or pathogens that might lurk in the environment.
Go mobile and transportable. Rethink the clunky computer installations. The corporate environment is “on the move.” Trends toward remote workstations, telecommuting, job sharing and flexible hours show no signs of slowing, so why not encourage the move toward laptop computers and transportable tablets. Portables require up to 90% less energy than comparable desktop computing facilities. They also become more powerful and more flexible almost daily. Shifting the load will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost the ability to “unplug.”
Some estimates predict that, in the U.S. alone, at least $60 billion can be easily saved through implementation of modern energy-saving devices. The specialists at StoneCo Building Group can help you to make these energy and cost saving improvements with ease. Contact us today!