Eat, Sleep, Work
You spend much of your day in your New Brunswick workplace, and for many people, work is their home away from home. 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 their time, money, and energy towards the future, by retrofitting their workplaces to make them more energy-efficient. Energy-efficient buildings can make employees more comfortable and, in turn, more protective, increasing their workplace satisfaction and creating a better image for the company. Check out some of the 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. When you use Energy Star® windows and insulation, they will work together to seal the building, keeping the warmed or conditioned air inside where it belongs.
When environments are too cold, it can cause discomfort and a lack of mobility. When the environment is too hot, it can lead to dehydration, and cause other health concerns as well. By keeping the temperature consistent and comfortable throughout the day, you will not only be more productive but suffer fewer sick days as a result of poor temperature conditions.
Savings on Monthly Utility Bills
When your workplace is designed to be energy-efficient, it will save the business money. Some companies may even see a savings of up to 30% off of heating and cooling bills, simply by keeping the air where it should be. With less energy escaping the building and being wasted, your business will improve its bottom line, which can keep the company healthy and moving forward, freeing up funds for more important business concerns.
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 get to dangerous levels without proper ventilation. With an energy-efficient building, the outdoor pollutants will be kept out through proper sealing, and ventilation will control the airflow to ensure that the air is being refreshed consistently and pollutants are directed towards the filter, where they will be trapped.
Moisture can cause all kinds of problems when it builds up in your workplace. Moisture and heat lead to high levels of humidity and increased humidity not only makes the air thick and difficult to breathe, but it also can create air quality problems. Heavy moisture buildup in your workplace can lead to increased moisture on walls, ceilings, and windows leading to staining 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 the Building
When a building is more energy-efficient, it will cost less to operate, be easier to maintain, and have a much longer lifestyle. Comfort, improved indoor air quality, and the low cost of energy bills all make the building appealing to potential buyers, which means your company's building will become a greater asset.
Reduced Emissions and Fossil Fuel Usage
An energy efficient retrofit can significantly lower the amount of greenhouse gasses that your building uses. This helps your company do its part to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses 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.