20% of the Energy We Use is to Power Commercial Buildings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy about 20% of the energy we use is to power commercial buildings. We can all agree that if we’re using energy, it should be used efficiently. In this article, we detail why you should build an energy efficient building, how modular buildings can be energy efficient, and some specifics to consider as you’re planning your project.

Why build an energy efficient building?

Don’t green buildings cost more? Why bother trying to save a few bucks. 

For starters, green buildings don’t have to be more expensive. According to the 2016 World Green Building Trends Smart Market Report, green buildings are about 14% less costly to operate than traditional buildings. And with the right approach, they can be less expensive to build, too.

How modular buildings can be energy efficient

And if cost wasn’t enough of an incentive, consider how much good you can do for the planet. Buildings account for 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. The process of how buildings are built factors into that number. Because modular buildings are mass produced, they make better, more efficient use of resources in the process – doing their part to save the planet. 

Of course, they’re reusable as well. Their reusability contributes to the cost and energy savings of producing a new building from the ground up.

Features to consider when planning an energy efficient building

There are numerous components of your building that can contribute to it being as energy efficient as possible. Let’s go over a few of the options.

● Windows

The type of windows you select help you manage the overall heating and cooling systems of your building. The placement of windows also matters. The insulation of the window and the tinting are integral factors in energy efficiency. Orienting your glass windowsto avoid heat hitting it directly for long periods of time is helpful.


Selecting programmable thermostats is a great way to manage your energy costs during after-hours and on weekends. In addition, regular maintenance on your unit will save you time and ensure the unit is running optimally.

● Motion Sensors

It’s easy to forget about turning off light switches every time you leave a room. Investing in motion sensors in your building will save you from using excess electricity as well as the hassle of constantly replacing light bulbs.

● Lights

Speaking of lights, consider compact fluorescent lamps. They last longer(about 8 times) and are more energy efficient (about 70% more) than incandescent bulbs. (Maddie, look up some information on LED ceiling lights as well.

● Roofing

The roof is a big component of energy efficient buildings. The type of roof, material used and even the color of your roof are all variables to consider for an energy efficient building. The devil is in the details.

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