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Commercial Building HVAC & Zero-Energy Buildings

Commercial building HVAC is one of, if not the, largest consumer of energy in just about every commercial building. As a result the commercial building HVAC system is a big part of helping designers and architects meet net zero energy goals.

Commercial building HVAC and lighting at typically responsible for most of the energy costs in running a building, so when technological improvements can be made it’s a big deal. While many in the public view green buildings and net zero buildings as an environmentally responsible choice, building owners also see it as a good business decision.

Approximately 40% of the energy in commercial buildings is allocated to HVAC equipment, so it’s easy to see that finding efficiencies in the mechanical systems of the boilers, air conditioners and other components is beneficial. In terms of achieving any sort of LEED or net zero status finding these efficiencies is essential.

A high-efficiency commercial building HVAC system uses innovative technologies, such as inverters that drive the compressor and smart controls to manage time and usage. Essentially, every watt that can be saved in HVAC, lighting and other areas that doesn’t have to be generated by renewable energy makes achieving designations easier. Many net-zero-energy buildings avoid the direct usage of fossil fuels and install heat pumps when applicable. The electrification of heating through via heat pumps and the electrification of transportation via electric vehicles are common net-zero-energy building components.

The size and energy consumption of the HVAC systems also directly relate to key building design features such as orientation, building envelope, lighting system, and appliances. By starting with the HVAC system, since it’s the largest energy hog, it’s easier to configure other systems in order to minimize overall energy consumption.

Much of this is done prior to construction in the planning stages, but it’s also important to properly maintain and repair commercial building HVAC components regularly.

For more information about how you can achieve LEED or net zero status contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Novel Care has been providing reputable and professional commercial HVAC service in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Green Building Projects To Double By 2018

Green building projects have been a trend for a number of years now. Corporations and building owners have been striving to obtain LEED standards for their buildings, not just to attract tenants, but also to reduce costs and insurance rates.

A recent study titled: “World Green Building Trends 2016, Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth”, indicates that over the next 2 years the percentage of companies that will have more than 60% of their building projects LEED or green certified is going to more than double. Specifically, by 2018 37% of new building projects will be LEED or green building certified in some other way.

This growth in green buildings is being driven by developing countries and markets like Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, China, India and South Africa. The study identifies green building projects that certify with systems such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB and Green Star.

Key Green Building Content In The Report:

  • The number of green buildings continue to double every 3 years, globally
  • Brazil is projecting 6x growth in the percentage of companies that will certify green buildings (6% to 36%)
  • China is expecting 5x growth in their percentage of green buildings (5% to 28%)
  • Saudi Arabia is expecting a 4x growth in the percentage of companies that certify green buildings (8% to 32%)
  • There is a 7% increase in value of green buildings compared to non-green buildings
  • The most widely noted benefit to ensuring a green building is lower operating costs
  • Commercial construction is the highest growth sector for green building projects (46%)

For more information about how commercial HVAC and other HVAC services and appliances can help your building achieve LEED status contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Novel Care has been providing commercial HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.