When it comes to remodeling, trends come and go from year to year. However, sustainability is not one of those passing trends- it’s here to stay. So, it makes sense that more and more business owners are looking for ways to make their office spaces more energy efficient. Today on the blog, your friends at Hearn Construction, Inc. are discussing three energy-efficient office design ideas you can incorporate into your next office remodel.
1. Install Energy Efficient Doors and Windows
Door and window technology has come a long way in the past several years. Old doors and windows are often made from materials that are prone to air leaks because of cracks and gaps between the door and the frame. However, newer model doors and windows will not only stop air leaks, but are also made from low-emissivity glass that will help to block the sun’s rays. Fewer sun rays will keep your office cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
2. Insulate Properly
A properly insulated building helps your air conditioner and furnace run more efficiently. Working with a contractor to properly insulate your commercial building is the best way to keep the warm air out in the summer time, and the warm air in during the winter months. If your building is older, it will likely lack proper insulation, so it’s a good idea to do a walk-through with your contractor to pinpoint areas that lack insulation.
3. Focus on Natural Light
Finally, if you’re doing a major remodel, consider ways that you could add more natural light to your office space. More windows or a skylight could help cut electrical costs and may even improve your employees’ productivity. Studies have shown that individuals who are only exposed to artificial light during the day are more likely to see a drop in their mood- which then leads to a drop in productivity. Installing more windows might be the perfect way to save money, and improve office morale at the same time.
When you’re ready to begin your commercial construction project, contact the experts at Hearn Construction, Inc. We’ve been working with business owners in the Indianapolis area since 1990, and we look forward to helping you make your office more energy efficient. Contact us today at (765) 452-2669 or request an estimate online.