Cooler Buildings - Commercial

“Green Building” also applies to office and commercial buildings. Commercial and industrial buildings contribute greatly to the Urban Heat Island effect. Reflective roofing, reflective pavement for parking lots, and strategic shade plants can limit the amount of heat radiating off these structures, thus reducing the ambient temperature of the air around them. Office buildings also have great potential to save energy and money by using Energy Star appliances and motors, which use significantly less energy than competitive products. Like residential structures, commercial buildings can alter their impact on the environment while saving money.

To access energy efficiency suggestions for specific areas of commercial buildings click on the any of the green areas   in the drawing or the side bar.

Commercial roofing, like residential roofing are affected by absorbed heat.  To learn how to reduce this, click here. The performance of the air distribution or duct system of a building is critical to the efficiency of the air conditioner and furnace. To learn more click Commercial Air Conditioning systems are another major user of energy in commercial structures. To see where cost savings can be accomplished, click here. Reduction in heat absorption by pavement can reduce overall temperatures in cities. To learn more, click here. One of the largest users of electricity in a commercial building is the lighting. To learn how to reduce this energy user, click here. One of the largest users of electricity in a commercial building is the lighting. To learn how to reduce this energy user, click here. Trees, shrubs and other plants can reduce solar heating in cities. Click here to learn more.