Post Frame Buildings: Why They're Energy Efficient
To any building owner, energy represents the single largest controllable operating expense. Most of this energy is used for heating, cooling, and lighting. No matter what type of post-frame building you are planning, the more energy efficient you make your building, the higher the up-front investment will be.
Many states have adopted the energy conservation code (ECC) and are now enforcing buildings that are heated and cooled to be code compliant. It is important that you check with your building department to see if they will be enforcing the ECC.
How Energy Efficiency Plays a Role on Your Post Frame Building
1. Good for Your Budget
Energy efficient design is one of the best opportunities you have for cutting utility costs, and it is your best hedge against escalating energy prices. A building designed and constructed to minimize energy consumption can help you realize tangible savings.
2. Good for the Environment
Incorporating energy efficiency measures into your building not only delivers economic benefits but also provides broader environmental benefits. Lower energy use results in better air quality, better use of resources, and reduced environmental impact.
3. Good for the People
Energy efficiency is not just about saving money on energy bills or being environmentally conscious. It is also about making your building a comfortable place to work or play.
How to Value Energy Efficiency
What is energy efficiency worth? How do you determine the investment level you should make into making sure your post-frame building is maximizing energy efficiency? Generally speaking, a trade-off exists between up-front investment into an energy efficiency building and the long term recurring energy cost. To help determine the value of upgrades, you need to establish a baseline building. From there, compare that baseline to the proposed upgraded building in terms of cost and performance. Finally, you can compare the up-front cost of the investment to the estimated savings and see how long it would take to realize a financial benefit.
There are a few different ways to think about energy saving tactics. You can invest in more efficient heating and cooling units, or you could use those resources to invest in the building itself through energy efficient windows and doors, increased insulation, etc. An experienced sales consultant and building company can help you think through the trade-offs and make sure you are making the best investment to save on energy costs.
Whether your goal is to save money or to positively impact the environment, having an energy-efficient building is a smart move. Energy conserved is money saved.
Do you have more questions that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our customer engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.
About Angie Dobson
Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.