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Top 10 Low Cost Srategies

1

Proper building orientation, daylighting, and natural ventilation systems, such as operable windows, improve the quality of life for occupants on a daily basis and are indispensable during power outages.  

2

Commissioning, a requirement for all major energy codes, can lead to major reductions in operating costs.

3

Carefully selecting a building’s finishes can greatly reduce cleaning and replacement costs. Pay particular attention to heavy-traffic areas. 

4

Minimize the impact of flooding by locating critical infrastructure and equipment above grade – not in the basement! 

5

Assess the risk your building faces with a loss of power and consider the best short- and long-term response. Is an emergency generator and/or UPS system worth the investment? 

6

Implementing energy-efficient products and systems will provide energy savings and reduce maintenance costs – and could qualify for incentive programs.

7

Make your building flexible: anticipate future needs and plan your spaces to accommodate multiple functions.

8

Supplement your electronic and traditional security systems with spatial design strategies, such as secured vestibules and well-placed barriers, that protect your occupants

9

Improve the aural environment of your building through passive acoustical strategies, such as carefully locating noise-generating equipment away from occupants. 

10

Extend your design strategy to the exterior of your building with a well-considered landscaping plan that reinforces a sense of security and the ability to monitor the surroundings.

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