Top 10 Low Cost Srategies
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.
Commissioning, a requirement for all major energy codes, can lead to major reductions in operating costs.
Carefully selecting a building’s finishes can greatly reduce cleaning and replacement costs. Pay particular attention to heavy-traffic areas.
Minimize the impact of flooding by locating critical infrastructure and equipment above grade – not in the basement!
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?
Implementing energy-efficient products and systems will provide energy savings and reduce maintenance costs – and could qualify for incentive programs.
Make your building flexible: anticipate future needs and plan your spaces to accommodate multiple functions.
Supplement your electronic and traditional security systems with spatial design strategies, such as secured vestibules and well-placed barriers, that protect your occupants
Improve the aural environment of your building through passive acoustical strategies, such as carefully locating noise-generating equipment away from occupants.
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.