Indeed. Despite current economic conditions, building owners are moving forward with their renovation and new building plans to incorporate energy-saving and eco-friendly upgrades to save money in the long-term. Environmentally conscious modifications include: occupancy sensors to conserve electricity; window shades to save on heating and cooling costs; low-flush toilets and short-run faucets with electronic eyes to conserve water; floor panels in nearly every room that are screwed down and reversible, doubling their useful life; fibre-optic building automation control systems to improve the management of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems,; meters for monitor monitoring personal energy use; sourcing recycled paper products; and installing automatic sensors on lighting.
I think so. Using green building practices like those certified by LEED standards are meant to build environmentally low-impact buildings that are energy and water efficient. The “whole building design” philosophy leads to overall savings in operation and maintenance costs, while not creating a lot of pressure on the environment and natural resources. Strategies that are encouraged by LEED include use of sustainable building materials (salvaged, recycled, local), water efficient infrastructure (collecting stormwater, efficient water fixtures, wetlands), and energy efficiency (building orientation, daylighting, automation systems, light fixtures).
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