As the price of fossil fuels continues to skyrocket due to ever-increasing demand, there will be a need for buildings to be more energy efficient than ever before. Apart from mitigating the effects of rising energy costs, better energy efficiency also benefits everyone in general by lowering the impact that buildings have on the environment.
One of the biggest factors in a building’s energy efficiency is its glazing, or lack thereof. Glazing systems, while playing the important role of allowing natural light to enter the building unimpeded, also let heat in the form of ultraviolet light penetrate to the structure’s interior.
It follows, then, that while larger windows might save occupants some energy for lighting, they eventually end up wasting more energy in keeping temperatures down. Glazed areas as a consideration in energy efficiency is also highly subject to the nature and design of the glazing systems in place.
In residential architecture, for example, glazing systems can usually be controlled by the building’s occupants—i.e., a resident can open or close his windows as he pleases. This allows for some control of the climate within the building without relying too heavily on active systems such as air conditioning and heating.
In commercial architecture, however, the trend is usually to have spaces dominated by glass panels that cannot be opened or closed. To maintain an ambient temperature conducive to productivity, more emphasis is given on the utilization of centralized climate control systems. The result is that the energy consumption of most commercial buildings is tied directly to the equipment performance required to keep temperatures at a desirable level.
Naturally, since energy from the sun enters a building at varying intensities throughout the year, energy consumption increases or decreases according to outdoor conditions. As a result, businesses are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s dictates and tend to spend the most money on utilities at the height of summer or winter.
To avoid excessive bills, businesses need to take advantage of the range of energy-saving glazing technologies available to them. While the majority of these technologies can only be applied at the construction phase, there are solutions that can be added to existing commercial applications to improve their energy efficiency to a smaller degree. Applying window tinting on Lansing, MI, buildings is one such solution.
While window tinting may not completely eliminate all the heat a building takes in due to incoming sunlight, it can significantly reduce that heat. As a passive solution to energy efficiency, installing business window tint in Michigan can help a company save money on cooling costs in the summer. The one-time investment paid to installers like Design Rides eventually pays for itself in the long run.
(Source: GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm, Inhabitat, May 13, 2014)