Energy use continues to be a major factor in the building business both energy used in production and energy consumed by the final product.
Energy used during production of a home or building generally gets included into the cost of the final product. This includes the cost of fuel to run vehicles and lifting equipment, cost of fuel to deliver products such as concrete and lumber, and the cost to provide temporary power and heat to projects under construction. When energy costs increase the cost of products and materials increase.
The other big energy concern is how much energy it takes to operate the home or building. This is impacted by the choice of fuel, type of heating and cooling devices, insulation, appliance selection, design of the structure, and many other factors. Northfield Construction Company works with all our clients to review these issues during the planning phase of a project.
A lot of work is being done with photovoltaic systems. These are generally flexible, thin film materials. They turn the suns energy into electrical energy.
Non-mechanical devices, they work silently creating electricity from the sun. We installed photovoltaic shingles on a house a couple of years ago and will be doing so again shortly.
But the number one way to reduce energy in buildings is through conservation. Conservation of energy gives the biggest payback, and is the least expensive way to reduce energy needs. If you never have to make or purchase the power, because you reduced your overall use, you get 100% payback for that power not used…the highest rate of return you can get.