CO2 emissions building retrofit carbon footprintBelieve it or not, the greenest buildings are not always the ones you build new. According to recent studies, retrofitting older buildings for improved energy efficiency nearly always trumps energy efficient new construction projects in terms of long-term environmental benefit.

Experts believe that the building sector is the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly 75% of U.S. commercial buildings are 20 years or older and would benefit from retrofitting renovations to reduce their emissions and energy usage.

Lowering costs through retrofitting

As you’re looking to reduce operational overhead for your organization, consider retrofitting your existing commercial building to be more energy efficient. Currently, experts estimate that more than a trillion dollars flow out of older buildings in the U.S. in terms of wasted energy. This figure doesn’t begin to account for the environmental impact of their energy inefficiency.

Work with our experts to audit your retail space, office building, or healthcare facility’s current energy usage. Utilizing industry standards, Hibbs General Contracting will help you develop a plan to reduce your energy payload, and to increase the durability of your commercial space.

Retrofitting Renovations

Some of our typical energy evaluations and improvements include:

  • Reviewing water and energy systems to ensure they are operating at optimum performance, then upgrading or adjusting as needed.
  • Developing a plan to optimize the recycling and reuse of demolition debris and construction waste to minimize waste sent to local landfills.
  • Evaluate natural and artificial lighting availability and adjusting for efficiencies where appropriate.
  • Investigating renewable energy options to offset fuel-based energy consumption.
  • Evaluate indoor air quality to determine if natural ventilation and fresh air intake are feasible to reduce heating and cooling energy loads.
  • Consider solar shading devices, including those that generate electricity via photovoltaic (PV) energy devices.
  • Evaluate opportunities for draft reduction through adjustments in foundation, windows, insulation, and other opportunities.
  • Evaluate outdated systems in historic buildings, in a way that maintains original character of the building, while reducing energy consumption.
  • Incorporate sustainable operations and maintenance practices