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3 Trends that Add Value to a Commercial Building

These days, green building is all the rage. The more you read about commercial construction trends, the more you realize that sustainable building materials and techniques have become not only a luxury, but a necessity.

At Leon Williams Contractors, we see green building trends starting to appear more and more in commercial construction in East Tennessee. Growing environmental concern has driven a lot of these trends, but as property and business owners realize that “going green” can also save them a lot of money, the trend is becoming more and more popular.

In fact, choosing green building options can add a great deal of value to a commercial building. Today’s building materials are high-quality, high-efficiency, and sustainable. Here are three trends you may want to consider incorporating into your next commercial project:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Commercial developers and building owners want their buildings to be as energy efficient as possible, largely because it can save a lot of money on electric bills. Making a building energy efficient means choosing a high-energy heating and air conditioning system, adding plenty of strategically-placed windows to increase natural light and temperature control, and using energy-efficient lighting throughout the building. Many developers are also putting lights and other fixtures on automated or motion-detected systems, so they save even more energy when people aren’t around. And cloud-based automation systems can manage how much energy a building uses.
  2. Solar Power: To make a commercial building even more energy efficient, many owners and developers are considering adding solar panels to their building to circulate their own energy without pulling it from a municipal grid. It’s popular to get as close to zero-net energy as possible.
  3. Water Conservation: From low-flow toilets to “grey water” recycling systems, commercial buildings are looking for ways to cut back on water usage. Grey water systems recycle some of the used water back through a building – for instance, water from the kitchen sink might move into the toilet system. These systems save money as well as water.

Green building isn’t the only way to add value to a commercial building, but it’s certainly one of the most popular – and green buildings are likely to hold their value for years to come.

If you’re interested in incorporating some green building techniques in your next commercial development project, contact Leon Williams Contractors today.

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