A Key Component: Energy Efficiency
At Briner Building, energy efficiency isn’t just an afterthought. It’s a key component of our design build process. Typical installations include: T5 or T8 energy efficient light fixtures with built-in sensors, high efficiency air rotation HVAC units, R30 roof insulation (compared to R19 industry standard), and R18 insulated metal wall panels (compared to R13 industry standard).
The “R” in R30 roof insulation represents the R-value, a measure of thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation’s effectiveness. By using R30 roof insulation and R18 wall panels, Briner is striving to set a higher standard when it comes to energy efficiency. We believe that this is important for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important factor for our clients is that it saves them money! Just look at these stats courtesy of www.epact2005.org:
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), lighting represents 40% of the average commercial building’s electric bill, followed by motors/HVAC at 40% combined and other equipment at 20%.
- According to the EPA, energy consumption represents 30 percent of a typical commercial office building’s operating costs, making it the single largest controllable cost of operations.
- According to EPA estimates, the 2,500 buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR label for energy efficiency through 2005 save a combined $350 million on their energy bills.
- According to the Energy Cost Savings Council (ECSC), energy-efficient lighting projects generate an average 45% return on investment.
With numbers like these, it’s easy to see why we value energy efficiency in all of our construction projects . . . but this commitment to energy efficiency is also impacting our clients, our company, and our future in 3 distinct ways.
EPAct Tax Deductions
Briner Building’s utilization of energy efficient materials has allowed numerous clients to qualify for Section 1331 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). This act provides a deduction for commercial buildings with heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, and interior lighting systems that offer a 50% reduction in total annual energy and power costs. Commercial buildings that qualify for EPAct can receive up to a $1.80 per sq/ft. tax deduction simply for being more energy efficient. Combine these savings with the return on investment that these energy efficient features will provide, and you’re looking at loads of savings!
For more information about EPAct, visit www.epact2005.org, or contact Briner to see how we can help you earn deductions on your commercial building projects.
ASHRAE “Green Tint Award”
All of our energy efficiency efforts are also getting us noticed as a company. The Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) awarded Briner with the “Green Tint Award” for our efforts in energy efficiency. ASHRAE’s mission is to promote a sustainable world and to be a local source for information in regards to heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigerating, so it was a great honor for Briner Building to be recognized by such a reputable organization.
Visit ASHRAE online at http://www.fortwayneashrae.org/ for more information.
Butler® SunLite Strip™ Daylighting System
Moving forward, Briner Building is also anxious to begin promoting and installing Butler®’s patented SunLite Strip™ Daylighting System in future construction projects. This innovative new building system will maximize natural lighting and provide even more energy savings for our clients when paired with the MR-24 roof system. For more information on Butler®’s SunLite Strip™ System, click here or read Butler®’s description of the system below:
The SunLite Strip™ daylighting system adds natural daylight, energy savings, and occupant comfort to any Butler® building featuring the MR-24® roof system—new or retrofit applications. Butler has partnered with Sunoptics® to offer this innovative daylighting option.
Features & Benefits
- Reduces electrical lighting consumption and lighting costs up to 70% when integrated with control systems design
- Installs in 1/3 the time of curb-mounted systems, allowing for faster move-in
- Design can reduce roof penetrations by 30%—reducing field labor and protecting the weathertight integrity of the MR-24® roof system
- Prismatic acrylic domed technology adds up to 3 times the amount of light earlier and later in the day vs. translucent panels
- Can provide a return on investment (ROI) in an average of 3 to 5 years
Prismatic acrylic skylights are weather-tight and provide natural light without the glare or hotspots of traditional fiberglass skylights. SunLite Strip is easy to install, thermally efficient and is guaranteed on a 20-year limited warranty. So let the light in and save!Return to News