Rising carbon footprints are a global concern that needs attention from every sector, with real estate being no exception. One of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions is the energy consumed in multifamily properties. This calls for multifamily property constructors and owners to manage the design of the building in such a way that it consumes less electricity and contributes positively towards the reduction of greenhouse gases. In addition, changing your multifamily property design attracts tenants, as they will pay low power bills. To help you know the design changes that can lower electricity consumption in multifamily buildings, we share five design trends to follow.
1. Reflective Roofing
Sun rays heat up the roof of the building that is transferred down, resulting in high room temperatures. That requires over running of cooling agents, such as air conditioners to keep the room temperature at comfortable range, thereby increasing the electricity consumption and cost. Installing a high solar reflectivity index (or SRI) can help lower the energy consumption and bills as it reflects more solar heat than normal roofs.
While you are protecting the roof from the sun rays, you must diligently use them to reduce the use of artificial lighting in the building. The easiest way to do that is by increasing the number and size of windows in every apartment. This will allow sufficient sunlight to enter the room and illuminate the decor. You can install at least one floor to ceiling window in every apartment that will effectively eliminate the need for any artificial light during the day, subsequently lowering the need for electricity and power costs.
3. Repurposed Materials
One of the major sources of land pollution are construction debris. It is very difficult to recycle construction materials, which is why you must consider using salvaged building materials such, as wood and bricks to carry out any construction work. You can also consider using reclaimed lumber to gain crucia points for LEED certification, further preventing environmental damage. Investing in repurposed construction materials will not only help you keep the construction cost under check but also impress residents for the property’s commitment to upcycling.
4. Low VOC Paint
The volatile organic compounds (VOC) found in paints and carpets generate organic pollutants that negatively impact the air quality inside the home, affecting the health of the occupants. This makes it imperative that you use paints with low levels of VOCs to keep the air quality in check and at the same time ensure good health of the renters.
5. Energy Efficient Appliances
The biggest contributor to greenhouse gases are home appliances, such as dish washer and dryers that consume lot of power. To lower their impact on the environment, you must incorporate only energy efficient appliances. This will help residents do laundry without generating high power bill and using less water. Additionally, you must replace fluorescent lighting with energy efficient lightbulbs to decrease electric consumption and costs.
Multifamily buildings typically house hundreds of residents and consume lots of power each day. That is why implementing the desirable changes will not only help the environment but renters as well. If you want professional help implementing these changes in your multifamily property, look no further than United Renovations Speciality Group. We are a reputable multifamily housing contractor in Dallas with experience handling nationwide projects. We can help you avail the benefits of energy efficient design trends at affordable prices. Get in touch with us by filling out our contact form or simply calling 480.219.6743.