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LEED Points and Guidelines for Energy Efficient Facilities

What Is an Energy Efficient Facility and How Is It Measured?

Efficiency is a priority for just about every business. When your operations aren’t running at peak efficiency, it means that somewhere along the chain, resources are being wasted in one way or another. Modern businesses are constantly searching for ways to improve their efficiency while adhering to oversight regulations and remaining profitable.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System (LEED) put forth by the USGBC gives designers and facility owners an ever-evolving recommendation system for designing and running an efficient facility. Conforming to this set of standards is scored on a point system, and the facility receives a ranking of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum depending on the score that it receives. Efficiency scores are based on resource consumption, employee comfort and productivity, and waste output.

 

Creating More Efficient Facilities

If you want your organization to obtain a LEED Certification or rating, you need to ensure that your facility is running at optimal efficiency in several areas. Some industries inherently demand higher resource consumption than others, and companies in one location may have different environmental considerations than another. LEED considers the various factors that influence your company’s overall efficacy (especially in terms of resource consumption vs. waste output) and assigns a score based on its findings.

One of the best ways that your company can improve its LEED score is by reducing its overall. This can be achieved in several ways depending on your location, operation, and industry, but one universal method for improving this factor is to create an onsite waste-to-energy process. Find a way to turn your facility’s waste and byproducts into fuel. A waste oil heating system is a fantastic way to do this, and it has some additional benefits aside from improving your LEED score.

 

Waste Oil Recycling and HVLS Fans

When you install a waste oil recycling system, you can choose from a variety of possible setups depending on the oils involved in your operations and your end goals. Re-refinement systems can extend the lifespan of the oils you use almost indefinitely. These systems filter, clean, and recycle used waste oils into a like-new state, and they’re then reused or used as bases for new oils.

You can also burn waste oils for fuel. When you invest in a waste oil heating system, you effectively turn your waste products into fuel and save money in several ways. First, you won’t need to worry about transportation and disposal, or the associated costs of getting rid of your waste oil safely and responsibly. Second, since you’re using that waste oil as fuel, other energy sources and supply chains are avoided and conserved. You’re not going to be spending as much on your energy bills to keep your facility heated.

Waste oil heaters used with HVLS fans are fantastic substitutions for traditional duct-based heating setups. A high-volume, low-speed fan functions like any other ceiling fan. The only differences are that it spins at much slower speeds (usually around 50 rpm) and has much larger fan blades specifically designed for greater air circulation. With a diameter of 6ft–20 ft, these fan blades push massive amounts of air through your building. The great thing about HVLS fans is that they work for any kind of climate control. You can keep cool in warmer temperatures, and HVLS are also fantastic for pushing heated air through a building.

 

How HVLS Fans Improve Your LEED Score

HVLS fans use an incredibly low amount of energy for the work they do. The most advanced HVLS fan motors from EnergyLogic only contain two moving parts, meaning that motor strain and power requirements are minimized. When you install a waste oil heating system with HVLS fans, you don’t face the same material demands that accompany typical HVAC systems. There’s no bulky hardware and no high energy bills for operating them.

HVLS fans are built to optimize airflow, and this is great for employee comfort and wellbeing. Airflow is crucial to maintaining a healthy work environment, and LEED scores account for employee happiness, comfort, and safety.

A waste oil heating system and HVLS fan can do wonders for your company’s LEED score across several metrics, all while having a very noticeable effect on your organization’s bottom line. When you work with EnergyLogic, your waste oil heating system and HVLS fans have been manufactured with efficiency in mind. Improve the climate and air quality of your facility and boost your LEED score, all while saving money on your energy bills and operational costs.

 

Sources:

http://www.usgbc.org/leed

http://www.concretethinker.com/solutions/LEED-Certification.aspx

http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/LEEDdocs/LEED_RS_v2-1.pdf

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