Two steps you can take to ensure the industrial facility you plan to build is energy-efficient

1 November 2018
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

If you want the industrial facility you will be building to be as energy-efficient as possible, here are two steps that you can take to achieve this aim.

Use thermally conductive soil in the areas where underground pipes will contain chilled water

One way to ensure that energy is not wasted in your new facility is to check that the soil in the area where you will be installing underground chilled water pipes is thermal conductivity soil.

The reason you should do this is that this type of soil (that is, soil which is effective at absorbing and dissipating heat) will help to prevent the cold water inside these pipes from heating up as it moves through them.

This will mean that you will not have to use additional electricity to cool down this water before it is used inside your facility, which will, in turn, prevent your facility from using excessive amounts of energy.

In order to determine if your plot contains this type of soil, you will need to extract a small amount of dirt from the land and send it to a lab that performs thermal conductivity soil tests.

Whilst sending off a sample and waiting for the results will require an investment of time, effort and money, this usage of your resources at the construction stage could generate long-term savings by helping to keep your facility's energy bills low.

Make sure the building is well-insulated

It can be very difficult to prevent the cold or hot air produced by an industrial facility's HVAC system from escaping, as its exterior and interior doors are often opened and closed regularly throughout the course of a typical day.

However, you can mitigate the impact this has on your building's energy efficiency by ensuring, during the construction stage, that the building is extremely well-insulated.

In practical terms, this means that you should opt for triple-glazed windows and should ensure that all of the cavities within the structure's ceiling and walls are filled with high-quality insulation materials.

This will almost certainly make the facility more expensive to build. However, over time, you should be able to recoup these extra costs and generate savings by reducing energy wastage.

More specifically, you will not have to keep your facility's heating or air conditioning systems switched on quite as much, as the triple-glazing and the insulation materials in the building's cavities will significantly reduce the amount of hot or cold air that escapes.