Going green is no longer the latest trend, but more of a necessity among developers and contractors. Washington D.C. has become one of the greenest areas in the country for buildings and many companies and developers are investing more and more to create more efficient buildings.
The Electrical Alliance alone invests over $7 million annually to train the next generation of electricians, upgrading their skills to ensure that today’s increasingly complex electrical systems are properly installed and maintained. But why go green? If you are not yet convinced, here some reasons you should follow suit and start making changes to the way you build.
Building sustainably isn’t always more expensive. While there might be a larger investment up front, the costs in the long run are much less. Green systems and materials reduce your energy consumption, which will reduce your energy bills. They also increase asset value and profits and decrease marketing time.
Sustainable design and technology enhance a resident’s overall quality. And this isn’t a new idea either. According to a 2006 study from the Center of the Built Environment, University of California, green office buildings improve productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.
Implementing green practices into your home, office or apartment complex can help reduce overall waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality and protect the ecosystems that surround your building site. These practices also use 30 percent less water than traditional construction methods. Not to mention, having a green building can influence other green habits once people occupy the building. Your environmental footprint over the course of its lifetime is also going to become much lower.
Take a look at some of the awesome projects that have been done by Electrical Alliance contractors. Just recently in April, RECURRENT and Specified Electrical Systems, LLC, teamed up to save Montgomery County Small Businesses over $300,000 in utility bills by installing the latest energy saving technologies and performing enhanced equipment maintenance. See some more below: