As warehouses become more sophisticated, they are starting to serve as hubs for high-tech tracking, repackaging and quality control testing. Extra activity pushes the demand for energy, which impacts the bottom line unless tightly controlled.
While the more inventory turns over the better, productivity drives up energy costs, which can account for at least 10 percent of your company revenue. Reducing the intensity of lighting and HVAC demand complements other cost-cutting strategies.
EDGE predicts how building orientation and the materials for the roof and façade provide a better indoor environment for products and people. Energy-efficient lighting, skylights and occupancy sensors further drive down costs. Refrigerated warehouses benefit from high-efficiency cases for goods and a well-insulated building envelope. Spacious roofs are perfect for solar installations on any type of warehouse, particularly in sunny climates.