Green building has become an established and widely used construction strategy as builders and their clients have begun to recognize the far-reaching benefits of creating structures that are designed to minimize waste and consumption. That's why the decision to go green is so relevant when your company expands to a new location. In addition to making the construction process more cost-effective, designing your next building with a green focus can benefit your company long after the project is complete.
One of the most effective ways to guide construction in a greener direction is to integrate innovative technology. An example of a straightforward update for your current building is the inclusion of tankless water heaters. Modernizing how your company's new building heats and consumes water results in multiple lasting improvements for your company. Read on to learn more about the substantial and high ROI that going tankless offers.
Tankless installation requires less labor and materials
Green building is especially helpful for the environment, and for your bottom line, because so many green construction strategies revolve around reducing the amount of materials necessary to complete a project. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on reducing material waste when expanding your business helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, slow the growth of disposal facilities and reduce the total amount of new resources being consumed to bring your project to fruition.
Tankless water heaters help to reduce material waste by fundamentally changing the way the building heats water. Traditional installations require two to three pipes – for cold and hot water – to be run from a water heater to every point of use in the building. Tankless models heat water on demand at the point of use itself, instead of in a centralized location in another part of the building. As a result, your building will only need a single set of pipes to carry water throughout the building. In this way, going tankless allows companies to reduce plumbing material costs by a half to two thirds.
Design perks of tankless water heaters make them ideal for new construction
Tankless water heaters are unique from traditional models in that the elimination of the water reservoir makes new these models considerably smaller than their full-sized predecessors. Builders have more flexibility in design if they know from the start that the facility will be using tankless water heaters – the planning phase doesn't have to account for the bulk of a traditional water heater and that space can be put to good use elsewhere.
"Tankless water heaters are ideal for new builds thanks to built-in compliance controls."
High-performance tankless water heaters are also ideal for new green construction thanks to built-in compliance controls. It's up to the building owner to make sure hand washing stations are set at a safe temperature with reliable heat controls. These controls are often built into tankless hot water heaters instead of needing to be added as a second installation. ,This simplification allows you to better meet compliance without having to add new complications to the construction effort.
Attract new customers by highlighting a newer, greener location
The U.S. Green Building Council pointed out that client demand is among the leading driving factors behind recent trends in sustainable construction. The business case for green building is evident, making it a prudent choice to consider incorporating tankless water heaters into the design of your building. The cost-savings associated with eliminating standby water loss and reducing heat waste that occurs as water travels through the plumbing system goes a long way toward improving the sustainability profile of your business. Use new construction to highlight your company's commitment to doing business in an ecologically-conscious way.