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How to Design Your Commercial Building to Be Energy Efficient

Now more than ever, architects, construction contractors, and commercial property owners are looking for ways to use alternative fuels and power sources to power their buildings. It’s no secret that utility prices are increasing at an alarming rate, and alternative sources of energy are becoming extremely popular, especially as we discover more ways to integrate them into our daily lives. 

If you’re a commercial property owner and you’re looking to build a commercial building that is energy efficient, you’ve come to the right place! At Neenan Archistruction™ in Colorado, our architects and contractors can work with you to maximize efficiency when creating your building. Continue reading below and reach out to our team to get started on your commercial construction project!

Begin the Project With a Sustainable Mindset

As commercial building projects become more and more complex, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the goals from the beginning. When you’re looking to create an energy-efficient commercial building, it all starts with having a sustainable mindset. This means that every decision made during the design process should take into consideration how it will impact the environment.

Our team at Neenan Archistruction™ understands the importance of beginning each project with a sustainable mindset. We take into consideration things like the location of the commercial building, what materials will be used, how the building will be powered, and more. By taking all of these factors into account from the start, we can work with you to create a commercial building that is not only energy efficient, but also sustainable.

Add Smart Lighting Systems

Lighting accounts for a large percentage of commercial buildings’ energy usage, so it’s important to be strategic when choosing lighting fixtures and systems. Incandescent bulbs are no longer the best option, as they are very inefficient and use a lot of energy. Instead, when we design our commercial buildings, we design them using LED bulbs that both last for a long time and are energy efficient.

In addition to choosing the right type of bulb, adding smart lighting systems to your building can greatly increase your efficiency. One prime example of a smart light system includes lights that turn off automatically when there isn’t motion in the room or area, which can save a lot of energy. By using these types of light fixtures and systems, we can help you create an energy-efficient commercial building.

Increase Natural Lighting

In addition to adding smart lighting systems, another way to make your commercial building more energy efficient is by increasing the amount of natural light that comes in. This can be done in a number of ways, including adding more windows, skylights, or reflective materials to the exterior of the building. Not only does adding natural light help reduce your energy usage, but it can also create a more pleasant and productive work environment for your employees.

Build Up Rather Than Out

When commercial property owners are looking to expand their buildings, they often think that the best way to do so is by building out. However, this isn’t always the most energy-efficient option. When you build up instead of out, you use fewer materials and energy overall. In addition, if you build up, you often have the opportunity to add more natural light and increase your commercial building’s efficiency.


If you’re interested in learning more about our education building design process, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Neenan Archistruction. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have or provide you with additional information. Contact us today in Colorado to get started!