How to Build an Energy-Efficient Green Warehouse

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Energy-efficient green warehouses are equipped with solar panels on their vast roofs, plenty of windows to provide natural lighting and geothermal underground energy systems. Understand how large buildings can be energy-efficient with information from the executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice in this free video on green energy.

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Energy efficient warehouses are becoming more and more common place in the market due to the need to come up with cost savings for very large footprints and very large structures that are becoming more and more expensive to either heat and cool or to maintain. Some of the techniques that are being used involve of course different types of renewable energy. Warehouses have lots of roof space, which enables them to be retro fed with solar panels which are easily placed on the roof with large amounts of surface area to generate electricity. Geothermal, underground geothermal energy systems where well fields are drilled in the ground to create basically a heat pump are often used as a way to provide the very effective cost saving renewable energy for a large structure. A lot of university campuses are going to this practice as well because of their large academic buildings. Also windows, windows, windows, lots of lighting. I know security can be an issue in lots of warehouses so skylights, lots of transparent or translucent materials in roofing material. They can also be water tight or at higher elevations so that sunlight can be brought in through that type of lighting, particularly during the day while those warehousing operations or transportations are taking place during the daylight hours can reduce the energy bills significantly. Of course the tried and true method of replacing lighting in these structures with energy efficient lighting like LED's and the combination of passive solar lighting or even using solar panels to store energy during the day for lighting at night are other ways that warehouses are finding an opportunity to green those facilities.

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