When moving to more efficient power options, building owners and operators are often faced with difficult decisions deciding what to do with existing gas-fired heating systems—especially in colder climates. (Learn more about building electrification.)
In a featured article in the latest issue of Chief Engineer magazine, ESD, now Stantec Practice Leader for High Performance Buildings Andrew Lehrer says incremental steps toward building electrification can help keep costs down for building owners and operators looking to reduce their facility’s carbon footprint.
According to Lehrer, building electrification can play a major role in the fight against climate change. In “Wield the Power to Electrify Your Facility,” Lehrer says while 100 percent electrification may not be possible for all building owners and operators, a significant impact can be achieved through a hybrid approach. He says retro-commissioning of existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems can significantly reduce the energy demands of buildings.
In addition to a significant reduction in operational carbon emissions, Lehrer says such retrofits can increase the value and marketability of these buildings setting them up for long-term viability.
Andrew Lehrer freely shares his experience and ideas through articles and interviews with industry publications as part of fulfilling ESD, now Stantec’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
For more information on how our engineers can help with your project, reach out to ESD, now Stantec’s High Performance Buildings Engineering team.