SAVING THE PLANET
The health of our Planet and our own is intimately connected. Increased greenhouse gases (GHG), caused primarily by burning fossil fuels, threaten to heat the Earth to unprecedented levels and emissions are upsetting the weather patterns so that extreme weather is becoming the norm. We have also introduced thousands of new, man-made chemicals to our environment. And, we have no clue about the long-term impact of these unnatural compounds on our own health or the health of the planet.
At SPG, we are committed to make a difference and reverse these worrisome trends whenever possible. We are aware that buildings contribute more than 50 % of the total GHG emissions already, and…the rate of urban landscape expansion is accelerating. In combining advanced materials, automation and integration, we are able to reduce the building’s emissions and its carbon footprint to a minimum. Don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation. We are ready, anytime, to share our insights and expertise.
It may come as a surprise, but research is telling us that 50% of global energy is consumed by buildings! Yet another surprise: we can reduce the annual cooling energy consumption of a building by up to 47% by installing automated exterior shades. Let’s look at a few numbers. A 482,000 square foot office building with 8 floors, provided with a fully automated shading and lighting control system, would reduce its peak cooling load by 20%, its energy consumption by 24% and its annual cooling energy consumption by 25% a year and save $107,000 per year.
The fact that windows now often make up to 80% of wall surface has dramatically tipped the building’s energy consumption scale. At SPG, it is our mandate to take full advantage of advanced, state-of-the-art technology to deliver high-performing building envelopes by using sophisticated thermal modelling, sensor-driven automation and newly developed textiles. Talk to us early, let’s do the math together, let’s make a difference.