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Renewable Energy

How Life Cycle Cost Analysis Benefits Your Building’s Efficiency

Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) can give building owners insight into the efficiency of their buildings. While the upfront cost of owning a building is quite obvious, operational costs can quickly exceed expectations. To allow owners and managers to develop the most efficient and cost-effective operational planning, life cycle cost analysis is critical. At LKPB Engineers, we know how important it is that your business operates at maximum efficiency, which is why we perform extensive LCCA. How can life cycle cost analysis ensure operational efficiency? Read on to find out.

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How a Building Energy Audit Can Reduce Your Energy Consumption

If you’re looking to cut energy usage costs, a building energy audit can help save you money. Inefficient or outdated system design can lead to overpayment on energy expenses. At LKPB Engineers, our expert team can analyze your current system and provide suggestions for improvement. By optimizing the energy-efficiency of your facility, you save on energy costs while reducing your environmental footprint. We offer the following services to help you reduce energy waste and optimize system performance:

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Building Power Distribution Design Enhances Your Electrical System

With the rising cost of building energy in the US, you owe it to your business to find smarter ways of consuming electricity. LKPB Engineers design advanced power distribution systems that offer high performance and low maintenance. We can inspect your current systems to determine what upgrades we need to perform to save you money down the road. Below is a summary of how building power distribution design can enhance your electrical system.

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Solar Energy Update: Why You’re Missing Out

Commercial solar energy has reached unprecedented heights over the last decade. Although there are still some concerns with homeowners (namely cost), there is no question anymore that solar panels and other components are a strategic choice for business owners. Many Minneapolis and St. Paul companies have already made the switch. LKPB engineers have served many of these businesses. We have helped them find sustainable energy solutions while saving them thousands of dollars in utility costs. Below are reasons you should join these other companies in embracing solar energy for your business.

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What You Need to Know About LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The system was devised to foster a market shift toward sustainable building design. As an LEED certified company, LKPB Engineers emphasize using LEED-approved methods for making your building more energy-efficient. There are substantial benefits and rewards to becoming LEED compliant including saving money on energy costs, building repairs, and property maintenance over an extended period.

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Should Long Winters Affect Your Building’s Architectural Design?

Building engineers have to contend with the climate when designing a commercial structure. Temperatures, humidity, high winds, UV rays, and natural disasters determine how a floor plan will look, the type of systems installed in the building, and the materials used for assembling the structure from the sub-level to the top roof. Thus, long winters affect how we approach every project. You can expect a typical Minnesota cold season to last from October to March. A winter this long should influence every decision you make when erecting your commercial property. Below are a few of the details you should think about.

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5 Energy-Saving Solutions for Your Commercial Property

Every year your company is wasting thousands of dollars in energy costs brought on by inefficient systems. We work with large-scale businesses just like yours to find out where you can maintain all of your systems to help sustain them. LKPB engineers can change all of that with cost-saving solutions. Below we feature some of our most effective solutions. If you have any further questions, you can contact us. We'll go over all the details.

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Engineering Green

Green energy and sustainable buildings are a constant design goal for many professionals in the building design and construction industry. According to the Solar Energy Industries Associate (SEIA) the United States has installed approximately 2 Giga Watts of solar photovoltaics in Q1 of 2017. This brings the total watts of solar photovoltaics installed to approximately 45 Giga Watts in the United States. The use of photovoltaics to produce electricity is a growing industry that provides clean electricity for homes, businesses and communities throughout the world. Many photovoltaic installations provide localized electricity generation to off-set the use of utility electricity. (http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight)

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