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Renewable Energy

Energy Solutions for Commercial Building Design

Because there is long-term value in creating more sustainable buildings. You lower operating costs and add value to the property. Not only do sustainable building practices help the environment and operating costs, but green offices also boost productivity and performance, enhance worker satisfaction, and reduce sick leave and absenteeism.

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Why Solar Energy Makes Sense for Your Commercial Building

It’s a good time to consider solar energy. The demand is rising, costs are lowering, and federal and state incentives allow businesses to start saving money as soon as they implement solar panels. Owning a solar energy system allows your company to achieve energy independence, reduce your carbon footprint, and save on utility bills.

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How Building Engineers Are Embracing Green Solutions

Design sustainable buildings using green solutions increases their value as environmental awareness grow throughout the engineer and construction industry. Reducing operating costs and creating safer environments for staff and clients elevates the standards for building design, structural materials, system layouts, retrofits, and ongoing building analysis.

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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 Inefficient or outdated system design can lead to overpayment on energy expenses.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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