Sixty percent of U.S. commercial buildings were constructed before 1980. Retrofitting them for energy efficiency is essential to achieve the Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office’s (BTO) goal of halving building energy use by 2030.
Goals such as increasing a facility’s sustainability take a different spin for new construction and renovation projects. Although any building—new or existing—can strive for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the approaches to feasibly achieve that goal change based on the building.
Whether a developer is constructing a new facility, or an owner wants to update an existing building, plumbing choices come into play. Yet, the plumbing decisions for new construction versus renovation can be different based on priorities, objectives, and practicalities.
Given most employees spend the majority of their time on individual tasks, phone calls, and conversations in their workspace, the workplace should provide them with speech privacy, comfort, and freedom from distracting noises.