GUEST POST: Warehouse Retrofits to Affordably Go Green

Retrofitting a commercial warehouse has a number of benefits, including reducing the facility’s carbon footprint, increasing the property’s value and lowering the facility’s energy bills. But how can facilities “go green” with minimal investment?

Michael Koploy, manager of the Warehouse Management Systems Guide interviewed architect Sean Canning, supply chain consultant Shawn Casemore, energy consultancy president Dan Gould, and commercial roofing expert Dave Homerding to find just how this could be done. Here are their nine suggestions.

1. Use solar light tubes to increase natural lighting with minimal construction

2. Apply a “cool roof”, a white reflective coating on roofs to reduce heat absorption

3. Upgrade batt insulation to sprayed-foam or loose-fill insulation to increase thermal insulation

4. Replace metal halide lights with fluorescent, induction or LED lighting to cut back on energy costs

5. Shift lighting scheme to focus on natural light & task lighting to reduce usage

6. Program thermostats to minimize cooling and heating cycles

7. Deploy daylight and motion sensors to reduce light usage

8. Deploy destratification fans to circulate air and reduce energy usage for heating

9. Participate in a demand-response energy program to get paid to cut back on energy consumption

For more on these retrofits, check out: 9 Warehouse Retrofits to Go Green and Reduce Energy Consumption.

Photo: USACE Europe District

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  • Great piece of info! May I reference part of this on my site if I post a back link to this webpage? Thank you & Keep Posting!!

  • Please do!

  • Great tips indeed. The way commercial warehouses are isolated and huge in size,they can consume a lot of energy and it is important to follow this guidelines.

  • Excellent tips. We recently upgraded the insulation in our warehouses and realize how important that point is in saving costs.