Mondelez International is one of the world’s largest snack companies. Boasting household brand names like Wheat Thins, Oreo, and Ritz, so it should be no surprise to hear that they are continually expanding to new facilities all around the world. Special attention was raised when word got out that they were bringing their cookies and crackers to Monterrey, Mexico, in an effort to construct the world’s largest cookie factory.
After feedback from thousands of parents, teachers, students, administrators and school board members, the North Little Rock School District decided new facilities and more state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students were needed. The North Little Rock School District quickly put together a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to create world-class facilities, which in turn would create successful learning environments. Phase I would be the creation of new schools, and Phase II would be the renovation of existing schools. After careful consideration, it was decided that Seventh Street Elementary would be one of the seven schools to receive renovations during Phase II of the project.
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Building 53 is a new facility added to the existing SLAC compound. It consolidates many of the SLAC onboarding and user support functions into a centralized location. This would allow SLAC to better serve those who utilize the national laboratory complex. The building project is a direct result of recommendations from a 2014 task force charged with improving processes to provide visiting scientists, at SLAC, an optimal research experience.
In the past 10 years, great strides have been made to construct buildings that produce their own power while not consuming any from the grid. These buildings are said to have achieved Net Zero status. In recent years, new regulations and policies were drafted to give owners incentives to commission the design and construction of Net Zero Energy buildings, and the drive gained impetus.
Following on the success of getting Net Zero accepted and adopted by owners along with the design community, the movement has evolved and now Net Positive has become the new goal. Those who are leading this truly progressive change to the built environment believe that the effect could be widely seen within five to ten years.
In today’s real estate markets many commercial industrial building owners and managers recognize the business case potential of energy efficiency retrofits including energy cost savings and operating costs, while reducing a building’s environmental footprint.
The challenge for existing building energy efficiency is to unlock that vast potential and realize the benefits of a built environment that is comfortable, efficient, and cost-effective. Deep Energy Retrofits (DER) that include the envelope are a challenge because of longer payback and upfront investment. Life cycle costing versus First Costs must be projected with ROI (Return on Investment) and NPV (Net Present Value) for a sound business case.