Originally published on Facilitymanagement.com
It’s no secret that school and hospital buildings use enormous amounts of energy. According to Business Energy Advisor, K-12 schools use 10 kWh of electricity and 51,000 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually, on average. Meanwhile, the average hospital in the U.S. consumes 31 kWh of electricity and 103,600 Btu of natural gas per square foot each year. In both types of facilities, heating and cooling account for much of that energy load.
To help control energy costs, more school and hospital professionals are focusing on high-performance building envelopes for their new construction and building additions. From airtight and well-insulated wall and roof assemblies to energy-efficient windows and doors, getting the envelop right is the first step in optimizing energy use.
To that end, more building owners and operators are looking beyond traditional envelope components to alternative materials with a track record of success, such as structural insulated panels (SIPs).