"Nowadays, energy-saving measures have a faster return on investment"

Ferry Breugem, senior sales manager

Building Energy-efficiently

Saving energy in glass structures

Which measures are most effective?

Investing in sustainability is becoming increasingly interesting and therefore more important due to rising energy prices. But what energy-saving measures are there?

As your 'Knowledge based builder' we are happy to inform you about the energy-saving options for the long and short term.

Saving energy on the short-term:

Make sure that you save optimally with the current resources:

  • Make employees aware of energy use. Easy steps are practical matters, such as keeping doors closed, setting a thermostat and turning off lights on time.
  • Change your heating behavior by adjusting the temperature downwards. In warm departments, for example up to a maximum of 18 degrees. In departments where no heat is required, the heating can be turned off.
  • Control the climate manually, instead of automatically. In the winter months, the vents in the garden centre are closed (manually operated) and when the sun loses its power, the screen cloth is closed, so that the heat remains in the garden centre for longer. Give a little bit of air in the morning because of condensation.
  • Make sure that you make the current installations as efficient as possible:
    • LED lighting instead of fluorescent lighting or traditional lighting.
    • Purchase infrared electric heaters in offices and canteen. This is certainly a good solution when using solar panels.
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Medium-term measures

Make sure you insulate your building better by, among other things:

  • New deck and/or facades, with better insulating values.
  • Draft excluders and other energy-saving measures. Grants are often available for this from municipalities;
  • Apply a horizontal screen to reduce the volume of the building;
  • Check the roof and facade for poly plates and renew if necessary. The best insulation is sandwich.
  • If there is no insulating glass in the facades, make a double wall on the inside. In this way the appearance remains the same on the outside;
  • Insulate drains where possible;
  • Provide draft doors or a revolving door.
Before and after renovation DIY Praxis

Let nature lend a hand

Ensuring that your current glass construction is better protected against heat or cold in a biophilic way

    • Provide deciduous trees against the facade of the garden center. In the summer the tree is a sunshade and in the winter the sun heats the property through the bare trees. Planting ensures that 85% less heat is radiated against your wall or roof.
    • Water collection in a pond/lake located next to the building provides natural cooling
Biophilic construction trees as natural sunscreen

Long term energy savings

Invest in a solution where you are as independent as possible from the current gas

  • Drilling ground for geothermal energy, then you can get rid of the gas between 95-100%. ;
  • The installation of solar panels. Use this generated power yourself as much as possible. You can use the superfluous generated power:
    • Filling an insulated heat buffer tank by day and use it at night;
    • Deliver back to the grid;
    • Store in batteries for later use;
    • Use it for charging stations for cars.
  • Installing an electric heat pump (-55 °C water) If the heat pump is not sufficient, install an E-boiler (– 90 °C water);
  • Using alternative energy sources such as geothermal and wind energy.

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