KAOD IS intrigued by the notion that the choice to reuse a client’s current asset in a new way could also be an educated intentional choice to benefit the environment and reduce a client’s energy demand. In many cases, the inherent lower costs of renovating have often driven a client in the direction of reusing even a marginally salvageable building. KAOD has been inspired to look at future renovation and reuse projects as opportunities to show the client how their reuse project could benefit them operationally in the long run and also give them the satisfaction of participating in a sustainable project. As KAOD looks back at how projects have been conducted in the past, we can see how we could have obtained information related to energy use in the initial state of a building and easily compared it to post-renovation information. This seems to be the most immediate and simple method of illustrating efficiency related accomplishment. KAOD is curious to find other simple and yet strong methods to support this argument.
In the meantime, if you are interested, the May T. Watts Appreciation Society has put together a simple website http://www.thegreenestbuilding.org/waste.html with a calculator that helps determine how much energy it takes to create a new building versus renovating an old one. The information is very compelling. Should you be looking to make smart and practical decisions about a project with an existing facility in the upcoming year, please give us a call. We are eager to use our experience in challenging projects of this type to help you move your organization in a direction that promotes your continued success.