Mar 16, 2021
Experts are paying more attention to energy efficiency in new construction projects. This is due to the dramatic rise in energy prices across the globe and a growing concern about climate change. Many highlight concerns stemming from transportation; however, commercial buildings are actually the greatest consumer of energy in the US. The top energy-consuming building categories used about half of the energy consumed by all commercial buildings in 2012, and they include shops (15%), offices (14%), education (10%), healthcare (8%), and lodging (6%). Different building types have unique energy needs, but as a whole, space heating accounted for about 25% of the total energy used in 2012. 
Electricity and natural gas are the most common energy sources used in commercial buildings. Most individual buildings have their own heating and cooling systems. However, there are district energy systems that supply heating and cooling to groups of commercial buildings. When many buildings are close together, such as in a city, having central heating and cooling plant that distributes steam, hot water, or chilled water to multiple buildings is sometimes more efficient. District energy systems may also produce electricity along with heating and cooling energy. District energy systems generally use fossil fuels (coal, fuel oil, or natural gas), although some use renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind energy).
What’s a Net-Zero Building?
New net-zero technologies allow improved energy efficiency practices, cutting costs and reducing environmental impact. Additionally, renewable energy sources are being implemented in buildings of all types. These lessen dependence on fossil fuels, lowering operational costs and reducing carbon footprints. These developments have produced the concept of the net-zero energy building, which is a type of building using the latest energy-saving technology, like smart lighting systems, and produces in a year the amount of energy a traditional building uses during the same period. Listed below are ways net-Zero buildings conserve energy:
Future of Net-Zero Buildings
Net-zero building principles can be applied across industries and construction projects. Industrial, commercial, and residential buildings can all be optimized for energy efficiency and on- or off-site renewable energy. There’s great diversity in the application of renewable and efficient technologies. This varies by building type, size, local climate, architectural styles, and more. The Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (DENREL) pushes for affordable net-zero energy homes and commercial buildings. Its goal is the mid-2020s, putting current construction projects with net-zero principles ahead of the curve.
Syrma: Smart Building Supporter
Our team cares about conserving energy and other resources. Over the years, we’ve designed and manufactured many products that can be used for smart buildings, like smart water meters. For example, we recently built a smart system that allows people to operate their lights, such as turning them off remotely or dimming them, via a mobile app. We also built an uninterruptible power source (UPS) system that provides buildings with backup power for modems during outages.
This system allows companies to monitor their service remotely and send alerts when a battery is running low. We’re excited to be manufacturing eco-friendly products, as well as for being certified as a Green-Rated Supplier on sustainability by one of our primary clients, a leading international electronics corporation ranking among the Forbes Global 500. Several of our other clients have been likewise impressed with our strong environmental record, indicating that they want to do more when it comes to helping preserve our environment.
Backed by 40 Years of Expertise
We contribute our 40 years of design and manufacturing expertise spanning multiple diverse markets. We look forward to discussing how we can deliver world-class products for OEMs across the globe. We understand our home Indian market, familiar with its vast regulatory and selling environments. We foster growth opportunities within India through our strong technology incubation ecosystem. We also assist global OEMs in entering the Indian market by leveraging the local supply chain and favorable operating environments for cost reductions.
Our flagship Chennai location opened in 2006 and lies within a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for electronics manufacturing, offering economic incentives for imports and exports. This primary facility is within 90 minutes of the Chennai seaport and 20 minutes to the international airport. Additional road and rail connectivity links to the rest of India and beyond and infrastructure advantages with faster import and export clearances. We also have labor force flexibility, both technical and manual, to scale to demand rapidly.
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