Building Envelope & Outdoor Irrigation Tips

No matter the type of business you manage, ensuring your business maintains a tight air envelope will minimize energy leaks and lower your monthly operating costs.

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  • Keep exterior windows and doors closed. Close curtains, shades, or blinds at night to retain heat.
  • Also keep exterior and freight doors or bay doors closed as much as possible. 
  • Seal and pressure test all duct work.
  • Inspect and repair worn or cracked caulking and weather stripping on all doors, windows, and any areas where air leakage could occur.
  • Install drapes, shutters, or window film to prevent heat loss and heat gain.
  • Install low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings to windows. Low-E coating is a thin transparent coating of silver or tin oxide on the glass surface or on a suspended plastic film, which lets short-wavelength sunlight pass through but blocks longer-wavelength heat radiation.
  • Add roof insulation such as a rigid R-30 panels or insulation up to a R-49 value when applicable.
  • Insulate your walls to at least an R-18 insulation value especially if no insulation is currently installed.
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  • Plant trees on south and west sides of the building.
  • Use native plants or other low-water use plants that will thrive in the region.
  • Organize your landscape into hydrozones, which are areas of landscape with plants and vegetation that have similar water requirements.
  • Add mulch to prevent water loss through evaporation in outdoor landscaped areas.
  • Use a weather adjusted Smart Controller and drippers for your irrigation system.
Outdoor Irrigation Tips
For more information on outdoor irrigation systems check out your local water utility.