Both logistics service operators and large corporations are working to ensure their supply chain operators are sustainable. Retrofitting older, inefficient warehouses is a great place to start.
How can this be done affordably? Oftentimes, tearing down warehouses and rebuilding facilities to meet sustainable-energy standards is probably the best option for the environment. Oftentimes, however, it’s also the least affordable and unrealistic when one also takes into account the lost ability to perform services.
Step-by-step retrofits are more affordable and result in little down-time. But which warehouse improvements should be made?
In a recent article over on the WMSG site, four experts were ask about the best, affordable warehouse retrofits. Here are some of their favorites.
Sean Canning, LEED AP and owner of 10|70 Architecture believes that solar light tubes are a great option for these facilities. These light tubes, or light pipes, bring natural light in to the facility and decrease the need to waste energy using traditional electric light fixtures to create ample ambient lighting.
Supply chain consultant Shawn Casemore suggests a great alternative for those that want to cut usage but not invest in their facilities — join a demand-response group. These groups develop energy-conservation plans for participants to enact with grid-demand is high. In return, participants receive a stipend for participation and for when they’re asked to reduce their consumption.
Dave Homerding, Marketing Manager of WeatherSure Systems suggests applying some quick-fixes to facilities’ roofs to reduce heat absorption. One option is applying a coat of reflective paint, or a “cool roof,” to cool the facility. Homerding even suggests focusing on areas around A/C units to reduce their temperature and thus reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the building.
Dan Gould, President of Synergy, suggests replacing inefficient metal halide lighting with fluorescent, induction or light-emitting diode (LED) light fixtures to cut back on energy consumption. For those willing to invest more into their facilities, small solar panels or wind turbines can be placed on the warehouse grounds to generate ample energy for the facility.
You can read more about these and other retrofit suggestions from these experts over at 9 Warehouse Retrofits to Go Green and Reduce Energy Consumption. What are other ways to affordably retrofit warehouse facilities? How can these facilities utilize renewable energy systems in the warehouse? Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in the comments!