Truck Terminals Can Drive Big Savings Using Green Design
In the world of truck terminals, incorporating strong renewable materials and efficient placement of mechanicals can support more cost-effective operations for the facilities’ owners.
A few to consider:
Conduct extensive research on the land when building a new facility. Advance research can prevent the acquisition of a site that poses challenges to construction such as the necessity of substantial soil foundation preparation or environmental hazards that require remediation.
Study the blueprints to eliminate unnecessary obstacles or awkward design elements that decrease the efficiency of the facility inside and outside.
Increase space between truck doors to eliminate excessive wear and tear. Additionally it will save the time drivers pend maneuvering into tight spots, increasing a facilities’ overall efficiency and lessening the need for more frequent, smaller repairs.
Add energy-efficient lights in the warehouse and surrounding parking lots. Providing a brighter, more efficient light, lowering electricity costs and freeing up space for additional equipment or travel space aren’t the only benefits. Several Ohio utility companies offer financial incentives through rebate programs.
Incorporate recycled materials such as steel, a resource commonly used in trucking facilities is just as effective in its recycled state. Recycled materials will contribute to possible certification as a LEED building, a certification providing an independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
Materials selection and minor design modifications can substantially increase the life of a new or remodeled structure. Maximize the bottom line by focusing attention on efficient operations.