A strong argument is made here for investing in higher upfront energy-saving design costs in order to enjoy large and continuing returns from lower utility and maintenance costs. The article notes that most major office expenses involve electricity to run lighting, air-conditioning and equipment such as PCs, printers and copiers and discusses some of the latest environmentally sustainable design (ESD) elements that have emerged to control these expenses, including:
- Glass walls, double glazed with special laminates to let in light and keep out heat and sound;
- New lighting designs including the use of motion sensors that automatically dim or switch off lights when no one is around; and
- A trend away from dropped-ceilings with companies opting instead for higher ceilings that bring in more natural light and proudly expose colorful ceiling pipes.
Source: Anonymous, The Bangkok Post; Feb 25, 2008