Several dictionaries define "sustainability" as the capacity to endure. Since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth. This led to a definition put forth by a United Nations' commission that is the most widely quoted today: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
|ZOO Fans' commitment to sustainability is to build high-quality products that are self-funding, noticeably improve creature comfort, and promote a much more efficient use of resources for the benefit of the planet and future generations.|
The U.S. Green Building Council subsequently went on to create the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The USGBC states that "LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance." If you are interested in how ZOO Fans can be an important part of your LEED strategies, view our LEED Points information.
Sustainability has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship-- responsibly managing the use of resources. It is this stewardship of resources for future generations that too often creates expectations of sacrifice and trade-offs.
And why not? It seems there have always been trade-offs between what feels good and what you can feel good about. Better taste or fewer calories. Driving fast or getting better mileage. Turning the heat down or the air-conditioning up to be comfortable or saving energy.
With ZOO Fans, there is no such dilemma--you can achieve both increased comfort and responsible stewardship of energy resources. ZOO Fans reduce your carbon footprint by significantly lowering energy consumption and make your building noticeably more comfortable. That means you can feel good about feeling good!
Let's face it, paying for sustainable practices is probably the biggest single obstacle to broader adoption. Most people support the concept of sustainability. The challenge is finding a way to pay for implementation.
ZOO Fans efficiently generate significant energy savings, which makes payback periods of 1-3 years a very realistic expectation. And they work in hot weather or cold. For example, a distribution center in Virginia runs ZOO Fans on low speed for winter destratification and high speed for summer spot cooling. The savings achieved from ZOO Fans are financing sustainable energy enhancements in high-ceiling facilities around the world--from Black Hawk helicopter maintenance facilities to airplane hangers up to 90' high, firehouses to school gymnasiums, big box stores to grocers, manufacturing facilities to botanical gardens, and the list goes on.
Comfort goes up, heating and air-conditioning costs go down. HVAC equipment runs less and requires less frequent maintenance. Because it runs less, equipment also lasts longer and doesn't have to be replaced as quickly, which reduces costs and lowers the environmental impacts of manufacturing replacement equipment and disposing of the equipment being replaced.
And there are a number of indirect potential benefits. One customer said his employees were so comfortable after installing ZOO Fans that they (finally!) put away their under-desk electric space heaters. A warehouse manager in Florida speculated that the cooler temperatures at the ceiling would also translate into a longer life for his roofing. The facilities manager for a large urban airport told us he was replacing what were supposed to be 3-year lamps in his high-ceiling terminal buildings every 18 months because the heat build-up at the ceiling from stratification was shortening their lives. "Just the money saved on replacing those lamps alone will pay for the fans in 18 months," he said.
The economics of energy conservation are almost always better than those of creating alternative energy sources. Circulating the air you've already paid to heat or cool and directing it to the place where most people live and work--the floor, not the ceiling--is a low-cost strategy for dramatically improving the return on your investment in energy. By creating almost uniform air temperature between the floor and the ceiling, ZOO Fans make it easier (and less expensive) for a space to be heated or cooled. The heating and cooling systems run less to achieve higher levels of comfort, which results in considerably less make-up air being introduced--a significant consideration in the overall cost of heating and cooling.
The IRS offers a tax deduction of $1.80/square foot for decreasing energy consumption in commercial buildings by 50%, broken down and prorated across three areas: Savings of 16 2/3% or more derived from the building envelope, lighting and HVAC systems are eligible for a tax deduction of $0.60/sq.ft.
>> Commercial Property Owners and Leaseholders Qualify for Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction
The good news is that, even without rebates or other subsidies, ZOO Fans will pay for themselves faster than just about any other energy enhancement you can make in a heated and/or cooled high-ceiling building.
It's hard not to like energy enhancements that pay their own way--quickly and comfortably. We are happy to assist you in projecting the economic returns of installing ZOO Fans in your high-ceiling facilities - give us a call!