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  • Commercial Energy Audit to Cut Energy Costs

    Commercial Energy Audit to Cut Energy Costs

    Energy efficiency is a serious concern for businesses.  A commercial energy audit is necessary to help cut costs significantly.  In order to achieve optimal results, a reputable auditor that is vendor and solution neutral must perform the audit.  

    At Scott Henson Architect, we pride ourselves in being or having experienced, honest and thorough auditors.  An inaccurate audit can waste money by installing the wrong energy conservation measures (ECM) or by recommending ECM equipment that is either not suitable for that type of energy efficiency or provides a return that is less than the auditor had estimated in their report. 

    A commercial energy audit is a report that will compare current ECMs and proposed ECMs with advice on how to improve energy efficiency without an unrealistic cost to the business. There is not a generic form used between similar building structures for this audit.  A commercial energy audit is unique and conducted on each building based upon several things, such as building square footage, age of the building, date renovated, purpose of the building, number of floors, daily operating hours per week, number of occupants and existing ECM equipment.  

    A commercial energy audit report will include the current Energy Conservation Methods (ECM), a proposed ECM, estimated annual savings based on the proposed ECM, expected cost of implementing proposed ECM and estimated return of investment.  

    The correct audit report can help a business save money in energy costs by giving advice on where to invest money to improve energy efficiency and estimate the cost of implementing a new ECM. The data collected during an audit can save or cost businesses in the long run.

    Please contact us for questions, concerns, feedback or suggestions.

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  • What to Consider in New York City Storefront Design

    What to Consider in New York City Storefront Design

    New York City, as a place, has a sense of wonder about it. Creativity shines on every corner in the Big Apple, and without a doubt, the place illuminates glamour. Surely enough, this means that mediocre storefront designs can decrease the likelihood of someone looking at your store—much less visiting it. What gives a storefront appeal in New York City, then?

    Vintage City Design

    New York was established in 1788, and wasted no time in becoming the bustling city that everyone knows and loves today. Strangely enough, old-fashioned designs are still widely appreciated in the city. Keeping history alive is an important thing, and locals absolutely love melding historical items with modern-day amenities. 

    The Empire State Appeal

    New York City is loud, it is in your face, and it is bold. The storefronts within the city should absolutely represent these traits by being colorful, eye-catching, and picturesque.

    Visible Product Displays

    How can one enjoy the activity of window shopping if they have nothing to look at? More importantly, what do you sell that people want to buy? New York City storefront design should allow for plenty of the store's product to be displayed. We are in the shopping capital of the country, after all.

    Perhaps the most important thing to consider when planning the design of a New York City storefront is that first impressions are truly everything. The storefront is the face of your store, and needs to be inviting. Additionally, and chances are, that in New York City, your storefront probably holds a lot of history—regardless of how many times it has been renovated.

    Keep history alive and appealing when designing your New York City storefront. Contact me today to discuss your design plans.

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