Posts made in March 2019

Building Green in 2019: Office Design Trends Changing Top Companies

2018 was a record-breaking year for Massachusetts. The state was ranked first in energy efficiency and increased power savings by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in their 12th annual report. A feat that we are proud to be a part of at Pope Energy.

Now, as we look forward to the future, we can all be taking steps forward to an even greener future, especially in office building design.

Here are a few green office design trends that are changing top companies for the better:

Glass office building with sunlight coming in and green treesPrefabricated construction

Prefab materials have become the norm as offices use demountable partitions for daylight access, ventilation and flexibility while also cutting down on drywall and the waste it adds to landfills.

Prefabricated materials can ship finished to the building site, eliminating the volatile organic compounds (VOC) and air quality issues related to conventional drywall and finishing.

Distributed energy systems

Top companies are incorporating renewable energy sources and smart energy systems into both existing and new buildings. Distributed energy systems (DES) are at the core of this trend.

DES is a new term that describes an array of energy generation, monitoring, storage and control solutions, covering electricity, heating and cooling. Not only is DES good for the planet because it reduces carbon emissions, but it’s also good for companies’ bottom line, as it reduces overall energy costs.

Net zero buildings

To help with the battle against climate change, a growing number of companies are choosing to build net zero buildings, which generate all of their energy needs from clean (non-carbon-emitting) sources.

At Pope Energy, we’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve and work with our clients and state officials to combat climate change. We excel in developing and constructing commercial and large-scale solar photovoltaic projects for builders and property owners in Massachusetts.

Give us a call today at 855-767-3363 to learn more.

U.S. Energy Storage Expected to Double in 2019

Companies and municipalities around the country and the world are constantly pushing the green energy movement forward into the future, offering innovation and inspiration for renewable energy and technologies this year.

U.S. energy storage in 2019

Green energy concept with solar panel and batteryIn 2019, energy storage in the U.S. is expected to double.

Supported by new policies, technology, and start-ups in this burgeoning field, the landscape for battery storage is increasingly diversifying, with large-scale utility units being used on bigger projects and storing more megawatts than ever before.

What is perhaps the most exciting part of this all is that residential and commercial batteries—batteries that could support a household—have become more powerful, with bigger outputs and more capabilities. This means we could soon find ourselves with the ability to store energy at a scale large enough to power our homes for a significant period of time.

On that note, the figures going forward are promising.

U.S. energy storage in 2020

After doubling in 2019, energy storage here is then expected to triple in 2020, demonstrating that this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Each year, more states are changing their regulations to allow batteries, albeit at pilot levels, to enter their energy markets. Strong performances here could convince lawmakers and consumers alike that these batteries can go beyond pilots, and become a real player in the energy industry.

In other words: energy storage is here to stay.

Whatever the news may be, we here at Pope Energy are keeping tabs on the newest innovations in the market, to offer customers the best products and services available.

To learn more about energy storage, batteries and solar development, contact us today!