Mezzanine floors are a great way of reducing energy costs in warehouses and other industrial buildings through the creation of smaller workspaces, that minimise the area that needs heating and builds a space that retains heat more effectively. Within the current economic climate and where we find the country entering an energy crisis, everyone is looking to see how they can keep these spends down.
Even with the government promising a cap on energy prices to businesses so those costs aren’t as devastating as they could be, it is still around double what it was last year, and the cap is only fixed until March 2023 at the moment. This is leading companies to look at how they can make savings as well as provide employees with more comfortable working environments.
What is a mezzanine floor?
Mezzanine flooring systems are an additional flooring between the main floor and the roof of a building, commonly associated with maximising the available footprint of a business’s property, allowing companies to utilise their space more effectively without a costly relocation or major structural changes. A mezzanine is installed within the building and doesn’t usually require any planning permission, merely building control or to be built in accordance with the most up-to-date building regulations as they are considered a temporary installation and can be moved when necessary.
Most recently, they have been seen as a cost-effective way to adapt a large existing space to enclose trade areas, workshops, or other business activities that could benefit from being warmer for employees. Heating these spaces can be very difficult with basic inefficient roofs that generally aren’t well insulated and big doors that are opened at regular intervals to receive and despatch goods.
How can mezzanine floors help a business be more energy efficient?
1. Reducing the area that requires heating
A mezzanine floor reduces your energy costs by constructing a smaller space for employees to work in. This minimises the heat needed but also reduces this area from exposure to the elements when the doors are opened.
2. Increasing heat retention
Creating a smaller enclosed space that only needs opening when necessary means heat doesn’t escape when things like roller doors are opened for deliveries or to load vehicles for despatch. Buildings like warehouses are not generally designed to be well insulated which means there is a lot of heat loss through areas like the roof and larger doors for access. The partitions that enclose the underneath of the mezzanine reduce this overall heat loss. Installing a suspended ceiling further increases the insulation and reduces the heat loss meaning heating or cooling won’t have to run for as long.
3. Usage of energy-efficient HVAC solutions
The new enclosed area under the mezzanine will potentially require separate heating, cooling or heating and cooling, and possibly ventilation. This is something to consider and discuss with the supplier. Selecting the appropriate solution for your space is key to reducing installation and lifetime running costs.
4. Avoid additional CO2 emissions and moving costs
Creating additional spaces within your current building means that your expanding business will avoid the CO2 emissions as well as other associated costs with finding or doing a design and build project – thereby saving energy for the company as well as being more environmentally friendly all around.
Having your mezzanine floor installed with some energy considerations such as light reflective surfaces or LED lighting will also help your construction to be even more energy efficient and reduce your overall carbon footprint.
Other benefits of a mezzanine floor?
They boast many benefits, as not only do mezzanine floors provide a more comfortable workspace that is more efficient on your heating and overall energy spends, they can also provide other solutions to make greater use of your space for expanding office space or extra storage. As they are extremely robust, a mezzanine floor can even have heavy machinery operating on it, freeing up shop floor space. The process of manufacturing, supplying, and installing is incredibly quick, which means nowhere near as great a loss to the company of valuable time and resources than a move could potentially use. Often the installation can take place around the normal function of the business for minimum disruption.
Reduce energy costs with a mezzanine floor from Advantage
Selecting the right partner when transforming your space is key, there are a lot of elements to consider, and achieving your goals within your budget will be essential. With many years of experience and hundreds of satisfied high-profile customers, we are specialists in helping businesses design the perfect mezzanine floor solution. Our team of experts, will work closely with you and guide you from design through to installation ensuring your new energy-saving mezzanine is fitted to specification and with minimum disruption to the day-to-day running of your business, so you can begin saving on your energy bills.
Get in touch today to discuss your energy-saving mezzanine floor plans, and chat with one of our trusted expert designers for the best advice.