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The Self-Storage Building Envelope: Small Eco-Friendly Steps Help Facility Operators Save Big Money


By Margaret A. Moore

In today’s economic climate, does it make sense to invest in your self-storage buildings by making “green” improvements? Potential savings on energy costs over time make the idea of spending now more attractive, though it’s hard to project exactly what your future savings will be. 

Regulating Air Flow

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leakage through the building envelope is responsible for up to 40 percent of heating and cooling energy costs. An air-barrier system can have a major impact on the energy consumption in the building, as well as potentially qualifying for the §179D deduction.

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