Electrical infrastructure is becoming increasingly complex as technology continues to advance. From smart devices and renewable energy sources to wireless networks and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the demand for more sophisticated power systems is growing. As such, it’s important that contractors and building developers take into account the future needs of their projects when designing the electrical infrastructure. Here are three reasons why you should plan ahead and future-proof your electrical infrastructure before you break ground.
REASON 1: Long-Term Cost Savings
As consumer demands for electricity continue to increase–and as New York City in particular starts moving toward the construction of all-electric buildings–the need for high-capacity infrastructure has never been greater. By planning for future energy requirements and upgrading to advanced components, you can avoid expensive retrofitting and maintenance costs down the line. Furthermore, incorporating modern electrical systems during the construction phase can significantly reduce operational costs over time as the latest electrical components tend to be more cost-effective.
REASON 2: Enhanced Energy Efficiency and Reduced Carbon Emissions
With ever-increasing pressure on the construction and manufacturing sectors to become more eco-friendly, the most up-to-date electrical components are typically the most energy efficient. Future-proofed electrical infrastructure promotes energy efficiency by reducing power consumption and waste, leading not only to decreased operational costs but also to greener, more sustainable buildings. This is especially important in New York City because of Local Law 97, which will require NYC buildings to greatly reduce their carbon emissions starting in 2024. Installing updated electrical systems now will make it much easier to comply with these tightening standards.
REASON 3: Improved Safety
Investing in quality materials now will ensure that your project meets all safety requirements regarding electricity usage both now and over time. High-grade components have a much longer life expectancy and contain safety mechanisms to prevent dangerous situations from occurring. Additionally, planning for more capacity and demand than you currently need will ensure that your systems won’t overload due to excessive demand. This will help keep your building safe now and in the future as usage requirements change.
Taking a proactive approach to electrical infrastructure is essential for contractors, engineers, and building developers alike. By planning ahead and investing in future-proofed components, you can save money, reduce carbon emissions, and improve safety while also making sure your project is ready to meet the demands of the future.
At Tri-Power Electrical, our OHSA-trained technicians not only understand how to install your electrical infrastructure safely and effectively, they can also help you anticipate your future needs to help you avoid disruptions and costly upgrades in the future. We’d love to hear from you. Contact us today to discuss your infrastructure needs.