Near my office they’re building a new motel. From the shape of the wooden framework, I think it’s a Holiday Inn Express or one of its competitors. The frame is all wood. That’s the conventional way of thinking otherwise known as the status quo.
Meanwhile, Green Lodging News reports that one material offers substantial energy savings over others:
Hotels built with concrete wall, floor and roof systems that incorporate rigid foam insulation with concrete, have optimal energy performance because of their inherent thermal mass properties. Thermal mass has the ability to store heat during the hottest periods of the day and release the heat during cooler periods. This means building owners can lower heating and cooling bills. Hotel guests within these structures are more comfortable because the inside temperature is more evenly maintained throughout the day.
If you’re planning on building an office, warehouse, or other building, be sure your builder is up to date on the features and benefits of materials that are energy efficient. Don’t settle for the status quo, especially when you can save money by using state of the science materials.
For more info, check out the U.S. Green Building Council.