Keeping Your Commercial Retail & Office Building Cool
Whether your commercial pole building is a fully enclosed retail space, a storage warehouse for product inventory or a production facility cranking out widgets daily, you want it to be a comfortable place for your employees or customers to be. People who are not overly familiar with post-frame or pole buildings are sometimes concerned with how climate control should be approached as opposed to brick and mortar buildings. But as a leading post frame commercial builder, we know this topic inside and out. With summertime on the near horizon, let’s take a look at keeping your structure cool in the summer heat.
The Mid-Atlantic States usually top out around 90°, but with that warmth comes sometimes brutal humidity. The climate in your area will dictate whether air conditioning is an absolute must, or whether a combination of natural breezes and industrial fans will do the trick. Also consider the commercial pole building’s purpose. A warehouse storing files and documents may not need the constant cooling that a retail showroom would likely demand.
LAYOUT/SIZE OF SPACE
The floor plan of your commercial pole building will have a great deal of say in how you go about cooling things down. In a production or storage building, you likely have taken advantage of pole buildings’ ability to enclose large open spaces; if your building is used for office space or mixed use, you may see the interior space more broken up and compartmentalized. How your structure is designed has a great deal of influence on how you go about keeping it comfortable in hot weather.
INSULATING FOR CENTRAL AIR
If temperatures and humidity reach the point where air conditioning is simply a must, you’ll want to make sure you insulate your pole building properly. Horizontal planks, or girds, placed bookshelf-style between the posts of the outer walls create pockets that will hold insulating material as well as provide support for drywall installation. Ceiling insulation can be handled with a standard drop ceiling approach, creating a space for spray-foam material, or with lightweight insulation stapled between the roof trusses.
If you’re building a new retail space or storage facility, talk to your sales consultant at Conestoga Buildings about the advantages, ease, and budget-friendliness of pole barn construction. Contact us today to get the conversation started!