Keeping Your Commercial Retail & Office Building Cool

commercial pole building green street growersWhether 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.

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.

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!

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