Everyone knows that its cool in the shade and trees can reduce energy costs if placed correctly. It’s popular to plant evergreen trees on the Northward facing walls of a building.
Plants and Vines located next to a hot south or west side wall can help insulate a building from the hot temperatures of the sun in the summer and winter months. Planting shrub and tree barriers can also direct cool wind from entering buildings by reducing cold drafts at entry points.
Your End Goal
The end goal is to use trees that are designed to meet your end goal, for example if you are trying to block hot afternoon sun from heating the south side of your building a well thought out design should take into account the types of trees for that goal that can offer building owners the benefit of reducing energy costs and improve the efficiency of water.
Planting The Right Type of Tree
When planting trees, it’s best not to plant evergreen trees, but deciduous types on the South or West side of a building since the shade created by evergreens will block the warm winter sun that otherwise help warm a building in the cooler months of the season, and this also helps shade a building in the hot summer months. Planting low dense evergreen shrubs along the edge (one and half-two feet away from foundation) of a buildings foundation will help improve the exterior building insulation.
The Angles Make a Difference in Your Commercial Landscaping
The angle of sunlight is lower in the winter months improving the suns solar exposure allowing heat to enter the building through the south and west facing windows. If trees exist in these areas, best practices include pruning away dense vegetation from this side in winter months, allowing sunlight to enter these exterior spaces.
A Property Assessement Can Make All The Difference
Keep in mind that every property is unique in its own way, and there are no exact design principles that will conform to every situation. A certified professional arborist can conduct a property assessment of your trees to determine the appropriate planting and pruning locations that offer the benefits of both energy and water conservation for future years to come.
What steps can i take?
Call a professional arborist that recognizes the performance standards and has the proper credentials adhering to industry standards.Schedule a FREE assement of your Landscaping or call (408) 275-1200
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