Looking to not only improve the security of your building, but also save on energy costs? Look no further than prefabricated vestibules, which offer a cost-effective solution to several different problems.
Vestibules Create Buffer Zones To Reduce Energy Loss
If your commercial building has a primary entry space of 3,000 square feet or larger, you are often required to install a prefabricated vestibule at those doors. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Vestibules reduce the infiltration losses (or gains) from wind and stack effect by creating an air lock entry.”
This buffer zone isolates your conditioned areas from outdoor temperatures so when visitors enter your building, conditioned air isn’t lost and your HVAC doesn’t have to work as hard to compensate for that loss.
Work Closely With Your Developer
There are some exceptions to the vestibule requirement. Once again, according to the U.S. Department of energy, vestibules are not necessary in the case of:
- Revolving doors
- Doors not intended as main entrances
- Doors used for the entry of vehicles, personnel, or materials
- Doors that lead to a space of less than 3,000 square feet
- Doors that lead directly to a dwelling
Work closely with your developer to ensure that you are following correct building codes and to find out if you will benefit from a prefabricated vestibule.
Prefabricated Vestibules Are An Affordable Option
Prefabricated vestibules are an excellent choice to help your building save on energy and building costs. They are built off-site and brought to your building ready to install in less than a day. That means you can get back to work sooner and your entrance won’t be out of commission for weeks. In addition, there is no annoying construction debris and dust to clean away.
You can also customize the vestibule depending on your needs with features such as high-security locks, interior lighting and lighting, custom paint jobs and more.
At Porta-King, our experienced team of engineers and designers are also available to help you find the prefabricated vestibule option that works best for you.