Roadblocks to Sustainable Building Energy

Roadblocks to Sustainable Building Energy

Understanding what is holding back sustainable building energy will allow key decision-makers to make the necessary changes for continued progress.

Despite the long way renewable energy technology and sustainable building energy has come, there are still several roadblocks slowing its adoption in the commercial construction field. Companies and other major decision-makers either recognize problems that still exist or hold misconceptions about the again relatively new technology of renewable power. Schneider Critical Systems remains dedicated to providing energy management and commercial facilities solutions to our customers. However, there are considerable barriers that must be acknowledged and addressed to continue the progress of sustainable building energy.

Cost Misconceptions

When it comes to putting these sustainable building energy technologies in place, the upfront costs can make businesses wary of moving forward with its installation. Renewable energy technologies are inexpensive to operate, given that the energy sources are free (wind, solar, etc.), and maintenance needs are minimal. When companies or the financial institutions backing the projects see the high initial cost of construction, they balk at the staggering figures in front of them. A larger loan or investment on their end makes them perceive installing on-site sustainable building energy equipment as a risky business move with little promise for its returns.

Companies need to recognize that if they consider the lifespan of their construction project, renewables are the least expensive energy source available in the long run. What’s more, the initial costs for putting sustainable building energy generation systems in place have decreased considerably in the past few years, further lowering the barriers to entry.

Site Locations

The common sources of natural gas, fossil fuel, and nuclear power are coming from centralized power plants and distributed to nearby cities. Employing sustainable building energy technology and sources creates a decentralized alternative. The idea of using microgrids to power buildings offers a practical and reliable source of energy, but challenges still exist regarding the siting and delivery of energy produced. Whether on-site or not, sustainable energy generators like photovoltaic panels or wind turbines need further considerations on land use, environmental impact, permitting, etc. Allocating the appropriate space for its development can incur more challenges, costs, or otherwise derail the construction project.

Another challenge is upgrading the existing buildings or power distribution system to use sustainable building energy. Especially for locations with off-site but local renewable energy generation systems, plans to update the infrastructure are needed on how to support sustainable power getting delivered and used by the current consumers.


Although the scientific community, along with the energy, construction, engineering, and several other industries, have found ways to improve the commercial use of renewable energy, these sources are still a relative newcomer in the conversation about power. Coal and nuclear energy technologies are more established and hold a large share of the current market. While the movements are generally in favor of cleaner energy, there is no denying the difficulty of competing with the well-known and mature non-renewable energy sectors. The idea of enacting sustainable building energy technologies at a widespread scale requires current policy reworks, available expertise, and willing investors. Compared to the established non-renewable energy players, sustainable energy is lagging in those supporting areas.


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