Sustainable Kitchen Design

With the green movement continuing to impact how we live and preserve our environment for future generations, the foodservice equipment manufacturers have tremendously improved their equipment with the latest technologies and renovation in response to sustainability demand. Going green with smart kitchen design and replacing conventional cooking equipment with innovative equipment are no longer an option, but we must learn to adapt to changes in order to better serve our customers.

Smart design and layout of a commercial kitchen will result a significant influence on the functionality, construction and operation costs, which architects, engineers and owner operators continue to search for solutions to simplify the complexity of the food service industry. Careful planning and research is required in order to ensure cost efficiency and avoid cost overruns. Tam-Interiors’ objective is to simplify this complex industry by providing the clients our expertise, experience, and the latest trends and information in food service that will produce profit to food service operations. email us

A few factors we used to design a functional, costs effective, energy and water efficiency and to simplify the cook line with new and innovative equipment such as:

  • Induction cooking that will reduce time and energy
  • Replacing convection oven and steamer with combi oven
  • Reduce number of fryers and/or efficient fryers that will result in lower gas bill
  • Utilize ventless equipment when applicable (exhaust hood is not needed)
  • Pizza oven that does not need to be under the exhaust hood

Budget planning by allocating funding in “smart design & equipment” that will save the operators money on operation and construction costs are high priority during our design development phase. With features listed above, we are able to reduce the length of the exhaust hood that will result in reducing the construction cost, and eliminate unnecessary cost on additional equipment and installation.

In addition, we also can provide sustainability calculation on foodservice equipment that will help the architects, engineers, and owner operators: to increase LEED points in foodservice equipment on LEED projects, to save the owner operators on utility bills through energy efficiency and reduce water consumption, and the ease of operation maintenance years after.

Hard Facts

A few hard facts on energy consumption in commercial kitchen:

  • Commercial kitchen found in restaurants, hotels, and institutional facilities consumed three times more energy per square foot than other type of commercial buildings
  • Energy costs typically account for 25 – 30% of total operating expenses
  • Food Preparation, water heating, and refrigeration combined represent nearly 60% of total energy use
  • Kitchen ventilation systems account for nearly 75% of the HVAC load
  • Many equipment are eligible for rebates from your local utility company. You can contact us for a list of qualified equipment for rebates.