Author Archives: Guest Contributor

Schools Utilize Energy-Efficient Lighting Systems for a Brighter Future

October 3rd, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Most people associate a school or classroom atmosphere with outdated incandescent, overhead lighting. Classrooms often have few windows, to prevent students from becoming distracted during school hours and to help older heating and cooling systems remain efficient. However, this type of building design is outdated, and many schools are beginning to realize the numerous advantages from using natural light, lighting controls and more energy efficient lighting fixtures

Energy Independence Begins with Home Solar Power Storage Systems

July 21st, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Energy independence is a growing trend in the U.S. Most of the time it refers to America’s need to transition away from dependence on fossil fuels that are imported from around the world. Thanks to increased opportunities for solar financing, energy independence are now easier and more affordable than ever to install a home solar system. If you’re thinking about taking it one step further and declaring complete independence from the traditional power grid, it’s essential to have a reliable power storage system.

Monolithic Domes Offer Sustainable and Near Perfect Disaster-Resistant Buildings

July 7th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Sometimes, the best technologies are the ones that are largely developed, but have yet to be widely embraced. An excellent example is the monolithic dome technology. A building technique that is faster and more materials efficient than traditional methods of building, yet produces a structure with enviable energy efficiency, low maintenance and near perfect disaster resistance.

Green Building with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) Part Two

April 13th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

This is the conclusion of Building with SIP series. Builders and potential home owners have the initial perception that SIP buildings are “kits” that you buy out of a catalog of predetermined designs and plans. This is not always the case. The home shown here are from a home built by DS Construction, a general contractor in Lake Tahoe, CA. We built a home using SIPs which were designed for conventional construction practices

Green Building with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) Part One

April 11th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP) homes are extremely energy-efficient due to their high R value which is a measure of thermal resistance. The higher value of R is better. SIP homes also include tight envelope and minimization of thermal bridging. Join us in Green Building with SIP series with Dan Sheehan, an expert on home building and construction

Building Earthquake Resistant Buildings is Best for the Environment and the People

February 24th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

The tragic earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, has left much of the city in ruins, killed more than 75, and left hundreds missing. Even as survivors continue to be dragged out of the rubble, and survivors reel in their shock, it's worth looking forward to how the city might be rebuilt to better deal with disasters like this in the future. Building for disaster resistance might be expensive today, but in the long run it is the very height of environmental and fiscal responsibility, as it prevents the great waste and expense of having to rebuild later

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