What Are the Benefits of LEED Certification?

The acronym LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This program assesses a building design, from conception to completion, in terms of energy efficiency, air quality, water usage, and the choice of building materials. It also addresses the environmental factors, including access to public transportation and responsible use of land.

The program itself is sponsored by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Projects that participate in the program are awarded certification based on different certification criteria. With each of the criteria, different points are awarded -Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80+ points).

Why LEED Certifications Are Beneficial

Obtaining LEED certification demonstrates environmental responsibility and responsible building practices. Not only can this boost the building owner and contractor’s reputation, but it also provides the fra

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Going Green Makes a Lot of CENTS

You’ve likely heard the term “going green” and why it’s good for the environment. But what about the dollars and cents aspect? There are any number of reasons why building and business owners should invest in energy-efficient upgrades in their multi-family properties.

First, bear in mind how much LESS efficient older structures and related appliances and systems are compared to newer ones. Let’s take the example of a Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) system on but one of your properties. Older buildings often have older HVAC systems with Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings of only 6-11. Conversely, a new building, or one with an upgraded HVAC system, has a SEER rating of 15-20 – or more. And energy savings = cost savings.

* As an advertising tool. Being seen as a developer interested in “going green” will reap dividends as you’ll be seen as being environmentall

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5 Home Energy Areas To Consider

When most home buyers look for a house, of their own, they consider many factors and considerations, including whether it meets their needs, in many ways, and is affordable, for them. When considering these economic factors/ considerations, very often, little attention, is paid, to the continuing costs of utilities, especially for heating, air conditioning, and electric. As a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in New York State, for over a decade, as well as a homeowner, and an investor in a few rental properties, I have come to recognize and realize, it’s very important, essential, and relevant, to pay keen attention to energy costs and considerations. This article will, therefore, attempt to briefly review, examine, consider and discuss, 5 specific areas of a home, which may have a significant impact.

1. Windows and Doors: Energy studies often indicate, perhaps, the largest loser of energy, in most homes, is via, the windows and doors. We often refer t

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30% Of Energy Used In A Commercial Building Is Wasted Because Of Inefficiences

This statistic as published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is staggering. The energy wasted is due to inefficiencies primarily in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (MEP). If your business is in manufacturing the energy wasted can be significantly more due to the waste heat generated which is often exhausted to the atmosphere. Facilities that operate 24/7/365 such as resort hotels, hospitals, municipalities, institutions, etc., can have a tremendous energy spend as well.

That is why a 15-Step, staged Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Process is recommended to maximize results. Similar to the approach as recommended by the EPA’s Energy Star Program which accounts for the interactions of all the energy flows in a facility. Each stage includes changes that will affect the upgrades performed in subsequent stages, thus setting the overall process up for the greatest energy and cost savings possible. Perfect examples are how the lighting affects the h

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Title 24 Compliance Now Heavily Influences Policy Worldwide

Since the 1970s, California has led the way in building and energy efficiency policy. Being Title 24 compliant isn’t only good for California, it brings new services, technology, and products to market that the entire world benefits from. The power of being title 24 compliant is further amplified because California is the fifth-largest economy in the world (recently passing the U.K.)

During the 1970s, ecology and energy conservation concerns were mostly either ignored or a hotly debated political subject. This was long before ‘green friendly’ was a widespread concept. But even then, California was a true leader concerned with the state’s skyrocketing energy consumption and the unlikely ability of the energy infrastructure to keep up with demand.

The California Title 24 Effect

The California Building Standards Commission created Title 24 in 1978. Throughout the years, it has been updated with increasingly robust efficiency

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Decoding the Ductwork Design Process, Methods and Standards

Today, one of the significant objectives in MEP engineering design for HVAC design engineers is to improve energy efficiency, maintain air quality and thermal comfort. Energy efficiency, air quality and comfort in a building depend on how heating, cooling and air distribution systems are designed and this is where careful ductwork design plays a significant role. Ductwork and HVAC system design are important as it ensures indoor air quality, thermal comfort and ventilation. If the HVAC system and ducts are not designed accurately, it could lead to poor air quality, heat loss and make the conditioned space in the building uncomfortable.

The primary function of the ductwork design system is to ensure a least obtrusive channel is provided through which cool and warm air can travel. When designed accurately, HVAC air distribution systems will play an important role in countering heat energy losses, maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) and providing thermal comfort.

To unde

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Tips for Saving Energy in Residential Homes

Are you like most homeowners that want to save money on your electricity bill? If you’ve been seeing your prices rise, it may be time to make a change and figure out just what needs to be done to lower your energy costs. Conserving energy isn’t just about the money savings, though – you can reduce the carbon footprint of your household by adopting some of these practices and using these tips for saving energy in residential homes.

Turn off Lights

Some people have a habit of turning lights on and leaving them on even when they aren’t in the room anymore. If you’re one of those people, you may want to curb your habit and start turning the lights off when you’re not using them. Only turn them on when you need them and turn them off when you aren’t using them. Home electricians suggest making use of natural light coming into your home, opening the curtains wide.

Use LEDs

A residential electrician on Mornington Peninsu

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Energy Star Appliances

By purchasing energy star appliances consumers are doing their part to live a green lifestyle and preserve the environment. The energy star label is not placed on all appliances. It is a specialized label that was created and developed by the Environment Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy for specific appliances that are made for home use.

An energy star label is a small label and it can be difficult to find on some appliances. The label itself is white and blue and has a simple design. It consists of a blue star and the words “energy star.” It is important for all concerned consumers to look for the label when purchasing new appliances. If the label cannot be found most sales people are knowledgeable on which appliances meet the energy star specifications.

The environmental energy star specifications are rigorous. They are meant to find the best products that are efficient to use and earth friendly. Each product is tested for its

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Home Energy Audit, Visually Inspect Your Home For Energy Savings

Whether you are a “do-it-yourself” home energy auditor or a seasoned professional, learning about a home from an initial visual inspection is an important tool during the energy audit of your home which can highlight energy saving opportunities. The visual inspection is the first indication of where to look for flaws in the homes construction. Recognizing and understanding construction flaws will allow successful, energy saving retrofits.

The Visual Inspection of a Home Energy Audit

During the visual inspection, important information will be gathered that will help direct your energy saving efforts.

1. What construction materials were used.

This includes window, door and exterior siding type. Also includes insulation and interior wall covering materials. Are the windows metal framed with a single pane of glass? Is the interior wall covering made of drywall or lathe and plaster?

2. How the floor, walls, and roof were put together.

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The Benefits of Having an Energy Star Certified House

For two decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing energy-efficiency in homes. From this, the Energy Star in new homes was conceptualized. It aims to prevent pollution of the air while at the same time giving homes the much-needed adjustments towards energy efficiency.

For home buyers who are on the hunt for their dream homes, it is very important to look for Energy Star compliant homes. While the prices may be higher than homes established right before its implementation, buyers are guaranteed to save along the way from the prices slashed on energy costs.

And because going green is an in thing, those who invest in Energy Star homes are also assured of profits when they choose to sell them.

New construction homes are also required to follow new building codes. These requirements are also in line with the energy-efficiency methods prescribed by EPA.

How about appliances that you’ll be putting in your new homes?

You

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