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A Green Dream

May 13, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

When building your dream home one must consider a variety of issues that were not relevant just a few years ago. In this sluggish economy there is increased emphasis on efficiency in everything, including construction. Today’s dream home will have to enjoy the optimal level of energy efficiency, in some cases having no dependence at read the article »

Radiant Floor Heating and The Many Benefits It Provides

May 11, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

Thermal Comfort: Buildings equipped with radiant heat systems have interior environments that are highly favourable to human thermal comfort. Unlike many systems that directly heat the air, radiant floor heating gently warms the surfaces of objects in the room as well as the air itself. The warm surfaces significantly reduce the rate of heat loss read the article »

Green Architecture: Benefits of Thermal Energy Storage

May 9, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

There has been an increase in interest in energy independence in the past 50 years. However, only recently have people started practically applying renewable energy to building and architecture. The primary cause for this interest in alternative energy is due to the increased oil prices over the past few years. These increasing energy costs have read the article »

How to Make Your Home Greener: Helpful Tips

May 6, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

No matter the state of the economy though, our planet continues to feel the impacts of climate change, global warming and poor energy consumption practices. And, while saving the planet may seem secondary to saving money – we’re here to show you that keeping a greener home is not only good for the environment, but read the article »

Thermal Cooling in Schools

April 29, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

The district earned the Central Florida ASHRAE Chapter Institutional Building Technology Award for its 450,000-square-foot campus, which features a “high school as a small town” design concept drafted by SchenkelShultz architectural firm. The facility features three academic neighborhoods, an administration and media civic center, athletic and dining facilities, and a performing arts town center clustered read the article »

Evaluating Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

April 25, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

Once all the insulation has been installed and air sealing is completed, the building needs to be tested to make sure that it performs as designed. This step typically identifies areas where insulation has been missed, air sealing is insufficient, or mechanical systems are not functioning up to specs. A zero energy house scores 0 read the article »

Thermal Energy Explained: Green and Clean

April 8, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

Studying physics is all about studying the interaction between matter and energy. As you go deeper in studying these two entities, you realize that matter and energy are in fact just two sides of the same coin. As modern quantum field theory and nuclear physics reveals, energy and matter are inter-convertible. Energy manifests itself in read the article »

Build for a Greener Future with Green Schools

March 11, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

North American governments have shown great enthusiasm about building green weather it’s private residences or public institutions such as schools, universities or collages. In the United States and Canada, numerous sources of funding for green building are available at the national, state and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations and nonprofits. However, with the read the article »

Green Schools are Great for the Tax Payers and their Kids

March 3, 2011 | Posted in Home Improvement

Despite our people’s greatest efforts our schools remain heavy consumers of energy and are constructed using materials that can potentially be harmful to kids in the long run. The government has been slow in upgrading the facilities that shape our future generation and appears to be indifferent to the school’s rabid consumption of energy and read the article »

Build Green and Save The Green in Your Wallet

February 28, 2011 | Posted in Reference & Education

Building green homes is a growing worldwide movement with the purpose of saving the environment but more importantly, money. For years we’ve been hearing about the dangers of global warming and the deadly consequences of doing nothing. Highlighted, most notably by the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth” where he uses extensive statistical data as read the article »