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Green Buildings Could Save More Energy than is Consumed by ALL Cars

We spend a lot of time talking about greener power and buy cialis us greener cars here at EcoGeek. It just seems like that's the obvious place to start work. Cars burn billions of tons of wow)) soft levitra tablets gasoline, and greening the grid greens everything that consumes power.

But a report put out by the tri-national (US, Canada and Mexico) Commission for Environmental Cooperation has determined that building greener buildings would do more for the environment than any other single measure.

According to the viagra best price report, which has taken the last two years to cialis generic overnight state united compile, technology that is real cialis without prescription already available and being implemented across the world could reduce the amount of CO2 produced by buildings by 1,800 megatons per year. That's roughly the amount of CO2 that was produced by ALL CARS AND PLANES in North America last year. There is no other way to decrease our CO2 emissions faster, more significantly or more inexpensively.

Buildings produce the largest piece of the CO2 pie, at 35%. This energy is consumed both in the building phase (8% of CO2 emissions come from the cialis online shop prodution of concrete) and throughout the lifetime of the building's operation. At the fore of lifetime energy use is heating, ventilation and air conditioning, while lighting, water and appliances eat up energy as well.

The crazy thing is, this isn't unproved, still-in-development technology. These technologies, making climate control, lighting, heating and appliances more efficient, are available now. But only 3% of buildings in America currently use these technologies. The report indicates that widespread adoption and retrofitting of older buildings will be necessary but, in the end, not prohibitively expensive.

Looks like we at EcoGeek need to spend some more time talking about buildings...because this is pretty exciting news.

Via TheDailyGreen

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glad ot hear, Hank
written by Daniel Bell, March 17, 2008
I figured this out a while back and canadian viagra and healthcare decided the thing to do was to dedicate my life to green buildings. I now work at a residential green building company in Berkeley. So I look forward to the best site buy now levitra seeing what cool eco-geeky building stuff you post.

small technicality
written by Robbert, March 17, 2008
One thing you should take into account is the average life cycle of buy cialis where a building, versus that of a car. The great majority of cars are replaced within 10 years. most buildings tend to last several decades at least.
As such, This means if we go all-out, theoretically eco-friendly cars can dominate within say 5 years. while it will be 20 to 30 years before new eco-friendly buildings form the majority housing or office-space.

This doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Just that we shouldn't bet on one horse.
Response to Robbert
written by Daniel Bell, March 17, 2008
Have you ever heard of remodeling or retrofitting? This represents 90% of the potential. Indeed, we won't get drastic reductions from both cars and buildings. The proper reaction isn't to throw up our hands and admit defeat. Its to train inner city kids on how to weatherize buildings to create jobs, pathways out of poverty, and ecological transformation.
written by Daniel Bell, March 17, 2008
Should read: We won't get drastic reductions in our economy unless we deal with both cars and buildings.
written by Magnulus, March 17, 2008
This makes me kind of depressed (because I live in an old building that's probably not seeing any retrofitting for a looong while) but at the same time happy, because I was thinking about this just earlier today, and I was thinking that when the time comes to get a house of my own, I want to make it as ecologically sound as possible.
Now, I just have to hope for a major Hollywood contract straight out of my bachelor's in three years... Likely!
energy efficiency is key
written by Adam Beazley, March 22, 2008
This so true and there are so many things people can do to their own homes to cut their energy bills by well over 50%. Simple things, from replacing windows, appliances, installing radiant barrier, better insulation and using CFL's or LED's.
The list goes on and on...

When you say green everyone always thinks "solar panels" or "wind turbines", but people dont think about efficiency. Im a LEED AP and I always tell my clients that every dollar spent towards efficiency will save 10 on alternative energy. In other words, you may need a $100,000 solar system to meet the daily dosage cialis needs of just try! levitra blood thinner your home right now, but if you spend $5,000 on energy efficiency, you may then only need a $50,000 solar system.

Learn how:
written by Hans Noeldner, March 22, 2008
I think we should talk a lot more about PEOPLE choosing to live green - or not, and less about whether some building or car is viagra alternative more green.

A Ford Expedition with eight people commuting to work in it is more "green" than a Prius with one commuter. A 5,000 square foot McMansion with three families living in it is a lot more "green" than a 1,500 square foot LEEDS certified vacation home that is used a few months a year by somebody who flies there from San Fransisco. And so on.

It all comes down to lowest prices viagra "per person" - which is to say, how effectively we choose to share.
written by Frances, March 24, 2008

From their website "The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings accessible to everyone within a generation."

If you are in the Design or Construction industries, study and sit for the LEED certification exams!
written by Brian, March 24, 2008
Retrofitting an existing building will drastically reduce it's energy use. My wife and I bought a home built in 1976. We've insulated the attic, installed a 16-SEER variable speed HVAC system, tankless hot water, replaced a couple windows (will do more as money allows), efficient lighting, etc. During the heating season, we are seeing a 15-25% decrease in energy usage; during the cooling season, we see 50-60% decrease in energy usage.

Based on my experience - I totally see how energy efficient retrofits can save massive quantities of CO2 and for very minimal costs. We have a single story home that's just shy of 2600 sq ft. We have ~$1000 in insulation, $1500 in the tankless,$6600 in the HVAC system and about $1000 in windows - so we've invested about $10K in energy efficiency and we save in the neighborhood of $1400-1500 per year on if you include water and energy savings from the low-flow toilet replacements, ultra efficient dishwasher, rain sensor and energy star fridge, so the savings are certainly there to pay for itself - it just takes educating and some dedication.

We're still continuing to improve the efficiency of our home... improving ventilation in our attic with continuous soffit vents, looking at a front-loading washer and have two new windows sitting in the garage as I type this (and will eventually replace the other 20 windows).

Question on Car Manufacturing
written by Wayne, May 05, 2008
To Whom This May Concern,
I have been tasked with ascertaining how much CO2 / carbon emissions are produced when manufacturing a new car. Is there a formula for working this out, give that a car is made up of the following:
Steel – 59%,
Iron – 13%,
Plastics – 8%,
Aluminium – 7%,
Rubber – 4%,
Glass – 3%,
Other Nonferrous – 3%, and
Other – 3%.

Give that the buying real cialis without prescription above car weighs 2 tonnes (2000 kg), how much by way of CO2 / Carbon Emissions are produced making 1 kg of this vehicle, any formula to help work this out would be appreciated, regards
If I give you the answer
written by BillinDetroit, May 21, 2008
Will you give me your paycheck?
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Green in "S" Town aka Seattle
written by jim, July 20, 2008
You see alot of smart buildings in Seattle. Waterless toilets. Grey water cisterns of building roofs. Skylights to heat the inside air. Rooftop gardens to recycle rain water, since Seattle gets a little rain every year.
Pacific Northwest
written by Eco Home Plans, August 04, 2008
The pacific northwest seems to be the most eco conscious area in the U.S. We're thinking about moving our operations up there from Arizona. Places like Seattle seem to be a lot more receptive to the eco movement and seem like a good place to set up shop.

Charles Precht
Sustainable Design

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