Archive for December, 2008
Green building technologies
Posted on: Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at 10:11 am
The concept of green building has come out of the need for meeting higher standards of environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. The major focus is upon the resources such as materials, water and energy and attaining of efficiency through these resources. In this way, you will have reduced energy bills and a more comfortable and healthier environment for living. The green building technologies reduce the effects of environment related hazards and ease out the effects on environment and also on human health.
One of these technologies is using the natural daylight designing technology in which a home is built in such a way that day light enters into the home to the maximum extent possible, so that the energy costs are reduced to a great extent and people’s productivity and health is also improved. These buildings are made up of eco-friendly materials like wood, cork, jute, rubber and bamboo, highlighting the entire concept of green building technologies.
Act Green: The Importance of Building “Green”
Posted on: Monday, December 1st, 2008 at 11:23 am
Green building, in other words, the construction of highly energy efficient office buildings, hospitals, schools, etc., may not be as popular in headlines as global warming or renewable energy, but it is no less important in the fight against climate change.
Thomas Friedman outlined the underlying problem in his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. He discussed the importance of switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, recycling, and being as energy efficient as possible. But then Friedman inserts a reality check, identifying several growing cities in Asia. Some small cities in China are booming with population growth, new construction, and with thousands of new cars on the road each week. Any of the progress made here at home with improved recycling and energy efficient light bulbs just went down the drain.
During the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, there must be a strong emphasis on the benefits of training laborers to build buildings and infrastructure of new and growing cities to be highly energy efficient. Without new growth becoming energy efficient, or better yet, having a net of zero emissions, no significant progress will ever be made to fight global climate change