According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the year 2000, the aviation sector was responsible for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation sector (or 1.7% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions from the global economy as a whole). As incomes continue to rise around the world, air travel is also expected to increase. Some estimate that global aviation traffic will continue to rise by roughly 5% a year.
In order to answer this, let’s have a short recap on what BPI stands for. The Building Performance Institute, or BPI, is an organism certifying energy efficiency efforts or energy audits in a house. For any individual working in this field, a BPI training and thus certification is a proof that knowledge and competences have been verified by an independent third party. BPI then oversees everything related to residential energy efficiency, home’s energy flow and energy conservation. Read the rest of this entry »
Before going into detail about the LEED Green Associate accreditation, let us quickly remind you, as we already went through it in previous articles, what LEED is. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification, providing guidelines on the development of sustainable buildings. There are several ways for an individual to be certified and recognized as a LEED expert and the LEED Green Associate accreditation is the first step, the one that will open you the door. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night I attended the Clean Energy Connections event sponsored by SolarOne and Acre, entitled The Other Debt Ceiling: Using Finance to Balance Our environmental Budget. It was a good discussion on a disheartening topic; basically nature provides us with an endless list of services and resources that we use to produce goods, yet when we price these goods, we do not accurately account for the services and resources provided by nature. Instead, we bring a product to market as cheaply as possible in order to make the greatest profit in the shortest amount of time. The result, we destroy our environment for short-term gain.
Hospitals in the U.S are known to be among the largest consumers of energy. They are open 24 hours, have hundreds of people living and circulating in the buildings everyday and in addition to the usual systems that AC, Heating or Ventilation, they require high energy consumption machinery such as Refrigeration, Sterilization or Medical devices to run all day. Hospitals come third, only after food service and food sales, in terms of consumption of energy. But the energy consumption is not the only problem Hospitals currently face, water consummation and waste management are issues that Healthcare facilities must consider and resolve. Such high consumptions could persuade some of these hospitals to take actions and lean toward the LEED certification model.
In an industry that keeps growing exponentially through continued investment and financing from both private and public funding, the search for quality and recognition will be necessary for the future. Even a medium sized solar system which generates around 815 kWh a month, and cost around $10,000 and has a lifetime up to 30 years, is a major investment for most homeowners. So how does the industry guarantee quality installations across the board for different markets and applications? The answer is the NABCEP Certification, a nationally recognized credential to that indicates an installer has the experience and knowledge to perform safe, effective work. It is not a mandatory certification, but is increasingly becoming more valuable as it demonstrates that you have a qualifying level of solar PV training and thus are competent in the field.
Cities are resilient; they test the fate of time, enduring through a multitude of disasters. These can come in the form of natural disasters, disease epidemics, economic perils, or ecosystem destruction. While the countries and empires throughout the world been redrawn, great cities remain. These aspects of the city are true today, even in the United States.
In the video, Home Comfort Pays for Itself, Larry Janesky explains how an insulation improvement costs $7500 on average but saves 35 percent of the typical 2,200 sq. ft. home’s $3714 heating and cooling bill annually — or about $1300. Based upon these numbers, he projects payback of the initial investment in 6 years.
If there’s anything we discovered last century then it’s that everything begins in our mind. Einstein’s thought experiments might have a lab today but he himself brain-stormed his way into the genius category. Bubble-baths, classical music and whatever else he did to re-enter the underground of his psyche are all just an indicator of where to really look.
The United States is poised for a major transformation in how it gathers, distributes and uses energy. Not surprisingly, the way in which the country educates its workforce must also be altered to handle this transition. As conventional energy sources become more costly in both economic and environmental terms, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries are accelerating.
The nation possesses a tremendous diversity of renewable energy resources and a solid base of clean energy companies through which to exploit that potential.
These companies are offering innovative, well-paying jobs, but are often not always able to find enough skilled workers to satisfy demand. In order to fill these positions, a system of education must be developed that utilizes existing skills, emphasizes job readiness, and is backed by industry certifications.