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Green Term Defined: High Efficiency Water Heater

High efficiency water heating can save you a considerable amount of energy each day. There are several systems used to efficiently heat water for usage inside a building. The most common is either an on-demand water heater or a heat pump water heater. Here are several options to...

Green Term Defined: Embodied Energy

What is embodied energy and why should you care? Embodied energy is the total amount of energy required to produce a product. This concept is certainly hard to grasp and even harder to find real data on various products. As our buildings are becoming more efficient the importance...

Green Term Defined: Construction Waste

Construction waste is not talked about much (or at all) in the general public. That dumpster on site gets filled and emptied on a regular basis. Some is sent to a landfill and some gets recycled for a future use. Construction waste consists of those materials at a job site that...

Green Term Defined: Trombe Wall

Trombe Wall is a thermal mass wall that is located within a structure used to absorb solar energy during the daylight hours and radiate that energy back out at night. The trombe wall is not a new invention, it has been used since humans started building structures. A trombe wall...

Green Terms Defined: Energy Recovery Ventilator

An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) is the system used for energy recovery by exchanging the energy contained in air exhausted from the building and using it to treat (pre-conditioned) the incoming outdoor ventilation air in residential and commercial HVAC systems. (So it is...