As part of its commitment to combat climate change and build a healthier environment, multi-national technology company Apple announced its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy.
Scientific research, best practice guidelines, and certification systems can help design/construction professionals sidestep building failures while delivering high-performance buildings. When inexpensive solar panels are added to the mix, buildings that produce as much energy as they use are actually within reach.
Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction.
An unglazed, transpired solar air-heating collection (TSAC) system has greatly improved the energy efficiency of a Cambridge, Massachusetts senior housing neighborhood. The Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Apartments benefited from the technology, which integrated aesthetically, seamlessly, and cost-effectively within its architecture.
For construction specifiers making client recommendations when moving to a renewable energy system, photovoltaic (PV) solar power can be a daunting challenge. This is especially the case when one only considers the impressions of earlier years that do not reflect today’s economic picture.