Friday, November 1, 2013
Green Construction Technologies
In the previous blog post, we’ve talked about some green construction technologies that earn our praise and support. Here we continue the discussion on a growing area in the construction industry that could well define its direction in the next few years or so. We in Norsteel are happy to play an essential role not only with our range of products and services, but also by generating buzz for some of the world’s breakthroughs in green construction.
5. Geothermal Heating
The race for renewable sources of energy has never been this tight. As the world runs out of fossil fuel, there is a need to explore alternative sources of energy that can sustain domestic needs. Wind and solar power are thus far the best choices, and don’t make the mistake of thinking that they’re no good on a rainy day. Pipes that are laid underneath the ground will not be affected by freezing temperatures, and an antifreeze mixture can be pumped through it to make sure that it can collect thermal energy.
6. Solar Energy
There are two types of solar energy for your home: passive and active solar energy. Active solar energy is probably what you associate with solar power the most: massive solar panels and huge equipment that harvest energy. Passive solar design refers to an interior design that will facilitate solar power for your home. For instance, the windows must be strategically placed so the sun’s rays can pass through. Dark walls will also help in retaining the heat inside the home and regulate the warmth of the interior.
7. Smart appliances
If any of your appliances need replacing, you better choose smart appliances. These appliances are equipped with truly amazing technology, like smart meters that provide real-time data on power use and energy data. There’s even a smart refrigerator that you can program to tell you when refrigerated food is about to go bad. It doesn’t get better than that.
8. A zero energy homeConsidered as the prize of green technology, a zero energy building or a zero net energy building is able to successfully operate without a normal electric grid, relying on renewable energy resources like solar or wind power. And the best place to start? A prefab building that caters to your needs