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Do Solar Water Heaters Work At Night?

While people regularly rely on solar energy to help provide electricity to buildings, many people forego using a solar hot water heater to provide hot water to their business. These very simple units are cost effective to install and are a great way to help reduce energy costs. The availability of hot water can become a concern, particularly on cloudy days or at night. Below, let's examine how solar hot water heaters work, and how they function in periods of minimal or no sunlight.

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The Best LEED Designs for Public Buildings

LEED Certification has become the gold standard in public buildings, and many states are implementing tax incentives to help promote sustainable designs. LEED certification can be applied to both new and renovated buildings. Below, we have put together a list of some of the best LEED-certified public buildings.

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Reduce Energy Load on Your Building with a Green Roof

As urban areas become more populated, heat islands continue to grow, which worsens the effects of greenhouse gases and energy usage. Green roofs are great ways to combat heat islands and can be used in just about any building application. Below we will examine the various types of green roofs and learn about the benefits associated with this fully adaptable roofing option.

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Exploring the Field of Sustainable Electrical Engineering

Typically, the engineer focuses on creating and improving innovative or renewable energy sources for electricity. This can come in the form of new solar power techniques and design, or ways to return renewable power back to the energy grid.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: LEED Accreditation

Many new buildings that are constructed have a LEED-certified label attached to them. Generally speaking, this means that these buildings were constructed with a green building mentality. To be able to do this, the architects and engineers who design these buildings usually carry a LEED Accreditation. Below, let's take a closer look at what goes into a LEED Accreditation and how it can be beneficial.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: What exactly is LEED?

Chances are, you see the words, "LEED Certified" fairly often. It can be plastered on the wall of a building or listed as a benefit for a new structure. But what exactly does a LEED certification mean, and how does a building become LEED Certified? Below we will take an in-depth look at what exactly it takes to qualify as a LEED-Certified building and the benefits associated with LEED.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: How Energy Modeling Can Lower the Cost of Building Operations

When embarking on the expansion of your business, you may be considering constructing a purpose-built factory, warehouse, or office park that will ideally improve productivity as well as support your bottom line. And increasing the bottom line includes ensuring your building is saving you money in energy costs. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering experts at Gausman and Moore will work with the project's team members to build an energy model of your building in the pre-construction phase. This will help streamline the building process as well as help to deliver an efficient and cost-effective property. Gausman and Moore will explain just how will this application help you make the right decisions with your budget.

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How Can a Green Design Benefit Your Business?

Are you considering the possibility of incorporating a sustainable design into your business’s new building? Do you wonder what impact going green may have on the success of your business in the future? A sustainable design that uses renewable energy and other resources does have quite a few advantages.

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Getting Through Tough Design Decisions with Energy Modeling

Creating an aesthetically pleasing building with an energy-efficient mindset can sometimes be challenging. Often it feels as if you cannot accomplish both within the same building. If you start early enough in the design process though, both goals can be accomplished. Relatively new in the field of building design is a process called energy modeling. With energy modeling it is now possible to project what type of energy impact your building will have over a 30-year period.

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6 Tips for How to Save Energy in Your Office

Building owners and/or office managers know all too well how much a space’s energy consumption can affect their bottom line. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that roughly 33 percent of energy used in the U.S. is wasted. As energy costs continue to rise, you’ll want to get a handle on your office’s energy consumption to be green and save money. So whether you’re the building owner, property manager, or occupant, reduce your office’s energy bill and lower its carbon footprint with these six energy-saving tips:

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Green Building Costs

When first developing design ideas for a building, it’s important to understand that everything has a financial value. And conducting a building performance analysis beforehand can help designers understand what decisions can yield a more valuable economic return. Because some building owners have more strict construction budgets, it’s important the design and building process remains within a firm financial budget throughout the project. But how, exactly, is this budget calculated? We’ll give you an inside look at the different cost analyses designers take into consideration when developing building plans.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Net Zero Energy Buildings

According to the State of Minnesota’s recently enacted building energy standard (B3 SB2030) that follows the federal government's Executive Order stating that all new buildings should be designed to achieve zero net energy by the year 2030. But what is “Net Zero Energy”? A Net Zero Energy building produces enough renewable energy to meet or go beyond its annual energy consumption requirements.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Lighting and Daylighting

One of the best energy-saving features to go into a building is sustainable lighting. Lighting typically accounts for roughly 30 percent of a building’s total energy usage, therefore, our electrical engineers design the most sustainable lighting solutions in any commercial facility to ensure optimal energy savings. Our team members are the experts in transforming darkness to light in each of our projects by combining beauty, utility, and efficiency. Together they make something truly spectacular.

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