Eco-friendly structures are more than a growing trend in the construction industry. Green construction has many obvious benefits including reducing our carbon footprint and energy consumption and creating durable structures that can stand the test of time. Another added benefit for construction professionals is that green construction jobs are a tremendous opportunity to work on lucrative projects in a rapidly developing area of construction.
Before contractors can begin working on renewable energy projects, they need to first understand the basic design concepts that are being successfully implemented on projects worldwide. In this three-part article series, our Memphis contractor lawyers will discuss many of the concepts that are being utilized to create everything from the most impressive, LEED-certified structures in the world to smart homes in your neighborhood. In this first section, we will discuss two common cost-cutting technologies that can lower your electric bill through the use of sunlight.
The most widely talked about form of solar energy is photovoltaic-powered materials. The most common example of these types of devices at work are roofing panels located on homes; however, this technology that generates electricity directly from sunlight is becoming implemented on a grander scale and will continue to be utilized more and more in groundbreaking futuristic mediums. From solar canopies that reside on skyscrapers in our metropolises that create “green cities” to smart car designs and even smart roads, the future of photovoltaic designs is extremely exciting. For example, one solar-powered structure that is sure to inspire is the BMW Welt in Munich which features a massive photovoltaic rooftop that produces over 800 kilowatts of solar energy.
Adjusting Lighting Systems
Although bay windows and structures that utilize a lot of wide-open window space are always welcome in eco-friendly designs, there are times when tenants require artificial lighting. One longtime problem with artificial lighting is that much of its output is wasteful energy. The two most common ways artificial lighting is wasted is when lights remain on uselessly for long periods of time or when additional lighting is used unnecessarily during daylight hours. However, there is a solution to this problem. Sensor-operational lighting systems can gauge how much daylight is entering a room and adjust accordingly. Similarly, lighting systems that utilize motion detection technology ensure that the lights are switched off when people leave the room for longer periods of time.
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