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What Makes a Green Building “Green?”

What Makes a Green Building “Green?”

Today, more and more people are making the switch to sustainable or “green” buildings. But you may be wondering…

Green Building in California

Fortunately, we have some answers!

We’ve broken down some elements of a sustainable building and what makes them different from other structures.

The green materials used

The materials that are used in the making of a building are a big factor in what makes it sustainable. Usually, these materials come from natural, renewable sources that have been grown in an environmentally conscious way. It could also mean they are a local resource, saving on transportation costs and gas emissions.

Energy systems

If a building uses passive solar design such as solar panels, they are considered sustainable because they dramatically reduce the heating and cooling costs of the building. Some other energy systems that green buildings showcase include low-energy appliances, energy-efficient lighting, and technologies such as wind turbines.

Waste reduction

Green buildings incorporate facilities that are used to manage waste such as compost bins, reducing the amount of solids that are sent to landfills. Builders of green buildings also like to reduce waste in other ways by consciously using only the materials needed during the construction process.

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we are proud to be one of the nation’s top green building consultants working in a state that has taken the initiative to be green.

Are you interested in building green in California? Learn more here or call us at 707-578-5380 to find out how we may be able to help!

Carbon Capture Could Turn Emissions Into Building Materials

Environmental scientists have spent decades looking for new ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of human populations, and a revolutionary new technique could turn some of those harmful emissions into useful building materials. Developed by the Australia-based firm Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), this technique captures airborne CO2 emissions and turns them into solid carbonates.… Continue Reading

The Green Materials Market for Building Is Going to Skyrocket in 2015

The Green Materials Market for Building Is Going to Skyrocket in 2015

Everyone’s going green. According to a Transparency Market Research report, the green materials market for building is going to skyrocket from its $106.32 billion value in 2012 to a whopping $234.77 billion industry value by 2019. It’s not difficult to see why the industry is growing at such a rapid pace. With the striking health… Continue Reading

What Does It Mean to Be GreenPoint Rated?

What Does It Mean to Be GreenPoint Rated?

Here at Ricks Energy Solutions, we use the GreenPoint Rating system to evaluate how energy-efficient and environmentally friendly your home is. But what exactly does that mean? GreenPoint Ratings are essentially a system put in place by the non-profit organization based in California geared at promoting healthy, energy- and resource-efficient buildings. GreenPoint Rated houses are… Continue Reading