Building Technology Update for May 30, 2009
I have been researching for upgrades and retrofits for some of my sites and I of course ran across a whole group of neat things that I just had to share.
The most practical, if not eh cheapest is the wireless control network for building lighting. This technology hold the potential to save a great deal of electricity soon after installation. The product from Adura ( http://www.aduratech.com/) has great possibilities beyond just lighting control potentially evolving into a complete building control solution. There is a great story on Earth2tech (http://earth2tech.com/2009/05/29/adura-is-wireless-lighting-the-way-in-for-building-energy-management/).
Next we have via Inhabitat ( http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/28/philadelphias-solar-powered-trash-compactors/) solar powered trash compacting collection bins being installed in Phildelphia. The advantages are the fewer times they need to be emptied, with smaller fuel bills and less green house emissions for the city.
In Chicago they are doing something that I can’t believe more cities have started. They are replacing the asphalt pavement in their alleys with a permeable paving material. This leads to less runoff that has to be handled by the sewer system and potentially building up the groundwater which can be tapped later. The story is here with pictures on Metafficent (http://www.metaefficient.com/architecture-and-building/chicago-green-alley.html).
Next we have a report via Environmental Leader (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/05/29/with-water-cuts-businesses-could-supply-la-frisco-san-diego/) that postulates that California’s water problem could essentially be solved if all of its businesses took water efficiency and conservation seriously.
Lastly, according to our Nobel Laureate Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu states that if we simply painted or otherwise changed all of the world’s rooftops and streets to white we would seriously offset the CO2 emissions world wide. The reprort is here on SuperEco (http://www.supereco.com/news/2009/05/27/paint-the-world-white-and-chill-global-warming/). As you might imagine there is some skepticism.
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