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What is "Net Zero Energy?"
Net Zero Energy - when applied to a home or commercial building, simply means that they generate as much power and energy as they consume, when measured on an annual basis.
The U.S. Army now has a Net Zero Energy initiative to help reduce/eliminate America's use of foreign oil - particularly oil from muslim/middle-east countries - which saves the lives of our brave soldiers in the military.
What is a "Solar Cogeneration" energy system?
Solar Cogeneration (or simply "Solar CHP")
energy system combines a:
1. Rooftop PV solar panels
2. Solar thermal collectors - which can be one of several types, i.e. flat plate collectors or evacuated tube collectors which generate hot water anywhere from 110 - 120 degrees F. to 170 degrees F. (and higher) depending on the collector type, for the best of both worlds (solar power plus solar thermal).
Solar Cogeneration energy systems provides a significantly higher return on investment, along with higher overall system efficiencies.
Solar PV power generators with 40%+ efficiency
which generate DC electric power in the 500Wp to 30kWp per single
unit, with Solar Thermal Power Generators with
20%+ efficiency, which simultaneously generate hot water up to
1650 F at 1.0 to 20.0 gpm per unit. The
combination PV electricity -- hot water generation converts over
65% of the sunlight falling onto the systems into useful electricity and
= Solar PV + Solar Thermal
Efficient solar power (PV and thermal) conversion system could replace the natural gas and/or electricity used by our customers for heating, and in their day-to-day energy demanding commercial operations.
Solar Cogeneration is a Cost-Effective Solution for Commercial Enterprises including:
Restaurants, Laundromats, Car Wash Stations, Canning and Food Processing Plants, Health Clubs, Large Office Buildings, Semiconductor Fabs, Hospitals, Hotels, Universities/dormitories, Apartments and Nursing Homes.
Solar Cogeneration systems can be installed in new as well as existing facilities and will soon be the accepted standard for commercial customers requiring energy, and located in sunny areas and electric rates are greater than $0.12/kWh. Solar Cogeneration systems will also play a significant role in new "Net Zero Energy" buildings as well as upgrading existing commercial buildings where emissions abatement (reductions of nitrogen oxides, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.) opportunities exist along with incentives.
What are "Sustainable Building Solutions"?
Sustainable Building Solutions negatively impact the planet, people, plants and the climate and start by designing/building a "Net Zero Energy" and includes upgrading an existing building to Net Zero Energy.
Did you know that buildings are the number one source of all greenhouse gas emissions?!?
Sustainable Building Solutions' homes and buildings are designed to last up to 10 times longer than traditional buildings and homes, use 60% to 75% less energy, as compared to traditional homes and commercial buildings. We believe "the future belongs to the sustainable" and why we believe that the "Net Zero Energy Home" and "Net Zero Energy Building" will soon be the norm.
Building Solutions homes
and buildings are virtually:
* Sustainable, and built to last over 300 years!
* Use about 60% to 75% less energy than typical homes or buildings and are also "Net Zero Energy" compliant, which
means that the electricity not used by the building is sold & exported to the electric grid.
* Conserve our natural resources and forests as we Use NO wood, and have high insulation value.
What is Sustainable Urban Living?
To provide an answer to what is Sustainable Urban Living, first requires that we understand the definition of what is the meaning of the word "sustainable" and what is the meaning of "sustainable development."
To be "sustainable" means that we provide for today's societal needs and requirements without taking away resources from future generations. Much like the national debt of several trillion dollars - that keeps growing every year - that is never repaid, and that we are leaving behind for our children, and grandchildren - we need to be mindful of the resources we are consuming today, and do so in a way that does not take away from our children and grandchildren.
"Sustainable Development" seeks to integrate two important themes: that environmental protection does not preclude economic development and that economic development must be ecologically viable now and in the long run. Common use of the term "sustainability" began with the 1987 publication of the World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future. Also known as the Brundtland Report, this document defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This concept of sustainability encompasses ideas, aspirations and values that continue to inspire public and private organizations to become better stewards of the environment and that promote positive economic growth and social objectives. The principles of sustainability can stimulate technological innovation, advance competitiveness, and improve our quality of life.
Sustainable Urban Living creates communities that are in balance and in harmony with the environment that have - as an objective - adhering to the goals and definition of sustainability.
A Sustainable Urban Living also seeks to integrate multi-generations that keep families intact by employing the use of "back-homes," granny-flats, casitas, and ohanas, as a small home in the back yard of the main home, where the grandfather and grandmother might someday retire to, and be near their children and grandchildren. Finally, Sustainable Urban Living communities seek to maximize both economic and environmental benefits that flow from these initiatives.
Goals of our "Sustainable
Urban Living" or "Sustainable Urbanization" business
models and real estate developments
Cities have moved to the forefront of global socio-economic change, with half of the world’s population now living in urban areas and the other half increasingly dependent upon cities for their economic, social and political progress. Factors such as globalization and democratization have increased the importance of cities for sustainable development.
Accordingly it is generally accepted that cities not only pose potential threats to sustainable development but also hold promising opportunities for social and economic advancement and for environmental improvements at local, national, and global levels.
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