Green Is Good

While we all want to save the world by being as green as possible, we can also save money and ensure that our investment is sound if we own environmentally friendly buildings.

The astounding fact is that buildings account for around 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and life-cycle analysis shows that 80-90% of these emissions are generated during a building's operations. Building owners are now beginning to realize the cost and operational benefits of "Going Green." Among the advantages are enhanced brand reputation from occupying a green building, lower operating costs from reduced energy and water consumption, and improved productivity and reduced absenteeism from higher quality indoor environment. More and more municipalities and other government agencies are providing incentives and paybacks that can help off-set infrastructure investment.

You've Got Options

  • Roof Leaks Fixed Fast Commercial Solar Power Systems
    As a result of rising electricity prices and the U.S. business energy tax credit, commercial solar power systems have become a cost-effective choice for businesses across the country. You can reduce your energy costs, add immediate value to your business, and produce your own clean power by installing a commercial solar power system.

    Commercial Solar Power Benefits

    Hedge against the rising cost of electricity - avoid the rising costs of electric power from utility companies.
    Obtain tax credits and rebates - the new U.S. business energy tax credit covers 30% of the cost of a commercial solar electric system.
    Sell power back to the utility - in many states, you can sell your excess power back into the grid.
    Generate clean power - power from the sun produces no pollution or emissions.
    Gain power independence - rely completely on your own generating capacity, and not on a utility company.
    Ensure reliable power - enjoy uninterrupted power to your business during power outages.
    Demonstrate your environmental responsibility - show your customers and the media that you are focuses on socially responsible business practices.
  • Roof Leaks Fixed Fast Daylighting systems deliver the benefits of brilliant, natural light to both new and existing buildings, allowing you to switch off artificial lighting during daylight hours and thus significantly reduce your energy costs and consumption. The most advanced technologies are used to actively capture daylight from the rooftop and transfer it through 99.7% reflective tubing and deliver it to the rooms below.

    Daylighting Systems:

    - reduce or eliminate the need to use electric lighting during the day
    - provide amazing levels of natural light for better working and living environments
    - give a reduction in cooling requirements by eliminating the heat gain generated from electric lighting
    - suffer virtually no heat loss or solar gain
    - offer greater security than traditional skylights
    - are easily installed into existing buildings or newbuild, and ideal for modular buildings
  • Roof Leaks Fixed FastReflective Roof Energy & Maintenance Savings A "Reflective Roof" is a light colored roofing system that reflects the sun's heat and damaging rays and readily emits any absorbed solar heat. This lowers the roof and building temperatures while protecting the roof from sunlight degradation. Ordinary dark roofs can get very hot baking in the sun - up to 190°F. A Reflective Roof can drop the roof temperature down 50° to 70°F, with a major affect on energy demand and roof longevity. Energy savings have reached as high as 40-50%, though more typical savings average about 20%, with a simple payback of a few years.

    While the energy savings are a definite benefit, the maintenance benefits can be even more substantial. Dramatic temperature changes cause the roof to expand and contract, causing thermal fatigue and cracking. Reflective Roofs reduce these temperature fluctuations and the rate of any chemical breakdown. These factors should enable cool coatings to increase roof life and significantly decrease roof maintenance and expenditures. Thus, these benefits should be calculated and added to the energy savings to determine the real return on investment.

    Below are the key areas:

    Heat loss in the winter:
    Since the roof reduces heat gain from the sun, it also does this in the winter, increasing heating costs. However, the gains from reduced summer-time cooling far outweigh this loss.

    Best Buildings for ROI:
    Buildings that are best suited for Reflective Roofs have one or more of the following conditions:
    1) Is in hot and sunny climate during at least part of the year
    2) Uses significant cooling energy and/or has problems maintaining comfort
    3) Has a large roof area compared to the rest of the building's surface area
    4) Has roofing which tends to crack and age prematurely from sun damage or has increased maintenance costs forthcoming.

    The cumulative effect of thousands of dark roofs, dark roads, and dark parking lots contributes to a phenomenon known as the urban heat island, raising the ambient temperature by as much as 6° to 8°F relative to the surrounding countryside. This in turn exacerbates smog levels and increases the need for air conditioning, which pushes summer peak demand higher, at considerable cost.