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SEUSA Attends Green Building Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 10:14 am by Solar Energy USA

Charlotte, NC

The overall theme of the 2011 Charlotte Green Building Conference has been “Energy Efficiency.” Green buildings, if done in accordance with the key concepts of sustainable development, can actually be viewed as a source of energy production.

According to John Conover, one of the guest speakers at the 2011 CGBC and President of Ingersoll Rand, a commercial focused energy efficiency consultancy that has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help them implement more efficient policies, existing buildings in New York consume 79% of all the energy used in the entire state of New York! In late July around 5 pm energy usages spike and brown outs occur!

Energy conservation has been the highest source of energy in North America since 1973. Energy efficiency is an energy resource. Energy saved is the same as energy produced.

Only 26% of executives in North America have done energy audits, yet nearly 80% say energy efficiency will be more important in the next 5 yrs! Few companies have dedicated sustainability staff. This lack of in-house expertise hinders many companies’ progress. Some heads of multimillion-dollar companies do not even know how to read/understand an energy bill each month!

Wal-Mart recently announced it will require suppliers to disclose their environmental impacts. The takeaway of this decision? The carbon footprint of the supplier is just as important as that of the retailer.

Some suggestions from the green building focus:
- Change standards and codes to drive energy efficiency up. The recent federal mandate to phase out T12 bulbs, ballasts, and fixtures is a great example of this. Many companies are now looking into switching their T12s to become more efficient. Our solution is the T5 retrofit adapter.

- Develop incentives to encourage and reward positive investments/decisions. Check out these incentives for becoming more energy efficient.

- Focusing on existing buildings is more important than new construction/LEED buildings. This is because existing buildings make up a larger market and already consume too much energy.

Buildings currently account for over one-third of world energy use and GHG (Green House Gas) emissions. That means buildings contribute more than car emissions! Almost triple what all of the combined automobile drivers in the world contribute to GHG emissions! GHG emissions from buildings will double by 2030!
So you are probably asking yourself, “What can I do??”

Well, even small investments can cut energy 30-50%! $1 dollar of investment in energy efficiency upfront translates to over $75 dollars saved over time!