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Carbon Emissions

Consider the following stats:

  • Over 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal, petroleum, or natural gas, all fossil fuels that emit carbon into the atmosphere when burned. Coal alone provides 44 percent of U.S. electricity and the majority of greenhouse gases. Source: DOE
  • Homes and commercial buildings use 72 percent of U.S. electricity, and homes use 51 percent of that. Source: EPA
  • There are approximately 126 million homes in the United States, which equates to an annual emission from homes alone at approximately 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon. Source: US Census Bureau 2006 

Our research and experience has shown that the best way to achieve these goals is through simplicity and moderation. The starting point is understanding all the passive techniques available to us given the geographic location and planning constraints. In other words use common sense and do what our ancestors did. Deep respect for how the building is oriented on the site is critical for optimal building performance. Another factor is the connection between building and the earth. We call this Geo Solar Integration.

Today we augment these most basic truths about how to integrate building and site with some advanced yet passive moves like high thermal performance walls, roofs, and floors - the 
building envelope. Making the building skin airtight and super insulated dramatically reduces the energy load while increasing thermal comfort and air quality. Its actually very straight forward but requires a more integrated view of design, construction, and performance optimization. This is the essence of our unique Integrated Process.

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