There is no question that over the last five years, every homeowner has become conscious of ways to minimize their carbon footprint.
Online PR News – 22-September-2011 – – Concord, NH - There is no question that over the last five years, every homeowner has become conscious of ways to minimize their carbon footprint. This can happen on many levels from bolstering the energy efficiencies in old homes to building a new home with adherence to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard. LEED is acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it was established over ten years to provide building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
The LEED standards have been adopted by many architects and builders as a commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. Commitment is the optimum word here, because embracing this standard requires a great deal of education and time. It is the benchmark for energy conscious home building and can require significant upfront costs, but the net cost of owning a LEED-certified home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home thanks to cumulative energy and water savings.
Another popular concept for building is ‘Net Zero Energy’. A Net Zero building produces as much energy or more energy and power than it consumes, with the excess power that the home produces capable of being delivered to the electric grid. Two of our manufacturing partners, Mitsubishi Electric and Kohler Co. have been riding this trend and producing products that our focused on the ‘Net Zero’ energy. Kohler Co. is a three-time recipient of EPA WaterSense awards, including the 2009 and 2008 WaterSense Manufacturing Partner of the Year. Mitsubishi Electric is a global leader in sustainability products from photovoltaics to their VRF(Variable Refrigerant Flow) HVAC systems.
Of course, the ‘Net Zero’ energy process works better for new homes, for those of us who live in older homes, we must work harder to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are 9 proven methods for accomplishing this from the same people that gave the us the LEED’s certification: http://greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/9-ways-to-make-your-home-more-energy-efficient
Whether it new construction or remodeling an older dwelling, we must commit ourselves to seeking viable alternatives to our dependency on fossil fuels and unsustainable building practices. It is good for the earth and good for our future.
“Energy conservation is of the highest priority at The Granite Group and the fantastic products from Kohler and Mitsubishi Electric geared towards Net Zero energy make it easier than ever for our customers to reduce their carbon footprint.” says Rand Hinman, The Granite Group Director of Showrooms.
About The Ultimate Bath Showrooms
The Ultimate Bath Showroom is the exclusive showroom of The Granite Group, one of New England’s largest, full-service wholesale distributors of plumbing, heating, cooling and water supplies. The Ultimate Bath has facilities throughout New England, with 13 fully decorated and staffed bathroom and kitchen showrooms locations in N.H., Maine, Mass., Conn., Vermont and R.I.. The Ultimate Bath Showroom has the largest Kohler inventory in New England, and also features products from Bain Ultra, Elkay, Grohe, Kallista, Basco and Rohl.
For more on The Ultimate Bath Showrooms, visit: http://www.theultimatebathshowroom.com
For more on The Granite Group, visit: http://www.thegranitegroup.com
For more on Kohler visit: http://www.us.kohler.com
For more on Mitsubishi Electric visit: http://www.mitsubishielectric.com