Education – Page 3 – GBRI
 

Geothermal Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It is considered a renewable energy source, and resources range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth’s surface. Almost everywhere, the shallow ground or upper 10 feet of the Earth's surface maintains a nearly constant temperature [...]
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Renewable energy Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that is collected from resources that are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. The United States currently relies heavily on coal, oil, and natural gas for its energy. These sources are nonrenewable, emit dangerous greenhouses gases, [...]
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Building envelope commissioning Building envelope commissioning, or building enclosure commissioning, abbreviated as BECx, refers to the quality-focused process that a building undergoes in order to ensure its performance against defined objectives and criteria, specifically referring to objectives concerning the building envelope. Walls, floors, roofs, fenestration, and doors typically comprise the building envelope. Therefore, commissioning objects [...]
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Commissioning Chances are, if you work in the green building industry, you have heard the term “commissioning” (commonly abbreviated as Cx), and its various forms. But, what is commissioning? The term actually is quite old and comes from shipbuilding. A commissioned ship is one deemed ready for service, after having all of its equipment properly [...]
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Water conservation Water conservation includes all of the policies, programs and practices designed to help you use less water. The goal is to use only the water you need; for example,turning off the water when you brush your teeth, or only running the dishwasher when it's full. Water conservation technologies and strategies are often the [...]
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Building energy performance In order to conserve energy and combat greenhouse gas emissions, regular tracking, or “benchmarking” of a building’s energy performance is needed. This can be done automatically through a software program, including utility bill data integration with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, or manually. A thorough understanding of whole-building energy efficiency strategies is needed [...]
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Energy efficiency Energy efficiency is the use of technology that requires less energy to perform the same function. Using a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) that requires less energy, rather than an incandescent bulb, to produce the same amount of light is an example of energy efficiency. The EPA’s ENERGY STAR® label on appliances and [...]
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Energy conservation Energy conservation can be practiced through any behavior that results in the use of less energy. This can mean simply turning the lights off when leaving a room, or recycling recyclable products. Typically, energy conservation is performed through behavioral changes and not through physical upgrades or retrofit. A recent report from the consulting [...]
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Drinking water Safe drinking water is a problem for nearly 1 billion people. In some parts of the world, women and children travel on foot for 3 or more miles with heavy buckets on their heads just to deliver fresh water back to their families. Even Americans don’t even have the safest drinking water, as [...]
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Green walls Living walls or green walls are self-sufficient vertical gardens that are attached to the exterior or interior of a building. They differ from green façades (e.g. walls covered in ivy) in that the plants root in a structural support that is fastened to the wall itself. The plants receive water and nutrients from [...]
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