Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website www.greenhomebuilding.com, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built (but is now mostly living in Mexico) and consults about sustainable building design.

February 11, 2010

Green Electrical Contracting

According to a 2009 Booz Allen Hamilton study, green construction will skyrocket over the next five years. The report projects green construction to generate $554 billion dollars in GDP, provide $396 billion in labor earnings and support or create over 7.9 million jobs from 2009 to 2013. These figures are way up from the previous 8-year period. From 2000-2008, GDP from green construction was just $173 billion, labor earnings was $123 billion and number of jobs created was 2.4 million.

Much of this activity will be related to electrical work. In the next ten to twenty years, “electrical contractor” will no longer be a suitable job title for electricians. They will transition into “energy contractors” to support the fast-growing green construction market as home owners and corporations adopt alternative methods (e.g. solar, wind, etc) to power buildings. What’s driving this? Federal incentives, lower material costs and savings from reduced energy spending, as well as desire to adopt more sustainable levels of energy use.

To read more about this new wave of electrical contracting, see Houston Neal's article about it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Gina said...

That is great news indeed! Too bad I went through my entire renovation without such a person. Well, at least the next generation will benefit.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less energy consumption means doing better since it’s like doing our environment a favor. Generous sites such as www.TintBuyer.com help educate people on the actual ENVIRONMENTAL and FINANCIAL benefits of solar control window film. People are attracted to 'big' solutions rather than the existing because at their core they feel the 'big' solution may or may not happen and, in a way, may not ever have to change. The solution is found not in creating new industries and $100B for photovoltaic GENERATING capacity but rather changing the way we think about CONSERVATION. If every home installed compact fluorescents, increased attic insulation, installed clear heat control window film, and increase the t-stat 1 degree we would reduce CONSUMPTION far more (and far more quickly) than building new generating capacity. It's like putting more horsepower in a car to make it go faster but ignoring excess unnecessary weight of the car.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous francis said...

Good information-thanks. I am keeping watch on all the latest developments in geothermal pumps-makes a lot of sense to me.

1:32 PM  

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