Building Energy Conservation is Not Just the Government Gets Out of the Wrong Ideas About Green Building

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Energy, water and materials, and land-based green building, is only in recent years a new concept, the promotion process, and some green building name only, and some simply "pseudo-green building", some even confusing and difficult to promote. On April 1 just-concluded Fourth International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Energy Conservation Conference, experts and scholars gathered for the green building name, the hope that the green building out of the three major errors.

Green does not mean high prices and high cost.

In the event of bombing and the concept of sales to advertising hype popular, "green building" has become a real estate business, without exception, their catchy new phrases are, so give the impression that green building is high-grade construction. How the cost of green building, will become a factor in raising prices, housing and the vice minister made reply:

Green building is a broad concept, the green does not mean high prices and high cost. For example Yan'an cave Dongnuanxialiang, transforming it into a Chinese-style green building, cost is not high; Xinjiang, there is a building with local characteristics, and its walls by a local straw plaster and a combination of good ventilation, insulation is high, coupled with a very localized roof, is a typical village green building, its cost only 800 yuan / square meter, can be described as cheap.

Chinese people are not too high in the case of income, housing prices and housing costs we are very sensitive. Qiu said, we have introduced green building standards and technologies, to give full consideration to these issues require the use of green building technologies, products and facilities, costs are lower, should not affect the price of real estate. It is worth mentioning is that once the application of these technologies and equipment, the investment return rate is very high, because households can minimize electricity, water and other energy expenditure, generally 5 to 8 year period , you can come back to cost.

For example, a German company, a building energy-saving assistance to the project, the Government gave out 3,000 yuan per household, households own a 2,000 yuan, 2,000 yuan of foreign aid, a total of an investment in 7000 dollars, were from the outside of the building insulation to heating, intelligent, glass, doors, ceilings and water circulation system overhaul.

After transformation, the decrease in household spending one year reached more than 3,000 yuan, many people have asked around the use of these technologies. Qiu said, is not modern, high technology is green, to break this misunderstanding. Building energy efficiency to green building and development of road located in the high-end, aristocratic, will not be successful; proven road to development identified as Chinese-style, ordinary people type, applicable technology type, to the healthy development of green building.

Previous intelligence on the detour, and many intelligent building, remain in the security, sound control, the lines were very complex, very high cost, even the high power consumption, this is not the proper path of development of intelligent building. Information age should be more intelligent use of information, use less energy. Now some places, smart switches, mobile phones can control home energy switching, winter walking, put heating switch off, half an hour before work, one by phone, you can switch the heating start, so back to the house, the house has been warm in.

When the master work outside the home does not heat, to province 1 / 3 of energy. Again, many in the south, the house air-conditioning 40% in response to outdoor sunlight, to install a small smart temperature measurement device, when the sun is hot, the sunshade automatically rise up and reduce the injection of sunlight, to reduce air conditioning power consumption. This is the green intelligent building is the building with our times.

Qiu frankly, because the identity of green building is not clear, everyone can abuse, "green building" will become the price of the fraudulent real estate developers to improve the concept. Should now be identified to promote green building through the construction of energy, water, land and materials and the specific performance of the indoor environment measurement, given the data, provides for the protection of ecological environment. The green building from a simple concept into a quantitative test standards, meet the standards for green building logo, this will pseudo-green Xianyuan Xing, eventually exit the real estate market.

Green building is not limited to new construction.

"Our new building energy efficiency work done well and it basically followed the green building standards; but to a large number of existing buildings transformed into the work of advancing green building was not very successful, many existing buildings are still energy-hungry." Industry experts raised such a question.

According to Ministry statistics, the new buildings at the design stage of the implementation of the implementation of mandatory energy efficiency standard rate of 53% in 2005 increased to 97% in 2007; the construction phase of the implementation of mandatory energy efficiency standards for the implementation of the rate of 21% in 2005 increased to 71% in 2007, total annual savings of about 7 million tons of standard coal. Within the next 30 years, we have more than 400 million square meters of new building in the existing building management systems, green building standards fail to start on the not so new but the implementation of building energy problems is not very difficult . My difficulty is that the existing 40 billion square meters are building energy-saving, how to make existing buildings into a green building.

For example, heating in north China's building area of 63 million square meters, accounting for 10% of the total construction area of more than one point, building cities and towns account for 40% of the total energy consumption. Heating "iron rice bowl" of some people is to open windows to enjoy Heating, a waste. China's average energy consumption of heating per unit area of standard coal equivalent to 20 kg / square meter? Years, the same latitude as northern Europe under the building heating energy consumption of 1 to 1.5 times. We need to introduce the existing buildings, "central heating, household metering" concept, the need to reform in our country for decades "unit package costs, benefits heating" heating system.

According to Qiu introduction, existing buildings are now upstairs to downstairs, a pipeline heating, is in series, and each household a total installed heat meters, is not feasible. Now technology has achieved breakthroughs in advanced technology introduced in Europe in each heat sink to upload a meter, low cost, very suitable for the measurement of transformation in China. This makes the heat just like water, electricity, as is strictly measured, it can control.

It is estimated that, in the northern region, if the room heating can be adjusted without windows, save 15% on energy consumption; If it is measurable, the owner on business or at work to turn the heating off, come back later to open on power consumption savings of 30%. 30% savings in energy consumption means that Beijing 5,000,000 tons of coal heating in winter, equivalent to 10 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is a huge figure, but also a formidable energy reduction targets, needs to be increased to promote urban heating system.

Building energy conservation is not just a government.

Every electrical device in the standby mode power consumption for the boot function normally about 10%; a 11-watt energy-saving lamp is equivalent to 60 watt incandescent light; use electronic ballasts, energy saving over traditional ballast 30 %; inverter air conditioning than conventional non-inverter air conditioner energy saving from 20 to 30 percent.

These energy-saving tips may seem small, over time, but it can save a lot of energy. Promotion of green building is not just a government, the majority of the residents is the ultimate green building practitioners and beneficiaries. Many energy saving building itself was good, but residents in the renovation process, the Qiangpi destroyed, or change the window, removed the ceiling, thus undermining the building's own energy and environmental protection.

Qiu said that it stipulates that any financial investment projects must meet the minimum building energy efficiency standards, building energy conservation must apply the identity; low-cost housing and affordable housing, regardless of which construction companies or organizations, must be energy efficient green buildings , which requires the government to implement, it requires that the citizens are concerned about oversight. Qiu said, building energy efficiency and green building, not stay in the experts, government officials and big business, big city, should enter the homes of ordinary people.

To let people know what is green building, not with flowers grass, fountain pool, green well in real estate is "green building." If people can be concerned about building energy efficiency and green buildings, housing energy consumption are noted, materials, indoor environment, carbon dioxide emissions, then we will form the consensus of market demand for green buildings. With the market demand, building energy efficiency and green building can to promote a society-wide application.

By: → Himfr Paul

Tired of Building Backlinks? Try a Link Building Service Provider to Get That Ranking Faster

Thursday, November 15, 2012
There is no doubt in mind that link building works. Uncountable numbers of internet marketers that are utilizing SEO (search engine optimization) for gaining higher ranking on search engines are in reality running active link building campaigns to get their sites ranked higher on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. And whats most interesting is that many of those internet marketers are making a killing from their online business with some making millions just from their websites.

If a 16 year old high school dropout girl can make $80k per month from just a single website, then there is a fair share of the pie for all of us out there. We just have to claim our share.

While experienced ones and high earners are utilizing wide range of promotional methods, lots of those successful internet marketers are in fact using only SEO as a means of promotion. Link building is a big part of offsite optimization as more backlink a site has, higher it ranks in general. These days, the quality of links is more important than the sheer volume of links, but both quality and quantity is needed if your niche is competitive itself.

If your niche is competitive and tried all you could do, you might have noticed that the time it takes to do all the work is insane. After running your own SEO campaign, what you see when you measure the result? You may see that,

The ranking and traffic isn’t just there!

What went wrong? Is it really wrong to do your own link building? Not really!

There could be several reasons for which you are not seeing that targeted ranking and traffic increase. If you are not seeing that result, then you didn’t do it right or didn’t just do enough.

Outsource your link building to an SEO company, just consider the return of investment. How much you will make if your site ranks top 20 on goggle? How much you will make if you rank top 10? Every business has its own expense and considering the return you will get, the initial investment you will make on a link building service is pocket change.

If you are running a business, whether it is online of offline, you need to realize that there is a cost of running business. Just because it is the internet and you are running a website doesn’t mean there is no expense in your site promotion. If your competitors are doing all they can do plus hiring SEO company in addition, how can you compete with them? You need to do more than what your competitors are doing to promote your site if you want to outrank them.

So do yourself a favor and hire an SEO company or a link building service provider if you really want to stay in business. Because those days of ranking high with just search engine submissions or few link exchanges are long gone.

By: → Anwar Alam

Cincinnati Schools’ Environmentally Sound Building Featured In National Education Magazine

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Cincinnati Schools’ Green Renovation

Cincinnati School’s has in effect a long term $1 billion building project that will help to renovate and rebuild many of its older buildings. One Cincinnati School ’s elementary school, Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, has been recently featured in District Administration. This national magazine focuses on issues in K-12 education. The article from the August issue discusses the growing concern and interest in green building and environmentally friendly construction. The article states that even though the upfront cost can be more the long term benefits of green construction are quite clear. The construction of Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School is not only a gain for green construction strategies but it also teaches the students important lessons about the environment and responsibility.

Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School will be the first LEED School in Cincinnati Schools upon its completion. The LEED Green Building Rating System was devised by the U.S. Green Building Council which has helped Cincinnati Schools write its new building plans and codes. The article refers to the work of Ginny Frazier as one of the major influences on the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School project. A private citizen who lives in the area, Frazier is the head of a local group that advocates environmentally friendly building. She went to the Cincinnati Schools’ authorities and administrators with proposals on how the school in her neighborhood could be rebuilt using green materials and environmentally friendly tactics. Some of the ideas she proposed included according to the article, “geothermal heating so the new building uses the earth's temperature for cooling and heating, using natural building materials, noxious-free cleaning products and art supplies, as well as natural water filtration systems.”

The article discusses the five key areas that the Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School project uses innovative techniques or old-fashioned common sense to improve the building design. The Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School project will improve the lighting of the schools in several ways. The lights will feature sensors that will automatically turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Currently Cincinnati's City Hall is using a similar system that has greatly reduced energy costs. The Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School will also have photovoltaic panels, which convert solar energy into electricity. Saving energy with heating and cooling systems is also a concern. All the new and renovated Cincinnati Schools will have central air systems. The article states that, “Air conditioned classrooms prevent pollution from outside, and in the end, help asthmatic children breathe easier, he says. And moisture from hot, humid days can also cause ceiling pads to buckle or gym floors to sag”

Another area the article talks about is indoor air pollution. Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School project is using less carpet in the design in order to help reduce pollutants indoors. Plans for reducing the amount of water use in the Cincinnati Schools’ would also be based on sensors that detect movement around sinks and toilets. The article comments on the concerns that the Cincinnati Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School project has in this area. The main concern is in using faucets that have an automatic shut off system or a push button system.

By: → Stacy Andell

Team Building Strategies: Top 7 Tips For Building Trust In Distant Teams

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In the past, we developed teams by putting people together and letting them spend time learning about each other before we charged them with completing assignments. In spite of all our best effort, some teams were more successful than others.

In order to be honest and forthcoming with others, a level of trust must exist. The less we trust, the more guarded and self-protective we become. That’s one of many reasons it’s a challenge to work effectively in teams. The challenge increases tremendously when the people involved haven’t been given the opportunity to get to know each other personally.

Today’s workplace consists of people who have never met each other working on projects. Indeed many of them live in other countries. Those that might live close to their corporate headquarters often telecommute and are rarely available for face-to-face meetings.

In addition, the team is frequently led by a project manager – who has a dotted line relationship to the others and thus very little authoritative leverage. The project manager can only manage through persuasion and negotiation – two methods requiring a high level of trust.

Trust is not easy to develop in the best of circumstances – when working with distant teams the problems increase tremendously.

Professor Larry Leifer at Stanford University discovered that when he had students working in teams from different locations members, complained that they were doing more work than other teammates. When camcorders were placed in their cubicles so that they could see each other at work, the complaints diminished considerably. Apparently, the very act of seeing someone situated at their keyboard increased the belief that they were working hard.

Visual clues are critically important. The more contact we have with another human being (assuming that they are basically trustworthy), the easier it is to trust them. One could even hypothesize that at some unconscious level, our sense of smell plays a part in what has to be seen as primarily an emotionally (psychologically) based decision.

Sound or voice quality is less effective than visual clues. When we know someone only due to our telephone interaction with them, we develop less personal or positive feelings than when we actually sit across the table from them.

We also have the variable of “low-context” and “high-context” cultures. Low context cultures are those in which business is conducted without developing personal relationships. This is akin to our decision to buy something from a discount or big box store. High context cultures are those in which relationships are developed long before the business discussions commence. You might relate this to your decision to work with a consultant, or a decorator, or even shopping regularly in a small private boutique store. This adds another dimension to the problems of building trust between people here in the states and their counterparts in Asia or other parts of the world.

Given these problems, here are my top seven tips to developing trust in distant teams:

1. Allow members of the team to take the time to get to know each other on a somewhat personal level.

2. Have in-house discussions, at all locations, about what is proper to ask and discuss and what crosses the line into intrusive or inappropriate.

3. Share pictures – not only of the staff, but also of their families. Most people are family-oriented and grow to like (and trust) each other when they start to see pictures of their children and to hear stories about them.

4. Send your managers to the locations of their team members whenever possible. Although this is an expense, the potential value in developing trust, respect, and therefore greater levels of understanding and productivity is immeasurable.

5. Teach cultural diversity. Let the people in the various locations around the world learn as much as possible about the behaviors, customs, and expectations of those in other areas with whom they work.

6. If you have telecommuters who can be brought into the office once or twice a month, be sure to have as many face-to-face meetings as possible with them.

7. Use videoconferences and video-cams where feasible.

In other words, break some of the old rules that demand full focus on work related conversations only. Take the time and create the structure that enables people to develop relationships that lead to trust. This leads to cooperation, understanding, and higher productivity and creativity.

By: → Arlyne Diamond

Wheelchair Ramp Building Plan - How About Building One Yourself?

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Rarely do people consider the blessing of simply being able to enter/exit the home, unless a wheelchair bound disability makes stairs an impenetrable barrier. For someone in a wheelchair, the flight of stairs might require friends and family to lift them up or down. That means this person is very much dependent on the assistance of friends and family to be able to do simple thing such as go out and enjoy the sunshine, go to appointments, run errands, or go to the mailbox.

With today’s technology, building a ramp to facilitate the wheelchair bound to require lesser or no help at all just to do these simple errands is basically a big relief. Since many people cannot afford to pay a construction worker to modify an entrance, the Internet has resources to acquire a building plan for a wheelchair ramp.

A building plan for a handicapped accessible ramp depends on the home, the space available, the terrain around the home, and the materials necessary for building, and the specifications for a proper ramp. For instance, a ramp cannot be too steep, or the disabled individual will have a difficult time ascending the ramp, and in danger of a descending runaway. Hence, a ramp is designed to have 1-inch of incline for every foot of ramp. Also, the width of a ramp has to be taken into consideration, to avoid getting stuck or falling off the edge whilst on the wheelchair. The standard width of a ramp is at least 3-feet, to accommodate the width of most wheelchairs, whether manual or electric.

While adhering to the width of a ramp is usually not a problem, the length can be a challenge. Realistically, most people do not have the yard space to build a ramp straight to the door. In consideration of the problem, many wheelchair ramps are designed with switchbacks. A switchback is when the ramp rises in one direction and switches back to rise in the opposite direction. The number of switchbacks needed is determined by the elevation necessary to enter a home. It will look like the letter “Z”.

However practical, a series of 3-4 switchbacks does not look appealing to the eye, and detract from the beauty of the home. Therefore, pleasing to the eye. Made of wood, the ramp also has nice rails to improve the some ramps include duel use designs. For instance, one ramp ascends right to a deck. On the other side of the deck, a ramp extends to the home. Thus, a deck between the switchbacks is both serviceable and look nicer, and provide added safety for the handicapped. Not only do the rails prevent slipping off the side, during inclement weather, the disabled person may find the rails useful for pulling him/herself up a slippery ramp, or slowing a descent. For wood ramps, professionals recommend adding sand to the varnish coat, to give the ramps added traction.

Sometimes, a cement ramp is a solution to accessibility. However, the building challenges are different. Knowing how to deal with cement is the main issue. Because of the cost, a cement ramp is not solid cement. Basically, after establishing a temporary frame, with barriers between the house and the ramp, a base is established. After pouring the base, filler is added. The filler is usually compacted dirt. Therefore, a special building tool is required to make sure the dirt is pounded and compacted solid. Then, cement is added to finish the ramp.

Because cement is harder to handle, and requires a certain amount of expertise, most people opt to build a prefabricated modular ramp, or a wooden ramp accompanied by a deck, to facilitate the home with wheelchair accessibility. Whatever the homeowner decides to do, the ramp must meet certain requirements by law, to protect the wheelchair-bound individuals. So, individuals who are capable of wielding a hammer can probably follow the instructions to create a permanent ramp or install the components necessary for a modular ramp to assist a handicapped love one, without sacrificing the outlook of the home.

By: → Moses Wright