Tom Tingle, AIA, Guernsey/Tingle Architects and two of his firm's architects presented information on Sustainable Design - both Universal Design for accessibility and Green Building. Some amazing stats: Buildings in the United States represent 40% of our primary energy usage; 72% of our electrical consumption; and 48% of CO2 emissions.
Just one compact flouresent bulb in each home would save enough energy to power the homes in Delaware and Rhode Island. The average home uses 146,000 gallons of water/year: 20-30% flushing down the toilet and 10-20% in the shower. Air infiltration in the building accounts for 50% of heating and cooling costs. Sealing ductwork can cut energy efficiency losses by 25-40%. 1/5 of the country's heating and cooling expenses are lost to the atmosphere. It is no wonder that 50% of the builders report that they are focusing on green initiatives this year. 40-50% of homes constructed in 2010 will be considered green.
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