Building Green with Enercept SIPS

What is green building?

Green buildings (sustainable buildings) are buildings that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. They are designed to use environmental resources wisely.

Green building employs materials and methods which reduce the depletion of non-renewable resources, and encourages innovations like recycling and pollution reduction.

Simply stated, Green buildings:
* conserve energy and water
* use resource-efficient materials
* promote good indoor air quality
* are integrated into the building site

According to the NAHB, 14,600 green homes were built in 2004, up from 2,500 in 2000.

Energy Efficiency

Key to green building is the reduction of energy consumption. Energy consumption occurs both in the operation of the home and in the production of the materials used to build the home.

Enercept uses OSB as the interior and exterior sheathing for our Structural Insulated Panels. OSB is an engineered wood product that is considered environmentally friendly because it is produced from fast growning, underutilized and less expensive trees grown on tree farms.

The Enercept system utilizes up to 80% recycled EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation. A University of South Dakota test in 1984 found “No formaldehyde contained in the Enercept insulation”.

What is R-Value?

The measure of the capacity of a material, such as insulation, to impede heat flow, with increasing values indicating a greater capacity.

The overall R-Value for standard 6 ½” Enercept Wall Panel is 25.47

Colorado Energy.org features an R-Value table that is worth checking out.

You can estimate the cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions you’ll get by upgrading your insulation at Build It Solar.com

How can you plan your green building project?
Pick a couple of green strategies and focus on them. Experts say energy efficiency is your best bet. Evaluate the payback of features carefully. Design with passive solar gain in mind. Use Enercept SIPS to create a tight envelope.

For more information about green building visit the Green Building Initiative website

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