You may have heard the phrase“reducing your carbon footprint” come up in conversation about climate change.This is due to the fact that carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases affecting our planet. While a certain amount of carbon dioxide is vital in the atmosphere, over time, too much CO2 has started to be emitted into the atmosphere, causing negative effects on our environment, such as global-warming.
Here at SumZero Energy Systems, we are dedicated to helping residents of Massachusetts reduce their carbon footprint with the use of energy efficient HVAC systems. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss more about carbon footprints and what you can do to help keep our planet healthy. Contact our team of home energy improvement experts today with any questions or comments!
What Is A Carbon Footprint?
When speaking in terms of buildings and construction, a carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced while constructing a building as well as how much CO2 is produced by the building once it is completed.
Being mindful of your carbon footprint and taking any possible actions to reduce it is the best way for you to do your part in preserving our planet. One way to do this is with green construction. Continue reading to learn more!
What Is Green Construction?
Green construction keeps in mind the carbon footprint and the energy used when it comes to the materials and processes put into constructing a building. However, the construction is not the only part of being green, it also pertains to the building design in terms of how efficiently the building will run and the amount of CO2 it will produce.
Sustainability is key when it comes to green construction as you not only want to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the building, but you also want to ensure it is created with high-quality materials and workmanship. In the end, green construction is the combination of processes, systems, and materials, which all work together to create durable and efficient residential and commercial buildings.
Creating A Green Building
So how exactly do you create a green building that helps preserve the environment and reduce the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere? There are a few major things to keep in mind and assess throughout the construction to ensure the carbon footprint is reduced as much as possible and to create a truly green building.
When constructing a building, calculate the estimated carbon footprint as soon as possible. The earlier you are able to properly assess this, the more opportunity you will have to change the building design and specific elements within it to create a more energy-efficient building and reduce carbon dioxide emittance.
In recent years, large strides have been made in creating energy-efficient HVAC systems. From increasing the ability to control temperatures and zones to advanced indoor air quality technology, these new systems provide improved comfort and quality within your home or business while also saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
Insulation within a building goes hand in hand with the HVAC system within your home. It is important to note that more is not always best when it comes to insulation as that will hurt the vital ventilation system of the building as well as cost you more for installation and materials. Another thing to keep in mind is choosing the appropriate type of insulation for the job, whether that be open-cell spray foam, closed-cell spray foam, or slow-rising foam. Properly calculating the exact amount of needed insulation and choosing the appropriate type of insulation will allow you to maximize benefits of energy-efficiency.
Since you can really only save energy in a limited number of areas within a building, the best way to reduce your carbon footprint beyond those elements is to implement renewable energy sources such as solar power systems. When your already energy-efficient systems are able to run off of a natural and renewable energy source, it makes a huge difference in the total amounts of CO2 emitted as well as energy used and money spent.
Even older homes can have new systems implemented to reduce their carbon footprint and to create more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Here at SumZero Energy Systems, we specialize in HVAC systems and insulation that improves your energy usage. Our team and overall mission strives to reduce the carbon footprints of buildings to as close to zero as possible to ensure that we are doing our part in improving the health and safety of our environment. Contact us today to get started!
How Green Construction Can Help Reduce Carbon Footprints
You may have heard the phrase “reducing your carbon footprint” come up in a conversation about climate change. This is due to the fact that carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases affecting our planet. While a certain amount of carbon dioxide is vital in the atmosphere, over time, too much CO2 has started to be emitted into the atmosphere, causing negative effects on our environment, such as global warming.