As your avatar walks around inside the Fall 2016 EGM Connect 3D Virtual Tradeshow you will see a wall showing a road with signs indicating a pathway to zero-energy and self sufficiency. The road signs on this wall can only briefly touch on some of the topics involved if you undertake this journey.
Ken Riead, the speaker for this presentation, will clarify why it makes sense to follow this road as indicated and will cover each of the following topics in further detail:
Energy Audits and HERS* Home Energy Ratings: Ken will explain the difference between a typical residential energy audit and a comprehensive 'investment grade' energy rating and why the private financing and investment sectors prefer and often require the latter.
Clean & Renewable Energy Plus Efficiency: Why most residential renewable energy installations may not be as beneficial as most people think and why energy efficiency is always the best first course of action to take before sizing a renewable energy system.
Green Products and Technologies Including Water Conservation: It is becoming clear that droughts and water scarcity are emerging as serious concerns and also the fact that many green products and technologies will not help in saving energy.
Health Testing and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ): It is well documented that people now spend most of their time indoors and that poorly ventilated, constructed and maintained residences can be detrimental to your health. Asthma in children is on the rise and is reaching epidemic proportions and how health tests performed on a home by certified technicians can provide valuable guidance on how to mitigate problem areas.
Smart Home - Smart Grid and Connected Devices: The movement toward smart homes containing inter-connected devices is gaining momentum and the cost of home automation products and technologies is reaching affordability for many home owners. Reducing energy consumption using home automation can be tricky to achieve and what you can do to gain the most from smart home devices.
Design Charrettes and Team Project Planning Approaches: Why builders tend to use standard construction practices and minimum codes to build homes, apartments, condos and other residential buildings and how these practices often leave the eventual occupants uncomfortable, unhealthy and expensive units to heat and cool. To achieve stated goals of zero-energy or healthy indoor environments or other desired results it is recommended for owners to be involved in the design and construction phases of their projects.
Energy Mortgage and Green Financing: Long term studies and well researched documents all point to energy efficient and green homes maintaining more value than conventionally built versions. Most existing homes are very energy inefficient and that deep energy retrofits can save 50 percent or more on ongoing energy bills. These savings can be documented and used to help secure financing from progressive private sector lenders, investors and even crowd funding programs.
Ken will cover each of these topics and more in his presentation on October 31st at 8 PM Central Time at the Fall 2016 EGM Connect 3D Virtual Tradeshow.
*HERS - Home Energy Rating Systems (For more information please go to : http://RESNET.us)