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Housing sector key in energy conservation.

UNEP, United Nations Environment Program, sponsors the Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative, or SBCI, that recently issued an eye-opening report about global warming and what role the building industry plays in it. The sector alone accounts for 30-40% of global energy use, a significant amount. It should also be mentioned that the U.S. Green Building Council is a strong supporter of SBCI, so we're closely working with the international community to address the deteriorating situation.

Most energy is consumed during the use of the structures, that is houses, condominium towers, townhouses, office buildings, plants, for cooling, heating, ventilation, lighting and some other applications, and not during the construction phase. That's an important distinction. It's about 80% during use vs. 20% while under construction. 

Now that the origins to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have been identified, we can begin to look for solutions. Many of them are very simple, everyday stuff. Thermal insulation is relatively easy to install, solar shading can make a considerable difference, particularly here in Las Vegas, and energy efficient appliances are readily available at your local department store. This is only to start the conversation.

Another solution is the demise of the wasteful incandescent light bulb that has received a lot of press lately. A compact fluorescent bulb is elbowing in to take its place. And the sooner, the better. Here's why. In a global switch to the fluorescent bulb now, by 2010 that would amount in CO2 savings of about 470 million tons. I know it's just a huge number. Probably impresses these environmental experts more than us here in the real estate business, but I'll take their word for it.

Everybody has to get on board to make any forthcoming changes bear real fruit. Homeowners, developers, builders, property owners, architects, governments on all levels, tenants, energy suppliers. Everybody.

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Provided by: 

Esko Kiuru
Mortgage, real estate and apartment industry analyst 

www.BluefoxToday.com - syndicated mortgage, housing and property management blog

eskokiuru@gmail.com
My cell: 702-499-1006

Comment balloon 9 commentsEsko Kiuru • April 25 2007 04:46PM

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Esko, excellent information here. I am surprised that there aren't more solar panels in Las Vegas. I know that in CA that is common place and many of the new builders are building homes that come with solar heating.

I believe that in CA there is a bill that is due for action where the regular light bulb will be outlawed and only the new compact fluorescent will be sold. Can't wait for that to pass.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 11 years ago

Edko,

Thanks for the new source of information!

Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 11 years ago
Thanks everyone for your comments. We're currently taking small steps in the right direction. Hopefully the pace quickens so that we don't run into any major eruptions down the road.
Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago
Esko,  one things for sure, if we don't take the baby steps now, we'll be running down hill when the planet strikes back!
Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 11 years ago
Good information -- it does take a village -- and it takes each person making a commitment to do a few things -- then it will multiply and as everyone joins in, it will make a difference.  Education is key -- a lot of folks things it is more expensive to go GREEN -- they need to see what is in it for them.  I am seeing more and more green advertising and I think things are starting to look greener.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Gary and Joan,

The more we in the industry talk about it, the more the public becomes aware and that's what is needed.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago

Esko~

Welcome to the ECO-All-Stars. Loved your post and look forward to many more! So...could you do an article for  The Gold Star CHALLENGE to AR Members on how  to make a tapestry...as per your comment..."Everybody has to get on board to make any forthcoming changes bear real fruit. Homeowners, developers, builders, property owners, architects, governments on all levels, tenants, energy suppliers. Everybody. " 

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Posted by Chalacuna about 11 years ago

The energy crisis has never been before this much worse. Several talks had been made in the past decade about energy conservation.

Dozens of research had been funded for the development of energy efficient household devices. But no matter how efficient those gadgets are they still consume power. The best solution is self discpline. We must how to limit our usage of appliances and be able to turn off unused lights and other electrical equipments.

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Posted by Anonymous about 11 years ago

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