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Minka Aire Light WaveCeiling Fan - 52" White
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Image from LPL Financial on EcoBuildingPulse.com
With the recent unveiling of the nation's largest net-zero energy office building in San Diego, we figured now is a good time to answer the question: what is net-zero energy? And better yet, how can we take its principles into our own homes and workplaces?
Net-zero energy simply means a building produces more electricity than it uses. The new San Diego home of LPL Financial is green in more ways than just that. Let's take a look:
Chief among the building's "green" elements are it's ability to reclaim waste water for use in landscaping and convert biofuel from nearby farms into enough electricity to power the building AND 750 homes.
And here's where the fun starts. While most homes aren't $60 million new construction projects, we can still incorporate similar tricks to make our spaces more resource efficient:
Going green isn't an all-or-none proposition, and small changes at home can have a big impact on both the environment and the wallet.
Images: Eco Building Pulse
Brent Turner is an architecture, design and art writer who adores elegantly simple distillations of complex design problems. You'll often catch him waxing poetic about how such creative problem solving is not only the essence of a successful art and design practice, but of science, engineering, and well, life in general. A California native, Brent was educated at U.C. San Diego where he was first exposed to clumsy yet endearingly avant-garde institutional art and architecture. In the years since, he has expanded his interest base to include all types of interior, graphic and industrial design. His best personal designs are made with Legos, and it's for this reason that Brent confines his own public creative work to wordsmithing. When he isn't writing, he hosts an art and design podcast called Beer & Tall Buildings.
Brent lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with his cat Buster. If you can't reach him by phone or email, he's most likely on a mountaintop somewhere and promises to call you back as soon as he descends.
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