Presentation Title

Incorporating Renewable Energy Sources and Green Material into Residential Dwellings to Maximize Energy Efficiency

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

With global temperatures rising, climate change growing more prominent, and the concern of lower energy security, the incorporation of green technologies has never been more important. While large scale change in green technology is important and what tends to be highlighted in media, small scale, localized change can make a large difference. The incorporation of energy efficient building materials and renewable energy are being explored more in residential building sites. Looking into the benefits of each suggested efficient material, we see that there are many viable ways to incorporate renewable energy systems for small scale, residential use. Some of the variables explored in this presentation are infrastructural design, sustainable consumption, and energy efficient technologies. These are further analyzed through outlining the regulations and standards set within BC to look at the environmental and economic cost-benefits of sustainable development/consumption within individual homes. Although cost is a major hurdle for many homeowners, the benefits outweigh the reservations. By conducting this analysis, we find that a mass switch by individuals can have a huge effect on the global movement towards sustainable development. The main conclusion of this report suggests that fossil fuel use can be limited by developing more residential homes with green technologies, efficient power systems, and the addition of renewable energy use.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Michael Mehta

Keywords

Renewable Energy; Efficiency; Green Materials; Residential Buildings; Regulation

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Incorporating Renewable Energy Sources and Green Material into Residential Dwellings to Maximize Energy Efficiency

With global temperatures rising, climate change growing more prominent, and the concern of lower energy security, the incorporation of green technologies has never been more important. While large scale change in green technology is important and what tends to be highlighted in media, small scale, localized change can make a large difference. The incorporation of energy efficient building materials and renewable energy are being explored more in residential building sites. Looking into the benefits of each suggested efficient material, we see that there are many viable ways to incorporate renewable energy systems for small scale, residential use. Some of the variables explored in this presentation are infrastructural design, sustainable consumption, and energy efficient technologies. These are further analyzed through outlining the regulations and standards set within BC to look at the environmental and economic cost-benefits of sustainable development/consumption within individual homes. Although cost is a major hurdle for many homeowners, the benefits outweigh the reservations. By conducting this analysis, we find that a mass switch by individuals can have a huge effect on the global movement towards sustainable development. The main conclusion of this report suggests that fossil fuel use can be limited by developing more residential homes with green technologies, efficient power systems, and the addition of renewable energy use.