Category Archives: Alternative Energy & Energy Conservation

Alternative energy methods including solar, wind and thermal options.

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer Introduces New Eco Method

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer Carmelo Introduces New Eco Construction Method

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer

Puerto Rico Concrete Manufacturer – SCIP Construction

Several architects and contractors in the Puerto Rico have turned to a non-conventional method of construction. Although it has been in the market for over three decades, it is relatively new to many of our local Puerto Rico clients and contractors and the wider Caribbean construction industry.

In Europe it is a familiar practice and preferred by contractors.  This is mostly due to the time and cost savings implications both for the contractor and the end user.  Moreover, it is a system that provides for a much cleaner and eco friendly construction. The pre fabricated system is known as Structural Concrete Insulated Panel or SCIP.


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Caribbean Earth Bag Home Construction

Caribbean Earth Bag Home Construction  – Rum Cay Bahamas


Caribbean earth bag home construction – Rum Cay Bahamas

Imagine building the castle of your dreams on a Caribbean island with…sand!  I don’t mean adding sand to cement and making a concrete home.  I mean from the pure materials at hand, in this case coral sand from dredging.  Introducing a couple who built their earth bag home in the Caribbean.

Builders, NGOs, research institutes, and governments are discovering the potential for using earthbags in affordable housing and emergency shelters. But so are those wanting to build a home for themselves and their families using local materials leaving as smaller carbon footprint as possible. Continue reading

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Solar Kit For Your Home

Solar Power Kits for Caribbean Living

Solar power is an obvious way to reduce your carbon footprint. More and more people are finding that solar power is a clean and affordable way to power their households. Solar panel costs are dropping as the government is providing grants and tax incentives to home owners to convert to renewable energy. A solar kit that contains the materials to build a solar panel can be a solution to your renewable energy needs.

A solar kit contains materials such as solar cells, flux pens, and bindings that allow you to build a solar panel. The quality of solar cells varies largely between different manufacturers depending on its efficiency. Solar cells can convert as much as 24% of the sun’s light into electricity depending on its efficiency. The solar panels that you make can be used for a wide range of uses such as solar power for your RV or boat. The solar panel is most often used to power a person’s house.

If you want to power your household with a solar kit, make sure that you can tie your solar power to your electricity grid or store the electricity in an efficient battery. Check with your utility or an electrician specialized in solar in your area.

Solar kits are becoming less expensive as more foreign manufacturers are getting into the game. Starting with building a single panel, you can scale up and make an entire array that can power you whole household. You can also take advantage of many renewable energy grants and tax incentives if you live in a sunbelt state such as California or Arizona.

Renewable energy is going to be crucial as we move forward as a nation and a
species. You can do your part by installing a solar panel onto your house and taking other energy efficiency measures such weatherizing your house. Even if you do not care about the environmental benefits, installing your own solar kit can reduce your electricity bill. If your household produces surplus electricity during peak hours, you may also be able to sell that electricity back to your utility for a profit.

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How Green Roof Systems Save Your Business Money on Heating and Cooling

Vegetated Earth Roofs

There are many advancements in building materials that assist in saving money and energy. Though research on this topic was initially launched for energy preservation purposes, it also helps in saving money as well as preserving environment.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that nearly $40 billion is spent to air condition buildings in US, which amounts to one-sixth of the total
electricity generated annually. In order to cut down these costs, EPA has come up with different roof materials and plans.

Roofing products should meet two specific conditions namely

  • (1) They must be reflective, referring to the amount of light energy being reflected away instead of absorbing and
  • (2) They must have high emissivity, referring to the quickness of how the absorbed energy is emitted into the atmosphere again.

By research, it has been found that light colors are effective in reduction of peak demand for cool energy in buildings. Normally, the roof system is the heavily exposed part of a building to sun and it tends to absorb energy, serving as a large heat sink. Hence based on the color of the roof and its reflective nature, the temperature rise within the roofing system can be altered. When the roof is enveloped by a white reflective material similar to a single ply membrane, plenum air space temperature lowers to 90ºF unlike 120ºF in the case of dark-colored roofs.

The building owners will be able to save between 20 and 70% of the cooling energy used in the building. These reflective roof coatings can also slow down the aging process of the underlying roof materials, thus contributing to savings in roof replacements. Reflective roofs along with insulation can lower the energy consumption drastically. In addition, if it is a low-slope roof, it is more beneficial.

Owing to less heat being absorbed by the roof, energy consumption as well as thermal shock is minimized. Since less heat is absorbed and even the absorbed heat is emitted back, the energy or fuel necessary to air condition the building is reduced.

Vegetated Earth Roofs

Vegetated Earth Roofs can be used effectively in the Caribbean

Another type of roof that helps in saving money and energy is a green roof, which comprises a vegetative layer grown on the rooftop. Such a roof is able to offer shade and avoid heat through evapotranspiration, leading to reduction of temperatures of roof surface as well as surrounding air. These roofs act as insulators, thus reducing the demand for energy necessary to cool and heat the building. Therefore, based on the nature of roof materials, money can be saved.

Learn how environmentally-friendly green roof systems can earn your business tax credits and save you thousands of dollars in energy bills each year! Roof Solutions LLC commercial roofing services provide quality roof construction and repair that
can help your business save money.

Stefano Grossi

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