Green jobs are sprouting up all over America, with industries like renewable energy and energy efficiency currently providing 8.5 million jobs in the United States. Mother Nature Network just reported the Top Ten Cities for people interested in the field of sustainability. San Francisco is rated at number one in the country with over 42,000 green jobs. The city recently passed $100 million worth of bonds to create sustainable jobs and businesses. The “green collar” jobs are in the energy generation sector, mostly in the solar industry, as well as environmental consulting, green tech and greenhouse gas emission monitoring jobs. 20 big construction projects have recently applied for LEED certification here. Professionals in the field earn an average salary of $58,700.
Denver, Colorado is home to Vestas Wind Systems, solar firms and companies focused on clean energy. Local institutions like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory continue to advance green technology and green-collar job opportunities, so unemployment rates in Denver are below the national average.
New York City has launched a $1 billion sustainability plan to retrofit buildings to increase energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gases. For the full list of Top Ten cities, click here.
When it comes to building automation and energy management, Advanced Control Corporation is the industry leader in providing control systems to buildings that are cost-effective and energy efficient. Preserving the environment is a priority to Advanced Control, which participated in the first LEED certified building project in Broward County, Florida.
Advanced Control has an immediate need to fill jobs in Palm Beach and Broward County. The employment package includes excellent salary, health insurance benefits, vacation and holiday benefits, vehicle allowance and a 401K plan. Click here to check current job opportunities at Advanced Control Corporation.
The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus in Golden, Colorado has just added its newest Research Support Facility, a 222,000 square foot zero-energy office building. This is the nation’s largest zero-energy building, which will hold 800 employees once it opens in August.
The Research Support Facility is deemed zero-energy because it creates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Power is mainly generated from solar panels. The building also makes efficient use of natural light and takes advantage of the earth’s natural heating and cooling processes. The typical office building spends 30 percent of energy on lighting alone, so the Research Support Facility incorporates smart designs that tell employees when it’s optimal to open or close their windows.
The Department of Energy anticipates a LEED Platinum Rating, the highest level of certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council, for their achievement in green building. Their hope is for this facility to be a showcase for energy-efficient design. The Department of Energy will share its design in a how-to manual featured on their website this fall.
Advanced Control Corporation has been an industry leader in energy management, building automation and system integration since 1987. With a solid reputation, Advanced Control provides innovative building systems and cost-effective energy management systems that are on the forefront of green building. As member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Advanced Control Corporation continues to demonstrate its leadership in the area of protecting our environment through energy conservation.
A non-profit group, called the People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. is building affordable energy-efficient homes in a poverty-stricken county of Kentucky. The first certified green home was purchases by a county school employee for $90,000. It is only the third home in Kentucky that has earned the LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The price includes low interest rates and the promise of lower utility and maintenance costs in the future.
The People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. has been building low-income houses in the county since 1982. A few years ago, the group’s board of directors decided that new houses had to be more energy efficient to offset rapidly increasing utility rates. “People can afford the financing to buy the homes but they can’t afford to pay the utilities,” says Dave Kreher, People’s executive director.
There are only two other houses officially listed in Kentucky as U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified. The first is in Lexington that was built in 2006, and the other was finished in Covington earlier this year. The house at 120 Rowley Avenue in downtown Vanceburg will be Number 3. It uses fiber cement siding, thick two-by-six studs in the walls, energy star appliances and plenty of insulation. The house is an important step in helping people with low incomes afford and remain in a home.
Advanced Control Corporation has been the industry leader in building automation and energy management since 1987, providing small building solutions to save energy, lower utility costs and preserve the environment. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Advanced Control designs, installs and services building automation systems and is at the forefront of emerging technologies.
On June 17, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and training programs.
The funding will be given to selected projects that will help make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective. “These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies,” says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, “Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy.”
Since the nation’s 114 million households and 74 million square feet of commercial space account for 40% of U.S. energy consumption, advanced energy-efficient projects will certainly reduce the demand.
So who is getting the money? Projects were selected in five different categories:
- Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings – $22.5 million given to 12 projects to focus on transforming the design, operation and maintenance of both new and existing buildings. Organizations include: University of California in Berkeley, Honeywell, Siemens, Johnson Controls and more.
- Analysis, Design and Technical Tools – $ million given to 5 projects for improving building elements such as internal heat gains, lighting power, HVAC equipment, controls, thermal and visual comfort and energy costs. Organizations to receive money are: University of Central Florida, Cornell University, Syracuse University, University of Washington and Eaton Corporation.
- Building Envelope and Windows – $22.8 million given to 14 projects for improving the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings. Dow Chemical Company, Syntroleum Corporation and Quanta Technologies are just to name a few.
- Residential and Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research – $11.1 million given to 10 projects for dramatically increasing the efficiency of HVAC systems. Organizations include: University of Central Florida, Purdue University, General Electric, Chemtura Corporation and more.
- Water Heating, Residential, Commercial Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads – $6 million given to 4 projects for increasing the efficiency of water heating equipment. The money will be divided among TIAX, Whirlpool, Porticos and Stone Mountain Technologies.
See the DOE website for the full list of fund recipients. An additional $7.6 million will be given to develop training programs because the United States is in need of building experts who know how to properly run and tune building heating and cooling systems. With over twenty years of experience, Advanced Control Corporation is the industry leader in building automation, energy management, system integration, access control and CCTV solutions. As the finest controls company in South Florida, Advanced Control provides innovative building systems, cost-effective energy management, expert system integration and other comprehensive services.
Both Smith College in Northampton and Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts are using green building technologies to become LEED-certified.
Harvard Law School has implemented a new air efficiency system to improve indoor air quality and to decrease the cost of maintenance and energy in a 250,000 square foot structure. The building will hold classrooms, a student center and a clinical wing and is expected to receive LEED Gold Certification. With the new air efficiency system, Harvard will be able to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the facility while keeping energy costs down.
Smith College recently presented its new science and engineering building, Ford Hall. The $73 million engineering, computer science, biology and chemistry building spans 140,000 square feet. It has earned LEED Gold Certification for its environmentally-friendly features, particularly the building’s ultra-low-flow water fixtures. Ford Hall also receives high marks for its high-efficiency electrical equipment and computer-monitored sensors for light, air and moisture control, as well as the building’s passive-energy design, which maximizes daylight exposure through optimum window and glass placement.
Both universities are proud to present LEED-certified buildings that make use of energy efficient technology. Advanced Control Corporation is at the forefront of environmentally-friendly building management, with over 20 years of experience installing automation systems and control systems to buildings. Advanced Control Corporation provides energy efficient solutions such as lighting control, elevator monitoring and air quality control. Advanced Control ensures your building control systems function at optimal levels at all times so that people remain safe, comfortable and productive.