Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency: The goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.

Energy Efficiency: The goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. Always paying attention to the embodied energy of all products.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are said to be the twin pillars of sustainable energy policy and are high priorities in the sustainable energy hierarchy.

The Knowmad Gallery takes full opportunity of energy efficiency, making it one of the most important features of the home.


Geothermal heat & cooling - The main load of heating and cooling for the house is from a geo-thermal system. There are four wells in the property that provide the energy, once the energy is captured it is routed through the house like a standard forced air furnace. The extra energy that the geo-system captures also heats the hot water for showering, etc.

 


Soy based closed cell spray foam insulation by Demilec USA is used throughout the Knowmad Facility. Demilec USA’s spray foam insulation products can make homes and buildings more energy efficient by providing high R-values, creating an air barrier and utilizing some of the highest recycled and renewable contents commercially available.

 


Energy Star appliances are used throughout the Knowmad Facility. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.


 

Dual Flush Toto EcoToilet is another energy efficient product featured inside ADH/K. The Dual Flush Toilet is able to flush using at least 20% less water than is mandated by law and should not need to be flushed more than once to do their job. They require minimal cleaning with environmentally unfriendly detergents.


AgileWaves energy monitoring system to keep track of gas, water, and electricity used by the house.

The Resource Monitor, Agilewaves' flagship product, collects data from sensors placed in key areas. Real-time information on resource consumption that can be broken down to specific floors, rooms and appliances as desired and other data as customized — like the temperature, wind speed, and humidity of the attic — are delivered via touchscreen, Web page or phone. E-mail or text message alerts are sent when consumption approaches the limits set by the users, who can designate the thresholds in kilowatts, gallons, carbon or dollars.  The homeowner or property manager then acts on the information to bring energy consumption back into line. (via GreenBiz.com)


CoolR - an energy efficient metal roof material by Sheffield Metals. It differers from normal metal roofing in that it has a high reflectance rate, so the house doesn't gain too much heat from the sun in the summer.


Marvin Windows were installed throughout the Knowmad Facility. The energy efficient basics of Marvin windows are the following: Energy Star rated, a low U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and design pressure rating (DP). 

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measures how well a product blocks heat from the sun. In warm climates, the lower the number, the better. Here you want to keep heat out by choosing windows that reflect solar radiation. Less heat coming into the home means lower air-conditioning costs and a reduced carbon footprint. In cold regions, your windows can also help you take advantage of solar radiation, which is free heat that eases the workload of your furnace or other energy-powered heat source. A higher solar heat gain coefficient means a window will allow more heat to pass through.