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Green Power: Solar Energy (02:30)


The sun's energy each day is enough to power the entire planet for a year. Solar power fits into the category of clean, green energy. The solar energy industry is part of America's economic recovery.

Energy Sustainability (02:33)

Clean energy contributes to the overall maintenance of people's health. Now is an ideal time to get involved in the green building business.

Sustainable Structures (02:44)

A sustainable home structure is something like a "thermos" with the appearance of a home. Energy-conscious architects and builders work with clients to create homes that meet aesthetic and energy efficiency requirements.

Solar Panels (02:17)

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are reshaping the landscape, covering more and more rooftops and enabling a growing number of homeowners to plug into the sun. Considerations for PV panel installation are share, roof pitch, and orientation to true south.

Solar Panel Installation (01:20)

The rooftop mounting system consists of standoffs that hold cross rails in place. Once the mechanical parts are in place, the solar panels themselves are installed.

Solar System and Conventional Electrical System (02:15)

Photovoltaic (PV) systems tie into the home's conventional electrical box through a series of conduits and DC shut-off box. Converted AC power can be used in the home. Solar panels are elevated from the roof to prevent overheating.

PV System in Remodeling and Building (01:33)

Each builder, remodeler and homeowner must be clear about the purpose of an intended PV system.

Solar Water Heating (05:23)

Solar water heating panels are attached with brackets to roof rafters. Panels are tilted to catch the maximum amount of sun. A closed pipe system controls the movement of cold and hot water throughout the system.

Passive Solar Design (05:10)

Passive solar design makes use of natural heat patterns. It is possible to make use of natural temperature cycles to create energy efficiency in restorations, remodeling, and new construction.

Energy Efficient Building Techniques (02:06)

Aside from insulation, remodelers use other techniques to keep a house cool in summer and warm in winter. These include load reduction, Star and energy efficient appliances, and updated lighting,

Integration of Passive and Active Energy Systems (03:29)

Passive solar design prevents overheating via overhangs above windows and doors. Remodelers can often use existing structures of add them to remodels. Passive solar features can be integrated with active systems such as photovoltaic.

Wind-Electric Power (02:32)

Wind force drives blades that will drive a generator. Residential wind current provides DC energy that can be converted. Zoning ordinances and townships often throw up roadblocks to wind turbine installations.

Residential Wind Systems (01:46)

Wind turbines are efficient and economical in areas where wind blows 12 or miles per hour. Most people do not have this degree of resource at their sites.

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Green Power, Clean Choices

Part of the Series : Green-ovating: Home Renovations for a Sustainable World
DVD (Chaptered) Price: $99.95
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Powering houses and heating water in more energy-efficient, sustainable ways is an important component of many remodeling projects. Whether it’s through the use of passive or active solar technologies, wind, or other renewable power sources, today’s remodelers need to understand the basics of green power so they can guide their clients toward smarter choices and then integrate these technologies into a home in the most intelligent way. Green Power, Clean Choices provides a fundamental understanding of how these technologies work and takes viewers to residential installation sites to see these systems in real-world applications. Correlates to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act). Viewable/printable discussion questions are available online. A Shopware Production. A part of the series Green-ovating: Home Renovations for a Sustainable World. (38 minutes)

Length: 38 minutes

Item#: BVL40433

ISBN: 978-1-61616-046-3

Copyright date: ©2010

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

Highly recommended by Science Books & Films, Best Videos 2015.

“This series speaks to a variety of audiences: tradespeople, laypersons, and those studying business or technology.... A valuable primer on an industry that will no doubt continue to become even more innovative in years to come. Recommended.”  —Educational Media Reviews Online

“The DVD involves five different professionals in green building and remodeling and is clear and easy to understand.”—Science Books & Films


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