May 15, 2013
The James River Green Building Council hosted an event Tuesday at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall about greating 'Net Zero' buildings, which are buildings capable of generating as much energy as they use.
The Council says putting solar panels on roofs and improving insulation can make a big difference. They use the new student center at Virginia Tech as an example because it uses triple pane glass to save on energy.
Galen Staengl of Staengl Engineering says that there are even steps you can take at home.
"You have a lot of opportunities." says Staengl. "You can upgrade to more efficient lighting systems. Hot water is a big one if you do something like solar hot water or get a more efficient water heating system that helps a lot."
They mention that studies show that 'green' homes sell faster and are worth more per square foot.