"Green" is the word.. Is the Word..is the Word
"Green - Green - Green" tops "Location - Location - Location"
Granite Ridge Builders is going green! New ideas and innovative products have made it easy and fun for Granite Ridge Builders to choose Green. We are committed to helping are environment and you. Therefore, we have put together a beginners list of definitions to help you understand "Green Building"
Definitions to know:
Green - Relating to or advocating ecological awareness and preservation of natural resources.
Renewable - A naturally occurring raw material or form of energy that will be replenished through natural ecological cycles or sound management practices (e.g., the sun - solar, wind, water - geothermal, hydro, biofuel power).
Carbon Footprint - The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.
Global Warming - An increase in the near surface temperature of the Earth. Global warming has occurred in the distant past as the result of natural influences, but the term is most often used to refer to the warming predicted to occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases.
Salt or Sea Water Intrusion - refers to the natural process whereby salt water encroaches on dries up fresh water reservoirs and replaces the empty wells, aquifers, creeks.
Is a natural process that occurs in virtually all coastal aquifers, where they are in hydraulic continuity with seawater. It consists in salt water (from the sea) flowing inland in freshwater aquifers. This behavior is caused by the fact that sea water has a higher density (which is because it carries more solutes) than freshwater. This higher density has the effect that the pressure beneath a column of saltwater is larger than that beneath a column of the same height of freshwater. If these columns were connected at the bottom, then the pressure difference would trigger a flow from the saltwater column to the freshwater column.
For further information see show 59 of Between The Studs, Located at http://www.graniteridgebuilders.com/images/movies/grb59-1.wmv
Did you know?
Plastic litter in the ocean kills more than 100,000 marine creatures each year.
More than 200,000 plastic bags hit landfills every hour, that's 500 trillion per year. The U.S. uses 100 billion per year - that's 552 per family and usually each bag is used for just half an hour or so to carry goods home from the store.