PR FOR PLANET EARTH
Eneref campaigns are organized efforts to influence decision making toward socially responsible sustainable development.
Right To Daylight
The Right To Daylight Campaign encourages homeowners, architects, and building owners to use daylight as a primary light source. Natural interior daylight offers a multitude of benefits beyond energy savings. It is the highest quality light source available for interior environments and provides excellent color rendering and color balance.
In commercial buildings, natural interior daylight is one of the fastest greenhouse gas reducing paybacks you can buy, because it shrinks both energy bills and re-lamping maintenance costs. The fact is, introducing daylight into buildings provides energy savings, excellent lighting quality and more beautiful interior spaces.
Daylight in Schools
Our goal of this Constellation Networking Group is to help overcome the market obstacles to increasing the use of natural interior daylight in school facilities. The use of natural interior daylight, or “daylighting,” increases student performance, a key finding in the 1999 Heschong Mahone report “Daylighting in Schools: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Daylighting and Human Performance.”
We invite school administrators to work one-on-one with daylighting industry executives. Eneref Constellation network groups streamline the adoption of new ideas and technologies by providing test beds, encouraging communication between companies and end-users, and leverage expertise so that stakeholders can share solutions.
Solar Thermal Advantage
Compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. solar thermal industry is almost too small to accurately measure. Some estimates suggest that the U.S. represents less than 0.5% of the world market. Europe encompasses 14% of the world’s solar thermal installations, and China has a global market share exceeding 70%.
Unlike the more common solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which are designed to generate electricity, solar heating uses the sun’s energy directly to heat water, much the way a car gets hot while sitting under the sun. Often providing up to the majority of a building’s hot water needs, solar water heating, or solar thermal, systems are a perfect fit for such a hot-water- intensive industry. Solar hot water for food production applications, such as beer brewing, are designated by the solar industry as solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP), or simply process heating.
One of the most effective uses of process heating is in the food and beverage industry.Once a solar heating system is installed it begins to save on the cost of energy right away. And once the energy savings pays for the installation, the thermal energy created by the system is free. Research by Eneref Institute has found a well-designed solar heating system can operate successfully for 30 years–well beyond the time needed to pay for the system.
Reinvent Workplace Initiative encourages people and organizations to use the cloud in a way that allows more employees to work nearer to their home. A national commitment to encourage more cloud commuting will grow our economy and global competitiveness, increase our national security and significantly reduce our carbon emissions.While technology is already moving us toward cloud commuting, getting more people there sooner will also reduce our energy needs while unburdening our tired and congested infrastructure.