With a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utica College of Syracuse University, Brian Vanderburgh has more than 25 years of experience in the field. He career includes work for Las Vegas development companies, and he currently provides developmental, preconstruction, and construction services with Hedrick Brothers Construction as vice president. In this role, Brian Vanderburgh assists the company in its commitment to developing sustainable construction projects.
Here are some technologies and designs used in sustainable construction:
1. Photovoltaic (PV) Arrays – PV devices use semiconductors to generate electricity from sunlight. PV arrays, or solar arrays, are made up of a group of PV solar panels that produce electricity via the combined surface area of the array.
2. Lighting Controls – Lighting controls save energy by automatically turning lights on and off. Motion sensors, photo sensors, and timers are examples of lighting controls that conserve energy without the need for manual switching.
3. Roof Overhangs – Deep roof overhangs can keep a building cool in the summer and aid in keeping it warm in the winter. Generally, an overhang facing south in the northern hemisphere allows less light into windows in the summer and more warming light in the wintertime, resulting in year-round energy savings.