California has always been forward thinking and willing to take on the challenges of the future, and in so doing often sets standards that the rest of the country comes to adopt. In this light, All Weather Insulated Panels (AWIP), based in the San Francisco Bay Area, believes it will play a fundamental role in reducing out country’s environmental footprint.
In the effort to reduce energy costs and consumption, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in 2008 originated the aspirational goal that calls for all new residential construction in California to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020, and all new commercial construction in California will be ZNE by 2030.
Being Zero Net Energy means the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. In short, these structures put back onto the grid what they take off, all to reduce global greenhouse gases.
Smartly, the CPUC recognized that efficiency is a crucial element needed to meet its goal, and products from AWIP will have important part in achieving ZNE standards. The CPUC states:
The energy used in buildings is the second largest contributor to California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions… Energy efficiency improvements in building design and operations substantially reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with buildings. Energy efficiency should be the first and largest step towards ZNE.
With the extremely high thermal resistance (R value) of our urethane foam core insulated metal wall and roof panels, which are capable of reaching above R-50, our products dramatically improve the efficiency of the building thermal envelope. Customers can expect new projects utilizing our insulated metal panels (IMPs) to use two-thirds or less of the energy in a typical existing home or structure.
During construction, AWIP panels arrive in one-piece, require no additional painting or treatment and are installed in a one-step process. That reduces construction cost. Not only that, they come in eye-catching facades and colors for outstanding visual appeal.
Bringing AWIP products to your building project will go a long ways to achieving the intended standard of having 100 percent of new homes in the state become ZNE in 2020. And we expect to see that trend permeate through the country.
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