Decisions to improve energy efficiency stem from multiple sources. Enforceable energy codes dictate some choices in new construction. Budget concerns will determine the difference between the best life-cycle cost choices and what can actually be afforded. Home energy audits identify existing points of energy loss and suggest areas of potential improvement. Becoming aware of very old and emerging technologies for energy efficiency, is enough to get the wheels turning for some. A desire to improve the environment is motivation for many. Whatever the reason, the decision to help conserve our natural resources is a good investment in the future. Good choices can be made during design, including; positioning buildings on site, passively minimizing energy use, and using active technologies to lower, recapture or generate energy on site. This course encourages and examines construction component choices and lifestyle choices that result in energy savings. Because all such actions ultimately result in a desirable preservation of natural resources.
Paul Spite is a graduate of Ball State University, and he is a licensed professional architect in multiple states. By inclination, he is a seeker of knowledge. Paul is also an experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. He is skilled in Land Development, Feasibility Studies, Renovation, Construction, and Sustainable Design. He is a strong business development professional with two bachelor’s degrees focused on Architecture and Environmental Design.