Energy Storage

Impressive Green Buildings is exploring practical energy storage technologies that optimize the use of generated resources and address peak demand use issues.  Examples of these energy storage technologies include thermal storage in buildings to anticipate heating and cooling needs, hot water storage for solar thermal, and battery storage for power outages.

Electric Vehicles

The development of electric vehicles is a logical extension of our interest in renewable energy and energy storage.  Impressive Green Buildings is converting gas-engine vehicles to all-electric motor vehicles as one component of our energy platform.  We are exploring the use of electric vehicles not only for transportation but as a source of energy back-up for homes and a means to address peak demand use issues.

Energy Monitoring

An energy system is only as efficient as its control system.  Impressive Green works to optimize efficiency and minimize waste by installing cutting-edge monitoring and control stations.  Our systems monitor your energy use for an accurate calculation of your needs, provide real-time feedback on energy consumption, and use efficiency measures such as peak-demand energy generation to cut costs.

Energy-Efficient Concrete Construction is one of the most efficient ways to begin “going green”.  Concrete buildings have exceptional advantages in energy efficiency, due to their properties of stable building temperature and low air infiltration.  As a result, concrete buildings are easier and cheaper to heat and cool than traditionally-constructed buildings. 
For new construction, building with concrete Tilt-Wall Construction is one of the most efficient ways to begin “going green” and these concrete buildings have exceptional insulating and wind resistant properties to provide the highest in energy-saving advantages – as well as fire retardant properties and in some cases, significant insurance savings!  With rising energy costs and the desire to reduce personal and corporate impact on the environment (ones “carbon footprint”) has given a lift to the industry of Tilt-Wall construction.
Concrete tilt-up panels have been used for years in the construction of warehouses, office buildings and manufacturing facilities. Their owners have benefited from the speed and lower costs of tilt-up construction, as well as, in many instances, lower lending and insurance rates. Tilt-wall construction offers excellent uniformity in building temperature with its inherent high R insulation rating. This ultimately reduces the energy required to heat and cool the building. Find out more about Tilt-Wall green buildings at our showroom in Myrtle Beach today.  Go to our (link to contact database) for an appointment or call us 843-215-2607.

Concrete homes are known for their durability and cost-saving features. With ICF construction, homeowners are finding that they can design their new concrete home to look just like a wood-frame house, but they reap many added benefits by choosing to build with concrete instead.
Concrete home construction reduces the homeowners heating and cooling costs and virtually eliminates the fear of being caught in the path of a major hurricane.  ICF homes are built using easy to erect and stay in place forms made of high-density plastic foam and is filled with fresh concrete and steel reinforcement rods to creat a super-insulated thermal airtight sandwich wall that is quiet as well as fire and strong wind resistant.
 
The interior and exterior walls of an ICF constructed home can be finished with most standard materials that are found on wood frame homes and the styles range from Victorian to Colonial to ultra-contemporary.  It is very hard to distinguish between a wood frame home and a concrete home and ICF custom homes are being built in large numbers in areas vulnerable to devastating hurricanes and tornadoes.

Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems use the free, abundant energy of the sun to provide hot water.  A Solar Thermal system can provide up to 75% of hot water needs over the course of the year.  The system is composed of rooftop panels that house collector tubes.  The fluid in the tubes collects heat and transfers the heat to water, which is stored in a storage tank for immediate or later use.  Solar Thermal systems are appropriate for home, business and industrial use.  Businesses with significant hot water needs, such as hotels, restaurants and carwashes, can realize huge savings with a solar thermal system.

Benefits of solar thermal hot water:

”    Decreased energy costs:  Providing hot water from the energy of sunlight can cut your hot-water related costs, whether electric or gas, by over 50%.

”    Decreased energy use:  With solar thermal, the energy to heat water comes from a renewable source rather than a non-renewable, fossil-fuel based source.

”    Tax Credits:  South Carolina residents can realize tax credits of 50% (federal and state) of the upfront cost of the system

Wind Power

Wind Power is an energy system that converts wind into electrical energy for your home or business.  A wind turbine system consists of a tower topped by a rotor that is turned by the wind.  The mechanical energy of the spinning rotor is converted into electrical energy, which can be used to power appliances.  A wind power system can provide at least 25% of the electricity for a home or business.  Wind power can be combined with solar power in a hybrid system that is an efficient way of providing renewable energy.

Benefits of wind power:

”    Decreased energy costs:  Wind-generated electricity can replace a significant portion of your grid-provided electricity.

”    Decreased energy use:  With wind power, the energy to run your appliances comes from a renewable source rather than a non-renewable, fossil-fuel based source.

”    Round-the-clock Energy Production:  Unlike solar systems, wind systems can generate electricity 24 hours a day.

”    Tax Credits:  Government tax incentives can provide a 30% rebate of the upfront system cost.

Photovoltaic Solar Energy

Photovoltaic Solar Energy is what we typically think of as “solar power” and is a rooftop system in which solar panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity.  The electricity generated can be used to power home, business and industrial appliances.

Benefits of Photovoltaic systems:

”    Decreased energy costs:  Solar-generated electricity can replace a significant portion of your utility-provided electricity.

”    Decreased energy use:  With solar power, the energy to run your appliances comes from a clean, renewable source rather than a non-renewable, fossil-fuel based source.

”    Low maintenance:  Photovoltaic systems operate silently, have no moving parts and are virtually maintenance-free.

”    Tax Credits:  State and federal tax incentives can refund 50% of the system cost to you.