Embodied energy

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Embodied energy

The energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, landscape, or site, from the acquisition of natural resources to product delivery. This includes the mining and manufacturing of materials and equipment, the transport of the materials, and the administrative functions. Embodied energy is a significant component of the life-cycle impact of a home, building, landscape, or site. Included are the product’s raw material extraction, transport, manufacturing, assembly, and installation, as well as capital and other costs of a specific material, in addition to disassembly, deconstruction, and/ or decomposition.
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This innovative technology is particularly attractive to the building industry where solar elements can blend into a building's skin and become virtually hidden energy sources.
Reading through the above opening paragraph of a recent study (December 2011) published by Chatham House titled "Burning Oil to Keep Cool: The Hidden Energy Crisis in Saudi Arabia", I could not help but predict what was about to unfold.
We are also leading the nation in promoting recycling with our plan to unlock the hidden energy value of organic waste, rather than discarding that waste into landfills and incinerators," he said.
This way, it is possible to detect hidden energy wasters such as electronic devices that appear to be off but are really on standby or phantom power.
Another hidden energy drain is lighting, which accounts for about 10% of an electric bill.
The hidden energy cost of transport wipes out many products' environmental claims.
Finding the hidden energy costs can be a source of substantial savings for food manufacturers if they know where to look.
Others believed that the area between the eyebrows is the spot where there is a third eye--a point of hidden energy and wisdom.
This hidden energy use--often generated by fossil fuel power plants--contributes to the production of greenhouse gases, including about 1% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the International Energy Agency.
It is always present, it is a hidden energy source, and it either helps or hinders a vessel's progress--no one can stop its influence.
It doesn't take so long to reach 62nd Street at the far end of Central Park and find hidden energy for the final sprint.