Showing posts with label green building. Show all posts
Showing posts with label green building. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Power2U Wall outlet

As a builder and tech user, I've tried to come up with a solution to the question, 
"Where can we charge our mobile phones?" And it's not only phones, is it? We've got digital cameras, we've got tablets, laptops, GPS AND MP3 players. Plus if you use rechargeable batteries, there are those chargers. So many devices and so few places. 
These devices while charging are scattered all over the place and in my mind could/should be located in a central location. These "charging stations" could be located in mud rooms, near desks, entries or nightstands. A conventional receptacle doesn't have the capacity to charge more then 2 devices and can become cluttered. 

 Newer Technology Inc. has come up with a clever solution. The Power2U is an AC/USB wall outlet that not only is a conventional wall receptacle but also has 2 USB charging ports (for 3.0/2.0/1.chargeable devices) 
"An energy efficient "Smart Power" design with Safety Shutters reduces energy costs by providing only the charging amount needed as well as turning power off to USB ports when a connecting cable is removed."
Although I really like these Power2U outlets, as of now, they can't be used in new construction because of the tamper-resistant requirements of the NEC 2008 code. I have communicated with Newer Technology Inc. and they are working on such a tamper resistant outlet. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Recent Projects

Here are some projects from the last few Months. What an exciting time! New jobs and some stirring in the economy.
                                      2- story Garage-

Remove old garage.(all wood, shingles, cement, everything, taken to American Waste's Sorting/Recycling facility in Kalkaska, MI.)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


For the last two days, I've been attending the first GreenExpo365, an on-line virtual tradeshow. It runs through tomorrow. It's really pretty cool, with presentations (generally 2 per day) by nationally recognized Green builders and practitioners. It was put together by Green Builder Media, publishers of Green Builder magazine, and hosts of Green Builder College. Manufacturers such as Simpson Doors, Typar, Kohler, Whirlpool, Bay Systems and Premier Building Systems are there as are Energy Star and Environments for Living.
You start in the lobby where you can orient yourself into this new world and new conference experience. There's a help desk and signs pointing out the Expo, the Auditorium, a Networking lounge (which is very cool) and a Press Room.
What's really exciting and interesting about the whole concept is that this is all virtual. You enter a booth, look over info (some are PDF's, free for download, some are videos, some are links to their sites) A rep is there to answer questions via chat. There is no presssure and every representative that I chatted with was very helpful and offered to email any further info I wanted or was interested in.
In each of the spaces you have the ability to chat with fellow attendees, representatives of the various companies and people from Green Builder Media. We've talked about green products and green practices. I've seen some great products that I hope to offer my customers. It has really been a great learning experience. Check it out-you may learn something.