|In order to remain competitive, Everlast continually strives to research and implement new technology whenever it proves to be feasible from a cost-benefit perspective. As new technology presents itself, it is often expensive, and the advantages outweighed by the costs. Over time, however, upfront costs tend to decrease, and the long-term savings from new technologies become more and more attractive. Furthermore, many new technologies' savings are more than simply financial - most often these new technologies allow for savings in energy, reducing the overall demand on a country's infrastructure; they are developed in more environmentally friendly methods, reducing harmful effects on our planet and its atmosphere; they also allow for reduced waste and/or more efficient or reduced recycling needs.
The following are examples of new technologies gaining greater acceptance and widespread use as they've become more feasible to implement into projects:
ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)
These forms eliminate the need for traditional forming systems, that although reused a number of times, would eventually have to be disposed of. In addition to reducing waste materials, these forms serve multiple purposes - they insulate the cement as it cures, allowing construction to continue during colder months with reduced worries about compromising the cement's curing process; they eliminate the labour required to remove forms, since they stay in place; and they act as a superb final insulation, with an insulating panel already in place on both the outside and inside of the structural wall, without any need for additional labour.
Tankless Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters constantly hold hot water. Keeping this water hot at all times so that it is always ready for use is unnecessary, resulting in wasted energy, added pollution, and lost money. Tankless water heaters correct these issues by heating the water only on demand. This eliminates any energy requirements to maintain hot water, eliminates the area needed to store hot water, and eliminates lost money. Save energy, save space, save money!
This concept refers to obtaining energy (generally in the form of heat) from the earth. The operating principle behind this can best be compared to that of a refrigerator. A traditional refrigerator vents heat through a coil system, essentially pumping heat out of the enclosed area. A geothermal heating system performs the exact opposite, and on a much larger scale - its coil system runs hundreds of feet vertically or horizontally, underground, below the frost line, absorbing heat from the surrounding earth. The liquid running through the coils continuously cycles through the system. When the liquid runs through the heat pump, the heat pump absorbs the heat from the liquid. The cooled liquid continues on its cycle, absorbing heat from the earth surrounding the coils yet again, only to feed it back into the heat pump. These minuscule changes in temperature between the leaving liquid and returning liquid are what add up to enough energy to heat a home, at a very low cost.
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