Energy Efficient Architecture is the topic of an upcoming "Champions of Industry" segment with host Jimmy Johnson

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The practice of designing and building "green" continues to be emphasized.

Each year, billions of dollars are poured into the design and construction of new structures. Recently, there's been a heavy emphasis on creating new living and working spaces that are efficient and rely on less energy to function.

Public television series "Champions of Industry," hosted by Jimmy Johnson, will be airing a segment on energy efficient architecture. It will detail energy-efficient building design along with innovations in energy-efficient building products. In decades past, architects recommended trees next to large windows to reduce solar heat gain. Now they recommend double-pane and triple-pane windows that provide superior insulation, as well as windows that have variable solar heat gain coefficients. These examples will be only a portion of those featured in the segment.

Given rising energy costs, energy efficient design is of concern to all homeowners (and renters alike). Varying levels of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council) accreditation is awarded to buildings that meet certain requirements and lessen impact on the environment.

The award winning series, that provides short educational documentaries on subjects featuring changes in industry and society (e.g. humanitarian endeavors, health and safety issues, cutting-edge innovative products), has won eighty-five Telly Awards from 2003 to 2013. "Champions of Industry" is not affiliated with PBS. Its segments are individually distributed to public and commercial television.

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