What exactly is a “green building”?  Well, according to Wikipedia, a “Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.”

The purpose of a “green building” is to be efficient with design, water and energy as well as to reduce waste and to improve employee health and safety.

A few examples of how to make a building “green” are 1) choose a design strategy – this can really affect energy performance. Buildings that have white roof or energy efficient shape and orientation, solar design, and using natural lighting are examples of eco-friendly design strategy.  2) installing a high-efficiency lighting system with motion sensors.  3) installing an energy-efficient heating/cooling system. 4) use ultra low-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads.

In my little hometown, Reid’s Landscaping is the only “green building” that I could think of.  They use solar panels to help reduce the amount of energy that they use.

Solar power is very safe.   It emits no carbon dioxide, fumes or pollution, and the panels can produce power for at least 25-30 years. The sun’s light contains energy. When light hits an object the energy turns into heat.  But when light hits certain materials the energy turns into an electrical current instead, which we can then harness for power.  Solar power cells use the energy of speeding photons to create an electrical current within a solar panel. The solar panels contain two layers of silicon; one with a positive charge and one with a negative charge. When the sun’s rays land on a panel, electrons move from one layer to another, creating an electrical current. The inverter takes the current and converts it into usable power (240V AC).


Written by: Haven Lamothe
Posted On: Categories:Miss Teen Lanark County

11 Responses to Reids: Environmentally Green Building

  1. Fay Tucker says:

    Interesting concept. There is a home on the Blakeney Road which also has solar panels on the roof. Many farmers have installed large solar panels in their fields.

  2. Stacey Devoy says:

    Very well done, Haven.

  3. Gilles Roy says:

    Well written Haven! Very proud of your dedication in completing all assignments required by the pageant.

  4. Debbie Roy says:

    Hey beautiful! Love this piece on solar energy…well done!

  5. Barb Schizkoske says:

    Great job, Haven. There are not a lot of green businesses to choose from when you live in a small community. It’s nice to know that Reid’s Landscaping shows such respect for our environment! Thanks for telling us about them!

  6. Wayne lamothe says:

    Very interesting and informative article keep up the good work

  7. Wendy Reed says:

    That’s interesting Haven. I didn’t realize that Reid’s is a green building. That’s great!

  8. Marilyn Vollebregt says:

    Very interesting read, Haven. Mind if I use it next year in my class? I would like to use it to prep my students for the CASI.

  9. koraleigh says:

    very well written sweetie.

  10. Vanessa says:

    So nice to see that a local business in a small town is so environmentally friendly. Thanks for teaching us a little something!

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