Winkelman Blog

Growing in Popularity: Green Building

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Apr 17, 2017 8:29:00 AM

While the idea of "going green" has been around for many years, the concept has picked up momentum in recent years. In nearly every area of industry, you'll find opportunities for green initiatives. Why? Because there are real, tangible benefits associated with going green

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Topics: Green Building, Cost-Effective, Solar Power

Benefits of Solar Power Construction with Metal Roofs

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Feb 27, 2017 10:53:00 AM

Solar power construction is becoming more popular in the United States, but the idea of maximizing the efficiency of a solar system by pairing it up with a metal roof is not as popular as it should be. Solar and metal roofing make an ideal combination for cost savings, ease of installation and energy efficiency.

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Topics: Construction Planning, Solar Power

Building Sustainability: Solar Power in Construction

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 26, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Solar power provides energy to offices, schools, and municipal buildings. New advances in solar technology, along with reduced costs for solar materials and federal and state tax credits and rebates are making solar a popular choice for alternative and sustainable energy. It has become a desirable option for meeting energy needs in both the private and commercial sectors. Solar power is quickly making its way onto traditional power grids. And, with the growth of sustainable construction on the horizon, more people are looking to source their energy from solar power.

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Topics: Green Building, Cost-Effective, Construction Planning, Solar Power

How Solar Power & Geothermal Technology Are Similar and Different

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Solar energy and geothermal energy are both safe, renewable energy sources that do not depend on fossil fuels. Both options are successful in residential and commercial settings. They work well in conjunction with each other and they also excel as individual power systems. And, they occur together almost as often as they do separately.  

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Topics: Green Building, Solar Power

3 Lesser-Known Facts About Solar Power and Commercial Buildings

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Aug 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

By using solar panels to trap and convert the sun’s rays, solar energy can be converted into usable energy. Once converted, this energy is indistinguishable from the energy sourced from your electrical company in terms of its ability to power whatever it is you need to power. It is, however, different.

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Topics: Solar Power

David Winkelman: A Guest Blog About Energy, Fishing and How They're Related

Posted by David Winkelman on Jul 18, 2016 11:30:00 AM

David Winkelman is a serial entrepreneur for conservation. He has helped plan and launch seven businesses, beginning at age 18. Now, he is helping launch new conservation-minded and environmentally responsible initiatives. As one of the Winkelman brothers, David joined the family business in the early 70s, working construction during the summer months while attending St. Cloud State University. Currently, he travels throughout the Midwest talking to businesses about solar power and what it can do for them. In this guest blog, David shares some of his experiences and some of what he's learned in his 40+ years as a champion for conservation. 

When the family business started late 1960s, I was a college student working construction during the summer. When I went full time in 1973, I began specializing in energy, working on insulation and building controls.

I quickly became fascinated by the idea of free energy and ended up installing a wind turbine at my parents' farm. That turbine charged batteries, powered the chicken coop and awoke in me a deep interest in renewable energy. And, I’ve been on a mission ever since then to get renewable energy out into the world. 

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Topics: Solar Power

Solar Power: The Not-So-New Kid on the “Go Green” Block

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Jul 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

One of the earliest industries to adopt solar energy was space and space exploration. Yes, I’m talking about NASA. The same organization that put a man on the moon started using solar power in the 1950s. In fact, the oldest man made satellite orbiting Earth is also the first satellite to use solar cell power.

Solar isn’t new technology. Businesses and organizations looking for reliable ways to overcome obstacles and save money have turned to solar power for decades. Although the overall benefits and savings associated with implementing solar are well documented, it’s as if each area of industry needs to learn about solar power on their own terms and time line.

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Topics: Solar Power

The Winkelman Solar Process: 6 Steps to Solar [Images]

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Jun 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Winkelman's Step-by-Step Solar Process

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Topics: commercial construction, Solar Power

Solar Power Technology and Its Impact on Commercial Construction

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Jun 10, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Solar power has taken a quicker hold in residential markets than in commercial building, but as solar power technology grows, the tide is turning. Not to say there’s a decrease in residential solar. Just the opposite is true. What I am saying is that commercial construction is going solar, and we have technology to thank.

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Topics: commercial construction, Solar Power

How Solar Power Saves You Money Over Time

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on May 17, 2016 8:07:00 AM

It’s no secret that we’re living in a pretty expensive time. There seems to be additional charges or fees waiting around every corner, and even basic necessities keep rising in price. In times when everything seems more and more expensive, it’s worthwhile to research non-conventional ways to meet your needs.

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Topics: commercial construction, Solar Power