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What Makes a Building Product Green

Standard commercial gas ranges generate heat and combustion gases that have to be removed by kitchen ventilation. In turn, that vented air has to be replaced by conditioned air that, in most climates, requires energy to heat or cool.

Induction ranges produce medium-frequency magnetic fields that generate electric currents in ferromagnetic pans, creating near instantaneous heat on the metal pan’s surface that heats food very quickly with precise temperature control. Because only the pan and the food are heated, the surrounding air and stove surface remain relatively cool. With no heat or combustion gases, using an induction cooktop can significantly reduce a restaurant’s HVAC energy consumption.

Products listed here are built with heavy-duty electronics and other components that make them suitable for everyday food production in commercial kitchens. Gas ranges do not differ significantly from one another in terms of fuel use or exhaust and are not listed.

GreenSpec Insights

Posted by Tristan Roberts on 04/18/2014

BuildingGreen is bringing its members changes to the industry-leading GreenSpec tool, making it easier on the eyes and faster to find products.

On April 19, BuildingGreen, Inc. rolled out a new GreenSpec tool to its members that has a...

Posted by Alex Wilson on 04/08/2014

Saving energy isn’t only about using less electricity and fuel; it’s about saving water.

In this weekly blog, I’ve focused a lot of attention on the energy-saving measures at our new home—from the...