Civil and Structural Engineering
• Structural Engineering • Parcel Splits and Subdivisions
• Road Designs • Topographical Mapping
• Site Plans • Grading Plans
• General Surveying • Lot Line Adjustments
• Greenhouse Analysis and Permitting • Drainage Studies
• Perc. and Mantle Tests • Septic System Design
• Compaction Testing • Geotech Testing
• Title 24 (Energy Calcs) • House Plans and General Drafting
• Modular Home Design • Retaining Walls
• Rock Walls • Pond Designs
Lincoln and Long Engineering
Since 1977, Lincoln and Long Civil Engineering has offered homeowners, contractors and developers prompt and dependable service from one of the most experienced full-time staffs in the area. Our philosophy has always been that we serve the people and contractors of California. By this we mean that we will always strive to provide the most cost-efficient solution for our clients, while upholding the highest standards of our Engineering profession and abiding by the local requirements.
We offer the broadest range of services in the area, making Lincoln and Long the ideal one-stop Civil Engineering firm. You save time and money by not having to travel all over the county to get the job done.
No matter what your engineering needs, Lincoln and Long will guide your project through to approval and completion.
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Green Building and Net-Zero
What is a Green Home?
By describing a home as green it would typically mean that the home is built with sustainable building practices that have a low carbon footprint. These include but are not limited to:
Lumber based construction. Lumber used in construction is quite a good source of renewable building material. When harvested sustainably, a forested area can be harvested every 30 years or so. Lumber is the primary building material for most homes in California. It is used as the frame, the roof trusses, the exterior structural sheeting for the walls and the roof, floor systems, decking and more. Most alternatives to lumber are not as sustainable and most have a much higher carbon footprint. Applications are growing for lumber as well, cross laminated timber or CLT, is a newer method of fabrication of lumber building materials and it is so strong it can be used to build small to medium sized skyscrapers.
Using renewable energy to power the home. In California this generally means using solar power. Solar power has been a very efficient power generator for years, but it continues to become more efficient. As of early 2022 the price per kilowatt hour is around $2.00 per watt. An average system is around 5000 watts so the cost of a new system for an average house can run around $10,000. When you compare this to the average utility bill in California, which is around $100, then you can assume the system is completely paid for in about 8 years 4 months. Every month after that the owner would be saving that utility cost. All this without using power that is generated without a CO2 output.
Using water efficient fixtures and instant hot water heaters instead of traditional tank water heaters. As instant hot water heaters can produce hot water on-demand they save energy by not needing to keep the whole tank of water heated.
Effectively insulating a house to reduce the energy required for heated and cooling.
Using low thermal emissivity windows, or Low-E. These windows block a good amount of the heat of sunlight and UV without reducing the light.
Some other popular building materials that are sustainable; bamboo flooring, Cork insulation, Hempcrete or Grasscrete, refurbished wood and steel.
What is a Net-Zero Home?
The term Net-Zero means that the home produces as much energy as it uses. Typically, this is achieved by first designing and building the home to reduce the amount of energy it would use daily. This is done by using energy efficient lights and appliances, sufficiently insulating the house, orienting the house and windows on the house to maximize sunlight entering the house in the winter and minimize the amount entering in the summer, as well as other methods. Then it is determined how much electricity the house will use and an adequate number of solar panels is sized to supply the necessary amount of power. This way the house will not need to take any energy from the power grid.