Green Building

 

A blooming industry, green building is rising with greater public demand, legislative focus, and code and standard mandates. With programs like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) becoming more popular, contractors are finding new building processes and technologies to be more efficient and environmentally minded. The below articles dive into alternative energies, energy efficiency, the smart grid, and more and include editorial from our annual special issue on the subject.

In March 2012, West Liberty, Ky., a community of 3,400 in Morgan County, was hit by an EF-3 tornado. The town suffered $50 million in damage, 400 homes were demolished, and seven people were killed.

Developing buildings that generate as much energy as they use during the course of a year has become an important goal for the most environmentally minded owners and architects over the past decade or so, and a growing number of projects are succeeding in meeting this ambitious target.

With only 265,000 customers, Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP) is among the nation’s smaller investor-owned utilities, though you’d never guess this from its influence as a renewable-energy innovator.

Wind farm on Columbia Hills, Windy Flats. Courtesy of Walter Sigmund on Wikimedia Commons

Results from a second quarter market report, released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on July 27, show a growing and evolving industry—from increased development to new projects and customers.

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Proposed design concept of the Living Building at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech Engages Students in the Study of Living Buildings

College campuses are great proving grounds for testing the boundaries of building energy efficiency.


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California, Massachusetts Lead the Nation in Clean Tech

The pursuit of renewables and energy efficiency continues in the United States. While the new federal administration may be more interested in fossil fuels, states and cities lead the way toward an energy industry supported by clean technology.


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Deepwater Wind Proposes World's Largest Combined Offshore Wind, Energy Storage Project

In response to a call for new clean energy projects from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his administration, Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind submitted a proposal to partner with Tesla in order to create Revolution Wind, the largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project in the


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ULEBs can be found in several states and represent a range of building types in various climate conditions. Credit: ACEEE
Ultra-Low Energy Performance Retrofits Are Growing

According to the latest white paper from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, titled "Unlocking Ultra-Low Energy Performance in Existing Buildings," the United States is seeing a promising upward trend in ultra-low energy buildings (ULEBs).


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The World Is Paving the Way for Electric Cars

For some progressive industries, getting started is a little like the proverbial question of the chicken or the egg. For example, which comes first, electric vehicles (EVs) or charging stations?


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Cincinnati Police Station Goes Net-Zero


Recently, the city of Cincinnati announced the opening of a new green police station. As reported by the Architects Newspaper and ProudGreenBuilding.com, the District Three Police Station is set to become the first LEED platinum and net-zero-energy police station in the country.


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Energy-Storage Installations Hit Peak In Early 2017


The first quarter of 2017 saw a record for the energy-storage-installation market, with 234 megawatt-hours (MWh) installed in the United States. While Q1 was the biggest ever for such installations, this quarter may represent a peak the industry doesn’t reach again for a little while.


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