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.

As with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, 
the consumer market for electric vehicles (EVs) gets the glamour, but fleets can be where real money is made.

Government has always played an indispensable role fostering the growth of renewable energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.

While most media coverage of solar power has focused on the industry’s steady growth, not all reports are rosy. According to the online electrical industry news source, Utility Dive, solar’s bright fortunes could be taking a slight dip on the horizon.

To be of use, solar energy must be converted into heat, electricity or mechanical power.

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An Extra Boost: Corporations Invigorate Renewable-Energy Markets

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IBEW/NECA Retrofit in Los Angeles Raises the Bar for Building Energy Efficiency

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Renewables Hit a High Mark in Germany

Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time.


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