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.

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.

Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.

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Making Cities 'Cooler'

A report published in December 2016, "Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington DC," documents how the District of Columbia could save $5 billion over 40 years with smart surface technologies, such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, bioretention, rainwater harvesting, reflective pavements, permeable


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International Climate Agreement Officially Ratified

The global embrace of renewable-energy technology is fueled largely by a shared goal to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate change.


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Renewable Industry to Continue Growth


The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide.



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National Energy-Efficiency Ranking Puts Two States On Top


California has long been a national leader in areas of renewable energy, digital innovation and fighting climate change. Occasionally, it surrenders the top spot to another state, as it has to Texas in the field of wind power. Sometimes, it gains it back.



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Foot In The Door: Offshore Generation Development Comes Stateside


By the time you read this article, offshore wind turbines will have moved from promise to reality in the United States. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm is now generating electricity off the Rhode Island coast.


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Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm. Photo credit: Deepwater Wind
Block Island Wind Farm Begins Generating Electricity

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm officially began generating electricity on Dec. 12.


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Green Bank Boom Helps Finance Clean-Energy Projects


According to Annie Gilleo, 
state policy manager of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), many tried-and-true financial tools encourage the growth of energy-efficiency projects.



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