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 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

Despite a seeming current lack of interest in renewables and other green initiatives at the federal level, more companies, mayors, and states are picking up the slack and moving forward aggressively with such initiatives.

Released September 28, the 11th annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides information on how states rank in terms of their energy efficiency efforts, including those that are the most improved.

Already a leader among states in the adoption of green power policies, the Golden State has set its site on a new, more ambitious set of standards.

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The Temple Adat Shalom solar project is in direct alignment with its commitment to fiscal responsibility and mission to fund education services and programs for the entire congregation.
Baker Electric Installs Rooftop Solar System on Calif. Synagogue

Baker Electric Commercial Solar recently installed a 76.16 kilowatts (kW) rooftop solar power system at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif. The 3,124-panel system is 1.15 megawatts.


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Vestas and Tesla Team Up for Wind Power Storage

It is becoming commonplace in the renewable energy sector for overlapping industries to team up for opportunities of scale and efficiency. Witness the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs) as not just a clean way to get around but as a key storage component of the smart grid.


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Devastated Kentucky Community Rebuilds With Green Energy


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.


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Scaling Up Net Zero

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.


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Leading The Way: GMP and Tesla Bring Battery Power to Vermont

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.


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Wind farm on Columbia Hills, Windy Flats. Courtesy of Walter Sigmund on Wikimedia Commons
Strong Q2 for Wind Energy—Developments Up 40 Percent and New Projects

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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