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.

Gaston Electrical's headquarters

In March, Gaston Electrical Co.
 Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release.

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.

Government has always played an indispensable role in 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.

The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum.

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Wind Turbine Technician: Nation's Fastest Growing Occupation

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EIA Energy Conference Reveals High Hopes for Renewables

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Salt Lake City Plans to Use 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2032

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By Heisenberg Media (Flickr: Elon Musk - The Summit 2013) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
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