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 the race to gain more power from clean and renewable sources, government plays a major role. Recently, Sweden's government positioned itself as a world leader when it announced that it would transition to 100 percent renewables.

Denmark is shaping up to be wind power's sweetheart. In 2015, it generated 42 percent of its power with wind turbines. It is the highest portion of any country's energy needs fulfilled by wind. And Denmark is no stranger to this podium.

In the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.

In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.

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Lifting All Boats: Green Construction Outlook

Looking at the four years measured in billions (B) of dollars, residential numbers climbed from $7B to $10B to $14B to $25B. Nonresidential grew from $3B to $25B to $47B to $60B. In all, green construction represented 44 percent of the building market in 2012.


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New Jersey Pole Tops Tapped for Solar Power

If renewable energy is driven by innovation and creativity, then the state of New Jersey has taken these driving forces to a new extreme.


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Solar-Energy Storage Market to Reach Nearly $2 Billion in 2018, Report Projects

According to the National ­Alliance for Advanced Battery Technology, the confluence of powerful trends underway across the nation’s electrical-energy system is driving the need for a drastically different approach to managing the grid system in the 21st century.


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Japan Ditches Nuclear for Offshore Wind

In march 2011, immediately following the triangular disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor, Japan promptly shut down all of the nation’s 54 nuclear reactors.


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Solar Job Market Sizzling, Funding for Training Lags

With all the hype and the ­investment that has been given to the solar industry in recent years, it should come as no surprise that the industry is taking off. That means job opportunities in the industry are also plentiful.


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Hybrid Power

Conversations about renewable energy often come down to a comparison—solar versus wind, for example, or hydroelectric versus geothermal—as though one technology, alone, could provide the single answer to our need for safe, emissions-free electricity production.


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Going Back To School

A transformation is in the air as better built, greener schools become a focus of states and local communities.


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