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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

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Global Renewable Demand, and Investment, on the Rise

Two studies released recently confirm commonly accepted solutions to climate change are swelling on a global scale.

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Renewables in Europe Could Soon Displace Fossil Fuels

There will always be a little bit of the outrageous in renewable power. Yet, every day, in the realm of energy, what once seemed like the exclusive domain of fantasy becomes an accepted part of our lives.

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Microsoft Test-Markets Sludge Power

It is hardly a coincidence that renewable power and digital technology have come of age at the same time. Both thrive on innovations that help feed the other’s success.

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Scientists Tackling Cost, Charge-Life of EVs

Just as every new technology thrives on its own promise, drawbacks and flaws in the initial design also hold back progress. For example, computers were once the size of a room. Calculators were initially too expensive for most people to own.

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Favorable Outlook

Energy management is emerging as a focal point in construction conversations. Electrical contractors (ECs) need to be aware of the latest trends and understand their role in promoting energy management. They also should know how to expand that role.


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Solar Takes to the Seas

If the hallmark of renewable technology is its ability to harness the earth’s forces in new and imaginative ways, then one recent innovation is really riding a wave.

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Utilities Face Consumer Challenges for Smart Meters

Despite all the information about smart meters that electric utilities provide to encourage customers to participate in managing their energy costs, utilities still face challenges to smart meter introduction. These findings are from the 2012 J.D.

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