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 age of digital technology, breakthroughs create demand for even more innovation. In the case of residential solar power, customers now need a way to safely and efficiently store the power generated from the panels on their roof.

Resiliency has become an important component for today’s coastal green buildings. Warren Hall, California State University East Bay’s LEED Platinum student and faculty support center, was built for occupant safety and long-term seismic strength.

The accelerating adoption of green building practices may transform sustainable construction from movement to norm. Globally, the green building market is doubling every three years, as revealed in “The World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report” by Dodge Data and Analytics, New York.

Right about now, the first of Tesla’s heavily promoted Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs) are rolling off of the assembly line.

The Bullitt Center’s 575 rooftop solar panels and solar canopies produce 230,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

Today, some buildings can produce more energy than they use. Spurred by successful net-zero energy projects (also called zero-net), net-positive endeavors demonstrate the possibilities and potential in building design.

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The First Solar-Powered Flight Around the World

Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi on July 25th at 8:05 p.m. EDT (Easter Daylight Savings Time) after completing a two-day solo flight in the airplane, Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), an aircraft powered 100 percent by solar power.


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EIA Energy Conference Reveals High Hopes for Renewables

This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) held the 2016 EIA Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. Discussions focused on the state of the energy industry, with a real emphasis on the increasing role of renewables in the United States.


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

It’s one small step for— No, actually it’s a really big leap for Salt Lake City into renewable energy.


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An Extra Boost: Corporations Invigorate Renewable-Energy Markets

Renewable energy’s increasing importance to the U.S. power generation portfolio is upending many aspects of an electrical system that has remained essentially unchanged for more than a century.


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IBEW/NECA Retrofit in Los Angeles Raises the Bar for Building Energy Efficiency

No profession is impacted more by the changes taking place in the energy sector than electrical contractors and electrical workers.


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