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.

Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States.

In the energy industry, there is big business to be made in reclaiming wasted or unnecessary energy usage, and great strides have been taken in saving electricity. Now, ASHRAE and IES are tightening the belt on residential energy usage.

Renewable energy is about more than just tapping the power of the wind and the sun. Other, less obvious forms of technology hold great potential for clean and sustainable electricity generation.


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The Steady Elevation of High-Performance Buildings

In a growing world of green building, energy-efficient design and sustainability, you might assume the number of high-performance buildings is approaching the norm. Not quite.


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Building Energy Into the Plans

“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building developers.


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Working Smart: Rebate Fundamentals

Though utility rebates on energy-efficient electrical products have waxed and waned during the past 20 years as a function of the economy and legislative landscape, experts confirm that they have remained a primary and highly effective tool that is driving upgrade projects across the nation.


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The new Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif. Credit: Chad Ziemendorf
Zero Net Energy Center Joint Training Facility Opens in Northern California

You can’t create something out of nothing, but the Northern California Chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 595 were determined to zero-out their energy bill for their new training facility.


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Boston's Largest Rooftop Solar Development

Broadway Electrical Co. Inc. recently completed the engineering, procurement and construction of the largest rooftop solar array in Boston. The project is located in the Boston/Dedham Commerce Park. Broadway Electrical will also provide the operations and maintenance for the installation.



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Tidal Power Makes Waves In Scotland

Within the larger movement 
of green power, the fledgling tidal-energy industry has yet to make its proverbial big splash. With one project across the pond, all of that may soon change.



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New Battery Could Aid Solar And Wind-Power Transmission

Despite the growing popularity of solar and wind power, the two renewable technologies still suffer from one glaring weakness: both generate power at nature’s mercy.



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