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.

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

In February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.

The community solar market barely existed just a few years ago, but now the concept that allows even renters to invest in their own photovoltaic (PV) panels is going gangbusters in a number of states.

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NPS Lights First Net-Zero Visitor Center in U.S. National Park System

The National Park Service (NPS) opened a net-zero energy visitor center in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), the first of its kind in the nearly 400 parks that make up the NPS system.

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Efficiency, Renewables Gaining Traction

With all the popular momentum and political discourse buoying the transformation in the way the United States consumes and generates its power, measurable differences in energy patterns should become increasingly evident.

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New Standards Put EV Charging in the Fast Lane

If every form of promising new technology has a catch, then, with electric vehicles (EVs), that catch has to be the charging times.

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Smart Grid Technologies and Renewable Power Integrate

Integrating the various forms of renewable energy into our complex patterns of transmission, distribution and consumption is nothing less than a monumental transformation. On the other hand, the industry is making great strides, and new smart grid technologies are playing a vital role.

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Event Aims to Integrate EVs, the Connected Home and Mobility

AT&T, BMW and Tendril held a joint hackathon in New York on Nov. 16–18, 2012, focusing on application development around the intersection of electric vehicles (EVs), mobility services, sustainability and the connected smart home.

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From a Gust to a Breeze

As you read this article, the election is over but wind-energy proponents likely still are biting their nails over their own extremely tight race.

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Verify Project Performance

In this eleventh and final step of the energy services project delivery process, the electrical contractor (EC) follows up with the customer to verify that the project continues to perform as planned and helps the customer correct any warranty, guarantee or performance issues discovered since projec

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