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 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

Despite a seeming current lack of interest in renewables and other green initiatives at the federal level, more companies, mayors, and states are picking up the slack and moving forward aggressively with such initiatives.

Released September 28, the 11th annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides information on how states rank in terms of their energy efficiency efforts, including those that are the most improved.

Already a leader among states in the adoption of green power policies, the Golden State has set its site on a new, more ambitious set of standards.

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Green Bank Boom Helps Finance Clean-Energy Projects


According to Annie Gilleo, 
state policy manager of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), many tried-and-true financial tools encourage the growth of energy-efficiency projects.



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Circular Electric Power: Cradle-to-Cradle Thinking Enters the Contracting World

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.


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Measuring To Manage: California’s Title 24 Makes It Easier

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.


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Gaston Electrical's headquarters
Gaston Electrical Installs Rooftop Solar Power On Headquarters

In March, Gaston Electrical Co.
 Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release.



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Florida Voters Give Solar Power A Boost

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.



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New England States Collectively Evaluating Renewables

Government has always played an indispensable role in fostering the growth of renewable-energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.



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Energy Darwinism: Storage and Renewables

The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum.


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