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.

The United States, Canada and Mexico share more than common borders. Their economies are intertwined through industry, trade and consumption patterns.

Last month, I went over a brief history of California’s Title 24, Part 6, the current rules and what’s coming up. This month, let’s get more detailed about some of the current rules.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have an impressive lifespan. Manufacturers often estimate it at 25 years, though many units installed in the 1980s are still going strong today. At some point, though, even the hardiest of these panels will fail.

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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Turnkey Solar Power Plants Unveiled in Germany

If solar is the world’s most plentiful source of energy, it could be argued that the practical implications of solar technology should be equally limitless.


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Newport, Ore., Selected as Home of Pacific Marine Energy Center

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), which is based at Oregon State University, chose Newport, Ore., as the future site of the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave-energy test site in the United States—the Pacific Marine Energy Center.


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Living Green: Multifamily Dwellings

Multifamily residential structures account for more than half of the buildings in the United States and 21 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which analyzes electric power consumption nationwide.


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Lifting All Boats: Green Construction Outlook

Looking at the four years measured in billions (B) of dollars, residential numbers climbed from $7B to $10B to $14B to $25B. Nonresidential grew from $3B to $25B to $47B to $60B. In all, green construction represented 44 percent of the building market in 2012.


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Hybrid Power

Conversations about renewable energy often come down to a comparison—solar versus wind, for example, or hydroelectric versus geothermal—as though one technology, alone, could provide the single answer to our need for safe, emissions-free electricity production.


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Going Back To School

A transformation is in the air as better built, greener schools become a focus of states and local communities.


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New York State Investing in Renewable Power

With all of the help and all of the hype they have enjoyed in the last few years, renewables are starting to get their proverbial legs underneath them. That is not to say they have progressed beyond the point where they could use some assistance from the public sector.


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