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 house of tomorrow is now 90 percent here, according to Michael Koenig.

Followers of the renewable-energy market pay close attention to the sector’s three leading market research firms: Navigant Research, GTM Research and IHS.

Rather than plugging it into the wall, imagine charging a cell phone or other portable device by simply rubbing it with the palm of your hand. The user actually creates the electricity and becomes a discrete, reliable and the ultimate distributed source of power generation.

It’s a complicated time to be an electricity-generating company in the United States. Volatility in the natural gas market is forcing utility planners to rethink fueling options, and new emissions regulations are adding even more questions to their long-term forecasts.

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Renewable Energy Center Gives Second Life to Former Maine Naval Base

It’s almost an axiom that new technologies often get their start in the military. Take the Internet.

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High Cost of Solar May Be Sunsetting

In the years that renewable power has been fighting for market competitiveness, overcoming the high capital costs compared to conventional energy sources has always been the big challenge. Now, for at least one form of renewable energy, it appears that challenge may have been met.

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Efficiency Movement Not Strong Enough to Balance Rising Consumption
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The United States is making the greatest push in its history to use renewable energy. However, thus far, one of the biggest obstacles for implementing renewables has been the United States’ exorbitant energy demand, which accounts for 26 percent of the world’s energy consumption.

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Empire State Building Saves Millions of Dollars in First Year of Energy-Efficiency Plan
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One year after a retrofit project, the Empire State Building has exceeded its year-one energy-efficiency guarantee by 5 percent, saving $2.4 million.

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New EV Charging Infrastructure Expo Unites Industry Leaders
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The electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) industry is growing. By 2017, it is estimated that $4.3 billion will be spent on EV charging equipment.

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Iowa Embraces Small Wind Power

Already one of the nation’s wind power leaders, Iowa has taken another step to harness its vast renewable resource.

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Utilities Getting More Power From the Sun

For renewable power to reach complete penetration into mainstream markets, all the relevant players, including customers, government agencies, private industry and utilities must fully participate.

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