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.

A large offshore wind turbine being tested in Denmark set a record of 9 megawatts (MW) of power on Dec. 1, 2016. The V164 turbine produced almost 216,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 24 hours, enough to power approximately 7,200 homes in the United States for an entire day.

Though the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is uncertain under the current administration, one of its most successful programs, Energy Star, is doing a lot of good for the economy and electrical industry.

Despite its growing popularity, solar power does have its detractors. Pushback from utilities and lawmakers have made headlines in Arizona and Oklahoma. Now, add Utah to the list.                        

As renewable energy becomes mainstream, more providers are taking steps to store that power. Regulators are requiring more capacity, and utilities are responding to that challenge.

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Platinum In Portland

In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA), which delivers federal workplaces, turned its attention to transforming the Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW)—originally constructed in 1975—in Portland, Ore., into a landmark high-performance green building.


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Snakes and Shellfish

When today’s energy developers look offshore, most of them are concerned with oil and natural gas reserves lying beneath the ocean floor and the winds blowing a hundred or more feet above the water’s surface.


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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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Shining The Light On Super Solar Efficiency

Perhaps nothing showcases technology’s ability to innovate and change lives better than the science behind 
renewable power. Solar power’s high cost is well-established, but scientists at CalTech are developing cells with such hyper–
efficiency they could potentially eclipse the question of price.



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Grid Can Be More Reliable With More Renewables

If the United States stops burning coal, shuts down one-quarter of existing nuclear reactors and trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind, solar and other renewables will not result in a less reliable electricity grid.



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Hybrid System Marries Solar With Natural Gas

While natural gas is emerging as the fuel of choice in the United States, that is not necessarily at the expense of renewable power. In fact, there is even room for the two to work together.



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Editors' Pick
Green Light, Control and Action

Lighting and control technology advances and creative daylighting implementation 
are propelling green lighting practices. ECs are being called on to employ their technical and creative skills 
to install and program new products and technologies.


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