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.

Recently, the city of Cincinnati announced the opening of a new green police station. As reported by the Architects Newspaper and ProudGreenBuilding.com, the District Three Police Station is set to become the first LEED platinum and net-zero-energy police station in the country.

There are too many metaphors to choose from, so we will refrain, but the point is green building isn’t going away anytime soon. In all likelihood, we will simply refer to it as “building” in the future. That isn’t an uncontested idea.

The first quarter of 2017 saw a record for the energy-storage-installation market, with 234 megawatt-hours (MWh) installed in the United States. While Q1 was the biggest ever for such installations, this quarter may represent a peak the industry doesn’t reach again for a little while.

When it comes to building valuable homes, a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) indicates that green may be the way to go.

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Starting From Scratch: Regenerative System Design

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Not Only About Batteries

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Green Bill of Health

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Blown Away

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