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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

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First in Line

Analysis from Verdantix, an independent analyst focused on energy, environment and sustainability issues for business, shows that the market for carbon and energy management software in the United States will grow to $558 million by 2014.

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Define the Energy Project

Beginning with the set of feasible energy project opportunities that you identified in Step No. 4, Step No. 5 further analyzes them as a group to develop a comprehensive energy program.

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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
by Staff |

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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Progress for PVs
by Staff |

After much technical discussion in Code-Making Panel 4 and an appeal to the NFPA Standards Council, the requirements for a new product involving photovoltaic (PV) installations was inserted into 690.11 in the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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CALCTP Arms Contractors in Fight for Efficiency, Goes National

Competitive environments breed innovation and evolution, and California, with the most stringent energy-efficiency goals of all the United States, establishes many trends.

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