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 Bullitt Center’s 575 rooftop solar panels and solar canopies produce 230,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

Today, some buildings can produce more energy than they use. Spurred by successful net-zero energy projects (also called zero-net), net-positive endeavors demonstrate the possibilities and potential in building design.

Macy’s distribution facility in Minooka, Ill.

Thanks to increasing adoption of renewable energy, declining market costs of many renewable technologies, and the availability of financial incentives that help subsidize the cost of installation, the photovoltaic (PV) panel market has grown dramatically over the past several years.

Filling out paperwork and documenting your company’s work may be one of the more mundane project tasks, but when green building certification is involved, that documentation serves several important purposes.

Farmington, Conn.-based McPhee Electric, a Phalcon Company, partnered with Collinsville, Ill.-based Day & Night Solar (DNS) to build a solar power installation on its own building.

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Net-Zero: There's Nothing To It

Improving the efficiency of our nation’s buildings certainly isn’t a new goal. The energy crisis of the 1970s spurred a wave of energy-reducing innovations, including the first generation of building-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels to produce electricity on-site. Since then, the U.S.


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Dam Nation

The most important renewable-energy source in the United States is most frequently overlooked. Wind and solar energy may capture more headlines (and congressional attention), but hydropower has held the title as the most productive—and, arguably, least expensive—renewable option for decades.


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Bridging The Generation Gap

The term “Intermittency” is often used when utility-industry experts discuss the drawbacks of renewable-energy supplies.


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A To Zed: Net-Zero

Net-zero energy buildings produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year, and they have been a goal for progressive designers and engineers for the last decade or so.


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Merck's Footprint Goes Solar

Global pharmaceutical Merck is using the power of the sun, with some help from federal stimulus money, to raise the green level of its facilities; the most recent of which is at its Upper Gwynedd, Pa., complex.


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Industry Can Grow With Energy-Efficiency Boom

Here is some promising news for electrical contractors and the entire industry: a study by the Rexel Foundation found that American consumers are driving the adoption of energy-efficient technologies.


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Batteries From Trees?

As the quest continues for new ways to store renewable power, making it a more competitive source of energy on a massive scale, the search for capable storage materials becomes more surreal.


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