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.

In the race to gain more power from clean and renewable sources, government plays a major role. Recently, Sweden's government positioned itself as a world leader when it announced that it would transition to 100 percent renewables.

Denmark is shaping up to be wind power's sweetheart. In 2015, it generated 42 percent of its power with wind turbines. It is the highest portion of any country's energy needs fulfilled by wind. And Denmark is no stranger to this podium.

In the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.

In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.

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Efficiency Movement Not Strong Enough to Balance Rising Consumption

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

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

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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Space: The Final Frontier

The commercial construction market, in general, remains anemic, with one exception: data centers. Not only are we all buying more data-transmitting smart-phones, tablets, web-connected televisions—and, yes, even PCs—we also are moving data from our own hard drives to remote “cloud” servers.


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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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