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.

Renewable power owes its appeal to promises such as infinite resources and zero carbon emissions. Often overlooked is the possibility of dramatically lower energy bills for the customer.

As the Solar-technology industry tries to become more flexible to meet the needs of the residential market, some integrated systems are poised for large-scale adoption. Dozens of companies now offer building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); some products may gain traction while others will not.

President Trump’s Campaign pledge to bring jobs back to coal mines could be holding former coal workers back from another energy sector that is booming and predicted to maintain a strong growth curve for at least another decade. That sector is wind generation.


The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid.

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Corporations Embracing Renewable Power


A report released jointly in October by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and the World Wildlife Fund shows that leadership in the corporate world may now be fully engaged in the push for more renewable-energy generation.



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Loans And Cash Eclipse Leases And PPAs In The Solar Market


As the economics of solar technology continue to change, homeowners are also changing the way they pay for rooftop installations.



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Energy-Efficiency One of Largest Jobs Sectors and Growing, Study Finds

In December, Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national non-partisan business group) and E4The Future (an energy efficiency advocacy group) released a report titled "Energy Efficiency Jobs in America."


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Solar Growth Eclipsing Previous Records

Recently, the solar industry has managed to persevere and thrive, notwithstanding a political climate that is always casting an ominous cloud of uncertainty.


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International Climate Agreement Officially Ratified

The global embrace of renewable-energy technology is fueled largely by a shared goal to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate change.


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Renewable Industry to Continue Growth


The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide.



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National Energy-Efficiency Ranking Puts Two States On Top


California has long been a national leader in areas of renewable energy, digital innovation and fighting climate change. Occasionally, it surrenders the top spot to another state, as it has to Texas in the field of wind power. Sometimes, it gains it back.



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