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.

Energy efficiency and energy-use data collection are both trends in today’s green marketplace, and they were the topic of much discussion at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference, held in October in Los Angeles.


According to Annie Gilleo, 
state policy manager of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), many tried-and-true financial tools encourage the growth of energy-efficiency projects.


Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States.

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North American Climate Change Pledge Makes History

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Inside The Details: California’s Title 24, Part 2


Last month, I went over a brief history of California’s Title 24, Part 6, the current rules and what’s coming up. This month, let’s get more detailed about some of the current rules.


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When The Sun Sets: End-of-Life Planning for Your Solar Panel


Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have an impressive lifespan. Manufacturers often estimate it at 25 years, though many units installed in the 1980s are still going strong today. At some point, though, even the hardiest of these panels will fail.


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Wind Turbine Technician: Nation's Fastest Growing Occupation

A new report, "US Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015," published in April 2016 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), reported a record total of 88,000 jobs across the industry in early 2016 (including wind project development/construction, equipment manufacturing, field t


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Renewables Generation Growth Continues to Skyrocket

According to the latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, released late August 2016 by the US Energy Information Administration, renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels of previous years in every month so far this year, with both hydroelectric and non-hydroelectric (wind, solar, geother


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EIA Energy Conference Reveals High Hopes for Renewables

This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) held the 2016 EIA Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. Discussions focused on the state of the energy industry, with a real emphasis on the increasing role of renewables in the United States.


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