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 modern movement toward more sustainable-energy practices has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. From renewable power to electric vehicles (EVs), few of these changes have gone unnoticed, and the trend affects almost everyone in one way or another.


Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels might not yet be a standard home appliance, but they could be on their way if current growth rates keep up. Even after several record years, installation figures continue to climb.

The Haworth Showroom at the Parkview Green in Beijing is the first project to certify under LEED v4

LEED v4, the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, reflects an ultimate goal by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): make a LEED-certified building forever green. A theme of “trust but verify” emerges as you look at the changes in LEED v4.

The house of tomorrow is now 90 percent here, according to Michael Koenig.

More on Green Building

 
Hybrid System Marries Solar With Natural Gas

While natural gas is emerging as the fuel of choice in the United States, that is not necessarily at the expense of renewable power. In fact, there is even room for the two to work together.


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Editors' Pick
Green Light, Control and Action

Lighting and control technology advances and creative daylighting implementation 
are propelling green lighting practices. ECs are being called on to employ their technical and creative skills 
to install and program new products and technologies.

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Bringing Efficiency Home

We have seen it before in the movies—machines so smart they start to talk to each other and think for themselves, to the point where they even turn against 
the humans who 
created them.

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Commercial Buildings Rebuild Green

Energy-efficiency-based renovations are surging ahead of new construction lately as legislation and the sheer cost of energy encourage building owners to find ways to slash power consumption.

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An Authority Figure

When you think about it, today’s electrical contractor (EC) is an energy-efficiency adviser. It may be a matter of reinvention, but it’s a logical destination.

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Market action

The Steady Elevation of High-Performance Buildings

In a growing world of green building, energy-efficient design and sustainability, you might assume the number of high-performance buildings is approaching the norm. Not quite.

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Building Energy Into the Plans

“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building developers.

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