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.

Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.

Energy Storage is a major challenge for the renewable-energy industry. With sufficient storage, when the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing, intermittent power generation wouldn’t be such an issue.


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.


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


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