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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Foot In The Door: Offshore Generation Development Comes Stateside


By the time you read this article, offshore wind turbines will have moved from promise to reality in the United States. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm is now generating electricity off the Rhode Island coast.


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Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm. Photo credit: Deepwater Wind
Block Island Wind Farm Begins Generating Electricity

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm officially began generating electricity on Dec. 12.


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ASHRAE, IES Open Revised Residential Energy Standard for Industry Input

In the energy industry, there is big business to be made in reclaiming wasted or unnecessary energy usage, and great strides have been taken in saving electricity. Now, ASHRAE and IES are tightening the belt on residential energy usage.


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Tidal Energy Projects Ride The Federal- Funding Wave


Renewable energy is about more than just tapping the power of the wind and the sun. Other, less obvious forms of technology hold great potential for clean and sustainable electricity generation.



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Texas Utility Says Goodbye To Coal


Severing the cord to fossil fuels is one of the primary objectives of the renewable-energy movement, and utilities have tremendous influence. Texas has been a leader among states in tapping into its renewable resources.


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A Look To The Future At Greenbuild 2016

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.



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Green Bank Boom Helps Finance Clean-Energy Projects


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.



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