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.

Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.

More on Green Building

 
Florida Voters Give Solar Power A Boost

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.



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New England States Collectively Evaluating Renewables

Government has always played an indispensable role in fostering the growth of renewable-energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.



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Energy Darwinism: Storage and Renewables

The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum.


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New out of old

Community Energy Renaissance

Be it eco-districts or district energy, the result is the same—independent power. In place for decades across the country, district energy is evolving. Eco-districts, a newly coined term, have priorities that often extend beyond energy.


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Research Dives Into Minds of PV and EV Consumers

With energy crises and climate change getting top billing in mainstream media, the green building movement is in full string and not going away anytime soon. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging are significant markets for contractors to keep an eye on.


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Electric Mobility Charging Up

As technology continues to play an expanding role in society, few realms are left untouched. Mobility is one of the many facets of our daily lives that is undergoing a dramatic transformation.


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Artist rendering of Solar Roadways
First Demo of Solar Roadways

On Friday, September 30, the city of Sandpoint, Idaho, was expected to provide the first public demonstration of what are called "Solar Roadways" at its town square.


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