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.

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.

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The World Is Paving the Way for Electric Cars

For some progressive industries, getting started is a little like the proverbial question of the chicken or the egg. For example, which comes first, electric vehicles (EVs) or charging stations?


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Massachusetts Sets the Bar for New Energy Storage

As renewables account for a growing share of electricity generation, storage also plays an expanding role. Government contributes to this expansion by setting standards and targets both for renewable generation and for new storage capacity.


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Small-Scale Solar PV Growing Exponentially

According to the latest report from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the June 2017 (latest data available) estimate for small-scale (less than one megawatt in capacity) solar photovoltaic (PV) output reached a new monthly high of 1,480 gigawatthours (GWh).


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Texas Study Finds Higher Resale Value in LEED-Certified Homes

When it comes to building valuable homes, a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) indicates that green may be the way to go.


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USDA Loans Help Rural Homeowners With Energy Efficiency Improvements

Despite the benefits of energy efficiency, upfront costs remain a hurdle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes this challenge, especially in areas where homeowners may not have many financing options.


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House Appropriations Committee Votes to Cut Energy Star by 40 Percent

The House Appropriations Committee voted on July 18 to pass the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, which provides $31.4 billion to federal investments in natural resources.


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EC Installs Solar On The Home Front


Farmington, Conn.-based McPhee Electric, a Phalcon Company, partnered with Collinsville, Ill.-based Day & Night Solar (DNS) to build a solar power installation on its own building.


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