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.

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.

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.

Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States.

More on Green Building

Mid-Atlantic States Sitting on a Gold Mine of Power in Offshore Wind

For the development of offshore wind power, the road to market competitiveness and wholesale production of electrical power has been paved with controversy. But the resource potential remains vast.

New Flywheel Storage System Gives Smart Grid a Jolt in New York State

The Smart Grid is one of those intangible concepts now a fixture in national energy vernacular. A project that broke ground in November 2009 in New York state will offer the smart grid there a real-life boost and, in terms of the concept, something tangible and much more easily defined.

Starbucks Brewing Greater Green Achievements

Starbucks Coffee Co. is pressing forward toward its goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all new company-owned stores worldwide, beginning in late 2010.

Conducting Audits

Broadly speaking, an energy audit is the inspection, survey and analysis of energy use in a building, process or system. The purpose is to find energy conservation measures that, once implemented, will reduce energy costs.

Report States Green Policies Could Create 4.5 Million Jobs

A new report suggests green energy policies will be a major job creator in the United States. According to the report, “Estimating the Jobs Impact of Tackling Climate Change,” released jointly by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Management Information Services Inc.

New Jersey Celebrates 10 Millionth CFL Milestone

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced that more than 10 million Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have been distributed statewide as part of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. The milestone shows the state’s progress toward the future envisioned in Gov.

Report: Installed Cost of Solar PV Systems Fell in 2008

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) released a new study, “Tracking the Sun II: The Installed Cost of Photovoltaics in the U.S.