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.

The United States, Canada and Mexico share more than common borders. Their economies are intertwined through industry, trade and consumption patterns.

Last month, I went over a brief history of California’s Title 24, Part 6, the current rules and what’s coming up. This month, let’s get more detailed about some of the current rules.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have an impressive lifespan. Manufacturers often estimate it at 25 years, though many units installed in the 1980s are still going strong today. At some point, though, even the hardiest of these panels will fail.

This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) held the 2016 EIA Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. Discussions focused on the state of the energy industry, with a real emphasis on the increasing role of renewables in the United States.

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CEA Study Finds Homeowners Using Electronics to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Homeowners are factoring energy efficiency into purchase decisions of consumer electronics and appliances in an effort to reduce home energy costs, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).


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California Receives $90.4 Million for Efficiency and Green Jobs

California was awarded 90.4 MILLION in stimulus funds from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) to finance energy-efficiency projects and promote green jobs.


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Now It Sees You ...

The North Carolina State energy office reports that the typical office spends 29 percent of its electrical energy costs on lighting. Occupancy sensors can reduce these charges by 50 percent or more, at a savings of 5 to 20 cents per square foot.


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Sunshine State Gets First Solar-Powered City

Despite the hype, renewable power still faces hurdles to becoming a mainstream source of energy. Along with the need to bring down prices, renewables also need to perform on a mass scale. A new real estate development appears to have addressed that issue.


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Solar Energy Fanning out in North Carolina

In one of the nation's most ambitious projects of distributed generation, Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy recently announced it will build between 100 and 400 electricity-generating mini solar power plants throughout the state over the next two years.


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Sunny Side Up

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) dials in the sun to help distribute a vital resource to 26 cities. The District of Columbia is harnessing solar rays to run a new fountain.


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The Key to Building Green

According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), green building, also known as sustainable or high-performance building, is the practice of creating structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s life cycle.


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