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.

On May 10, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its latest City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. In announcing the report, the ACEEE noted, "As the federal government weighs budget cuts to energy efficient programs, cities are stepping up efforts to reduce energy waste.

The success of renewable power is often measured by the latest, biggest and best. Another record is broken. A new facility is the biggest ever. And so on.

Politics is all about rhetoric, and the current administration is no exception.

Renewable industries are known for outsized accomplishments, and the United States is home to many of them. Witness the massive battery storage project constructed by Tesla Owner Elon Musk in Nevada.

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EIA Releases Energy Outlook

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DOE Finalizes Loan Guarantee to Support World's Largest Wind Project

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a partial loan guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan has been finalized to support the world’s largest wind farm.

A Greener Shade of Green

Today, many companies are forming “Green Teams” with the primary objective of reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations, which usually includes reducing energy consumption. This makes the earth and the bank account greener.

Floating Wind Turbines Take to the Skies

The latest frontier in wind energy carries creativity and imagination to new heights.

Huge Growth on the Horizon for Solar Installation

Like all emerging technologies, renewable power continues to struggle with the challenge of cost competitiveness.

Love Affair With Coal Has Cooled

In the face of the juggernaut moving toward green power, one question looms unanswered: What will become of coal?

First Solar Power Tower Plant in United States to Use Molten Salt Storage

Solar power has many fine attributes as a clean, renewable-energy source, but the major drawback for large-scale solar power is storing the electricity that is generated during the day so it can be used at night or when the utility needs it.