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 Bullitt Center’s 575 rooftop solar panels and solar canopies produce 230,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

Today, some buildings can produce more energy than they use. Spurred by successful net-zero energy projects (also called zero-net), net-positive endeavors demonstrate the possibilities and potential in building design.

Macy’s distribution facility in Minooka, Ill.

Thanks to increasing adoption of renewable energy, declining market costs of many renewable technologies, and the availability of financial incentives that help subsidize the cost of installation, the photovoltaic (PV) panel market has grown dramatically over the past several years.

Filling out paperwork and documenting your company’s work may be one of the more mundane project tasks, but when green building certification is involved, that documentation serves several important purposes.

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.

More on Green Building

DOE and DOI Propose Solar Energy Zones in Six Western States

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) recently announced a comprehensive environmental analysis that identifies proposed “solar energy zones” on public land in six western states.

Wind-Energy Industry Expects Continuing Rise in 2011

America’s wind industry built 5,115 megawatts (MW) of wind power last year, barely half of 2009’s record pace, but entered 2011 with more than 5,600 MW under construction. With wind being cost-competitive with natural gas for new electric generation, utilities are moving to lock in favorable rates.

New Solar Technology Harvests Indoor Energy

Indoor energy harvesting is not a new idea, but it has been difficult to achieve. Think of all the direct and indirect sunlight that enters buildings everyday, and then find a way to collect that solar energy and convert it into useful electricity.

Clean Energy Charges up on Record Levels of Investment

At least one sector of the economy hasn’t been affected by the recession.According to the London-based research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment in clean energy reached record levels in 2010.

Editors' Pick
Full Charge Ahead

To borrow a horse-racing metaphor, electric vehicles (EVs) have barely left the starting gate in their efforts to transform our transportation system, but forecasters predict a growing market for the charging equipment needed to keep them on the road.

Raytheon Teams With Software Developers to Develop Wind Farm Solution

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)selected Raytheon Co. to develop an advanced wind turbine modeling tool. The tool will provide an accurate assessment of the turbine’s effects on radar systems throughout the United States.

Innovative Energy Technology Transforms Wasted Heat into Electricity

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing two companies for innovative new products that recycle wasted energy and turn it into usable electricity in homes or small buildings.