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.

Courtesy of Bluegrass Solar

Renewable power has a lot of things going for it, like saving money and even saving the planet. Now, add irony to the list. In early April, an unlikely advocate of solar power announced a new rooftop solar installation in the state of Kentucky.

The San Francisco Unified School District recently won a "2017 Best of Green Schools" award from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, partly for its "green" progress in recent years, but mostly for its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

There is more to clean energy than power that doesn’t pollute. According to government statistics, it also creates jobs.

With the cost of wind and solar technologies falling, renewable energy is experiencing dramatic growth.

More on Green Building

Recently Approved Tax Bill Extends Renewable-Energy Tax Credit, Industry Sources Weigh In

In late December, the U.S. House of Representatives approved final passage of the tax bill that includes a one-year extension of the 1603 investment tax credit for developing renewable-energy sources, such as wind and solar power.

Department of Commerce Launches Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, along with seven other U.S. government agencies, launched the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative.

DOE Wants to Help Homeowners Score Their Own Energy Efficiency

Lately, it seems everyone is embracing energy efficiency. It is the weapon of choice in the fight against wasteful electricity, greenhouse gases and global warming. Easy to talk about on loftier levels, it’s maybe not as easy to translate into real world terms.

FHA Backs Energy-Efficiency Home Improvement Loans

In the quest to transform the use of electricity in the United States, efficiency measures face some of the same obstacles to widespread adoption as their green-energy cousin, renewable power. In particular, cost is the great inhibitor.

Organizations Partner to Build Energy Industry Work Force

ACT Inc. and the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) announced a partnership designed to provide a common entry point for individuals interested in pursuing energy-industry careers.

PV in Sunny Milwaukee

The surface of the earth receives a tremendous amount of energy from the sun daily.

J F Electric Posts Time-Lapse Video Showing Solar Installation

J F Electric recently completed a solar installation on its headquarters in Edwardsville, Ill. As if that wasn't cool enough, they put together a time-lapse video presentation of the installation and uploaded it to YouTube. Watch and enjoy!