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.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

It’s no secret that the global economy, available energy supply and the balance-sheet status of the worldwide electrical supply-chain industry are never going to return to the levels they reached at the end of the 20th century. There is no optimistic rebound coming.


Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website InsideEVs.com.

The modern movement toward more sustainable-energy practices has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. From renewable power to electric vehicles (EVs), few of these changes have gone unnoticed, and the trend affects almost everyone in one way or another.


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San Jose Building Produces Zero Emissions
by Staff |

According to Sustainable Facility, Integrated Design Associates' (IDeAs) Z2 Building in San Jose, California, is the first commercial office building in the United States to achieve maximum energy efficiency and reach a net-zero energy/net-zero carbon emissions goal, using state-of-the-art solutions

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Trade Group Sows the Seeds for Green Building

Every young tree needs a stake before it can stand upright under its own weight. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently announced two new initiatives to help the budding green building movement put down its own set of roots.

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Idaho Announces Its First Geothermal Plant

Debunking the notion that all renewable power rides in on the wind or the rays of the sun, a developer in Idaho is pioneering a revolutionary, clean technology in the state’s first geothermal power plant.

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Green Building Puts Down Roots in U.S. Cities

It's a trend that could leave small towns green with envy. According to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), programs designed to encourage more environmentally friendly building construction have grown by a whopping 400 percent in U.S. cities since 2003.

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FERC Hydrokinetic Energy Project Policy Statement Allows Conditioned Licensing
by Staff |

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement allowing the commission to issue conditioned licenses for hydro-kinetic energy projects under appropriate circumstances.

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Colorado's Bella Energy Installs a Megawatt of Solar Power
by Staff |

Bella Energy, formerly Sun Electric Systems, a Colorado renewable energy company, announced it has installed a megawatt of power produced by solar energy in the Colorado and Rocky Mountain area.

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U.S. Wind and Solar Power Enjoys Another Year of Growth
by Staff |

According to the Wall Street Journal, solar and wind power enjoyed substantial growth in 2007, spurred by federal and state energy policies and incentives that support green energy sources.

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