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.

In February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.

The community solar market barely existed just a few years ago, but now the concept that allows even renters to invest in their own photovoltaic (PV) panels is going gangbusters in a number of states.

Conventional crystalline solar panels on a farm in Pottsgrove, Pa. Credit Tom Gibson.

Around the country, solar photovoltaic installations are sprouting on residences and commercial buildings. If Doug Neidich has his way, we’ll see many more of these, but of a different variety.

Green building trends have affected nearly every sector of the construction and renovation market, and schools and universities are part of it.

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New Green Building Initiatives

The green push sweeping society has not slowed. From products to companies, from government agencies to initiatives, green is the word.

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Energy Law to Eliminate Popular Household Reflector Lamps

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s efficiency regulations aimed at 40–100W incandescent lamps was passed in November 2007, and this month, another significant provision that targets reflector lamps will go into effect.

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A Green Foundation

Although some might still refute the evidence, more scientists and climate experts are claiming that the global environment is on a collision course with potential disaster. But where to begin to mitigate environmental degradation?

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Below 24 Volts

When you consider sustainability for residential or commercial projects, low-voltage power probably doesn’t even register. Top nods typically go to higher profile electrical and mechanical systems.

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Rebuilding Green

Until May 2007, the town of Greensburg was a rural county seat in western Kansas with a dwindling economy. On May 4, a tornado bulldozed nearly every structure and took the lives of 11 people. The tornado, rated an EF5, had wind speeds of more than 200 mph and cut a damaging swath 1.7 miles wide.

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National Lighting Bureau: People Misinformed About CFLs

"There's so much misinformation about mercury in compact fluorescent lighting [CFL], American consumers are being discouraged from using them. In fact, use of CFLs will result in far less mercury in the environment rather than more,” said John P.

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Study Reveals Water Needed to Produce Energy

It is easy to overlook the fact that most of the energy we consume daily is produced with the help of fresh water. Virginia Tech professor Tamim Younos and student Rachelle Hill are researching the water efficiency of some of the most common energy sources and power-generating methods.

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