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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San Jose Building Produces Zero Emissions

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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Healthy Energy

According to the joint commission, a healthcare accreditation organization in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., healthcare facilities are highly dependent on reliable sources of electrical power and need to both assess the risks of power failures and make plans to deal with such emergencies.

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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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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

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

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

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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