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 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

Despite a seeming current lack of interest in renewables and other green initiatives at the federal level, more companies, mayors, and states are picking up the slack and moving forward aggressively with such initiatives.

Released September 28, the 11th annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides information on how states rank in terms of their energy efficiency efforts, including those that are the most improved.

Already a leader among states in the adoption of green power policies, the Golden State has set its site on a new, more ambitious set of standards.

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Editors' Pick
Alternative Alternatives

With solar and wind energies maturing as recognized alternative-power sources, there are other alternatives providing clean power on scales both large and small.


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Spicing Up Shearer's Foods

“The first and most important part of a LEED project, or any project, is having a strong team working to achieve the goal. We were lucky to work on a project where the owner, Shearer’s Foods, was dedicated to achieve a Gold-level LEED certification,” said Richard W.


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Understanding the Need

Energy services present a growth market for electrical contractors (ECs). Your customers need to control their rising energy expenses, and that need is driving the emerging energy services market.


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Chicago Announces Citywide Network of EV Charging Stations

During the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago city officials announced the selection of 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, to design, build and operate a network of 280 EV charging stations throughout the Chicago area.


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CSUB and SunEdison Activate 1.2-MW Solar Parking Canopy

Horace Mitchell, president of California State University, Bakersfield, (CSUB), and Sun Edison LLC, a worldwide solar energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, hosted a ceremony to mark the activation of the 1.2 megawatt (MW) solar parking canopy located on the CSUB cam


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New York Energy Storage System Receives $17 Million From Recovery Act

U.S. energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that a $17.1 million loan guarantee has been finalized for the AES Westover facility. The loan guarantee will support the construction of a 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage system using advanced lithium-ion batteries.


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