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.

When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation.

The support for alternative energies, and solar power in particular, remains strong. Renewable power technologies continue to achieve new efficiencies and to become more feasible.

Energy-saving practices, such as rooftop solar panels and increased efficiency through smart lighting and home automation, are becoming mainstays of new construction, spurred on by recent legislation in cities like San Francisco.

Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to make a green commitment. According to the Sierra Club, 27 cities are pledging to use 100 percent renewable energy by various deadlines. In the past year, more than a dozen joined. The Sierra Club keeps a record on its “Ready for 100” website.

More on Green Building

250-Megawatt Solar Ranch to Be One of World's Largest

Construction is scheduled to start early this year on the 250-megawatt (MW) California Valley Solar Ranch Project in San Luis Obispo County.

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.