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.

More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub.

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.

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Florida Utility Offers Rebates for Solar

With no shortage of sunlight, solar power is an attractive option in Florida. To help ramp up the appeal, the state’s largest electric utility has thrown in some generous financial incentives. This summer, Florida Power & Light Co.


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Virtual Power Plants

“VPP” is the latest electricity-system-of-the-future phrase in the expanding smart-grid lexicon.


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Strategic Approaches

According to the Division of Energy Resources (DOER) for the Rebuild Massachusetts Program’s strategic energy management booklet, it is useful to think of energy management as a three-phase process within which the effort and resources expended on gaining control of energy use, maintaining control


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Read The Signs

I recently did a workshop for a major city experiencing problems with inspections on photovoltaic (PV) systems during and after installation. The problem was between the inspection and fire department.


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Loan Program Gives Home Energy Upgrades a Boost

In the Herculean effort to wean the nation off fossil fuels, energy efficiency and renewable power share a common obstacle: cost. Despite growing national awareness and popular support, their prohibitive price tags prevent most American homeowners from making an upgrade.


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First 100 Percent Wind-Powered City in the United States

The city of Rock Port, Mo. holds the distinction of being the first community in the United States to be totally powered by wind energy.


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Payback Time

One of the biggest hurdles electrical contractors must jump when marketing their energy services is owners’ concerns about the initial investment they must make in order to reap the savings from a project.


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