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.

We’ve heard the wind-integration success stories from Sweden and Denmark, but we haven’t heard as much about how wind is contributing right now to U.S. electricity supplies.

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

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.

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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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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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