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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The new Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif. Credit: Chad Ziemendorf
Zero Net Energy Center Joint Training Facility Opens in Northern California

You can’t create something out of nothing, but the Northern California Chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 595 were determined to zero-out their energy bill for their new training facility.

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Boston's Largest Rooftop Solar Development

Broadway Electrical Co. Inc. recently completed the engineering, procurement and construction of the largest rooftop solar array in Boston. The project is located in the Boston/Dedham Commerce Park. Broadway Electrical will also provide the operations and maintenance for the installation.


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Tidal Power Makes Waves In Scotland

Within the larger movement 
of green power, the fledgling tidal-energy industry has yet to make its proverbial big splash. With one project across the pond, all of that may soon change.


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Setting A New PACE

Upfront cost is one of the biggest challenges for commercial building owners interested in energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy installations.

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Old EV Batteries May Have New Life as Grid Storage

Once they have finished powering electric vehicles (EVs), it may not be the end of the road for those big batteries, according to a new research project underway at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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Renewable-Energy Sites Should Anticipate 14 Percent Rise in Outages Due to Cable System Failures

Imcorp, provider of the Factory Grade test for power cable systems, recently released its 2012 Annual Cable System Quality Rating for utility-scale renewable-energy sites.

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Solar Weather Forecasts to Improve Solar Power

Intermittency of solar power production is one of the major challenges utility operators face today.

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