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.

Renewable power owes its appeal to promises such as infinite resources and zero carbon emissions. Often overlooked is the possibility of dramatically lower energy bills for the customer.

As the Solar-technology industry tries to become more flexible to meet the needs of the residential market, some integrated systems are poised for large-scale adoption. Dozens of companies now offer building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); some products may gain traction while others will not.

President Trump’s Campaign pledge to bring jobs back to coal mines could be holding former coal workers back from another energy sector that is booming and predicted to maintain a strong growth curve for at least another decade. That sector is wind generation.


The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid.

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Research Dives Into Minds of PV and EV Consumers

With energy crises and climate change getting top billing in mainstream media, the green building movement is in full string and not going away anytime soon. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging are significant markets for contractors to keep an eye on.


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Electric Mobility Charging Up

As technology continues to play an expanding role in society, few realms are left untouched. Mobility is one of the many facets of our daily lives that is undergoing a dramatic transformation.


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Fleeting Benefits: EVs Find a Home in the Commercial Market

As with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, 
the consumer market for electric vehicles (EVs) gets the glamour, but fleets can be where real money is made.


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New England States Collectively Evaluating Renewables

Government has always played an indispensable role fostering the growth of renewable energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.


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Solar Industry Could Be Contracting

While most media coverage of solar power has focused on the industry’s steady growth, not all reports are rosy. According to the online electrical industry news source, Utility Dive, solar’s bright fortunes could be taking a slight dip on the horizon.


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Artist rendering of Solar Roadways
First Demo of Solar Roadways

On Friday, September 30, the city of Sandpoint, Idaho, was expected to provide the first public demonstration of what are called "Solar Roadways" at its town square.


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North American Climate Change Pledge Makes History

The United States, Canada and Mexico share more than common borders. Their economies are intertwined through industry, trade and consumption patterns.


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