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.

Courtesy of Bluegrass Solar

Renewable power has a lot of things going for it, like saving money and even saving the planet. Now, add irony to the list. In early April, an unlikely advocate of solar power announced a new rooftop solar installation in the state of Kentucky.

The San Francisco Unified School District recently won a "2017 Best of Green Schools" award from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, partly for its "green" progress in recent years, but mostly for its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

There is more to clean energy than power that doesn’t pollute. According to government statistics, it also creates jobs.

With the cost of wind and solar technologies falling, renewable energy is experiencing dramatic growth.

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Boosting Data Center Efficiency

It is estimated that the nation’s servers and data centers consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, which was 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption.


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Direct to Connect

Buildings that can make their own energy have long been a goal for environmentally motivated architects and engineers, but the means for doing so have mostly been limited to bulky solar panels and wind turbines high enough to raise the ire of almost any community’s zoning board.


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Vermont's Sanders Introduces Major Solar-Energy Initiative

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., chairman of the Senate’s green jobs subcommittee, introduced legislation with nine cosponsors to encourage the installation of 10 million solar-power systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade.


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Proposed Grid to Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable

The energy needs of the world could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity by means of wind turbines. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural fluctuations in wind direction and strength.


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Report: Solar Could Meet 10 Percent of U.S. Energy Needs

Environment America, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, released a report, “Building a Solar Future: Repowering America’s Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy,” which outlines the road to meet 10 percent of the United States’ energy needs by 2030.


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Online Tool Tracks Solar Installations

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched a Web site, “The Open PV Project,” that will serve as an online tool for the photovoltaic (PV) market.


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Boost in Popularity

The North American market for ballasts is already recovering from the sluggish economic conditions of 2009, according to Randy Dollar, vice president, systems market development for Universal Lighting Technologies, Nashville, Tenn.


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