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.

The Temple Adat Shalom solar project is in direct alignment with its commitment to fiscal responsibility and mission to fund education services and programs for the entire congregation.

Baker Electric Commercial Solar recently installed a 76.16 kilowatts (kW) rooftop solar power system at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif. The 3,124-panel system is 1.15 megawatts.

It is becoming commonplace in the renewable energy sector for overlapping industries to team up for opportunities of scale and efficiency. Witness the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs) as not just a clean way to get around but as a key storage component of the smart grid.

A new Department of Energy (DOE) initiative is paving the way to ensure that more and more K–12 schools built in the United States are zero energy.

According to the latest report from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the June 2017 (latest data available) estimate for small-scale (less than one megawatt in capacity) solar photovoltaic (PV) output reached a new monthly high of 1,480 gigawatthours (GWh).

More on Green Building

Obama Raises the Bar for Renewable Energy, EVs

It should come as no surprise that President Barack Obama wants the nation to do more to exploit the benefits of green power.

Final Energy Savings Figures Announced for 2010 Energy Standard

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), more than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the recently published 2010 version of Standard 90.1 versus the 2004 standard.

Cox Communications Completes Fuel Cell Projects in California

Cox Communications completed a fuel cell project in Orange County, Calif., through a partnership with UTC Power. The Orange County installation joins two fuel cells that were announced in January at Cox’s San Diego location. Combined, the three installations produce a total of 1.6 megawatts.

Prototype Electric Vehicle Solar Charging Station With Energy Storage Unveiled

In late January, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), working with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), unveiled a prototype of a new, six-bay electric vehicle charging station at the EPRI laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn.

DOE and DOI Propose Solar Energy Zones in Six Western States

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) recently announced a comprehensive environmental analysis that identifies proposed “solar energy zones” on public land in six western states.

Wind-Energy Industry Expects Continuing Rise in 2011

America’s wind industry built 5,115 megawatts (MW) of wind power last year, barely half of 2009’s record pace, but entered 2011 with more than 5,600 MW under construction. With wind being cost-competitive with natural gas for new electric generation, utilities are moving to lock in favorable rates.

New Solar Technology Harvests Indoor Energy

Indoor energy harvesting is not a new idea, but it has been difficult to achieve. Think of all the direct and indirect sunlight that enters buildings everyday, and then find a way to collect that solar energy and convert it into useful electricity.