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.

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.

More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub.

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Editors' Pick
Let Your Experience Be Their Guide

The solar-power industry faces many challenges, and not all of them are of the financial variety. For many of your customers, entering this unfamiliar territory can seem daunting and risky, which may be a burden on them.


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Energy Conservation

As I mentioned in last month’s column, energy conservation is one of the four pillars of the electrical contractor’s energy services business. The other three pillars are energy efficiency, energy production and energy quality.


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Editors' Pick
Alternative Alternatives

With solar and wind energies maturing as recognized alternative-power sources, there are other alternatives providing clean power on scales both large and small.


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Spicing Up Shearer's Foods

“The first and most important part of a LEED project, or any project, is having a strong team working to achieve the goal. We were lucky to work on a project where the owner, Shearer’s Foods, was dedicated to achieve a Gold-level LEED certification,” said Richard W.


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Delegating the Conversion

Discussions about the cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems generally focus on the obvious: the price of the panels that turn sunlight into electricity.


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String Theory

In the past few years, hundreds of thousands of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have been installed for residential (dwelling) units, commercial buildings, industrial facilities and utility companies.


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Understanding the Need

Energy services present a growth market for electrical contractors (ECs). Your customers need to control their rising energy expenses, and that need is driving the emerging energy services market.


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