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.

Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.

Energy Storage is a major challenge for the renewable-energy industry. With sufficient storage, when the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing, intermittent power generation wouldn’t be such an issue.


A report released jointly in October by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and the World Wildlife Fund shows that leadership in the corporate world may now be fully engaged in the push for more renewable-energy generation.


As the economics of solar technology continue to change, homeowners are also changing the way they pay for rooftop installations.


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Philadelphia Embraces Energy Efficiency

With a boost of federal stimulus dollars, the City of Brotherly Love has warmly adopted a multifaceted plan for greater efficiency. In October, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city would receive $14.1 million in funding through the U.S.


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Recovery Act Provides Wind Power With a Gust of Third Quarter Growth

While the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) have come under intense scrutiny lately, praise is emanating from at least one benefactor.


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ACEEE Scores States on Energy-Efficiency Efforts

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the current economic downturn is not sidetracking state-level efforts to make the most of energy efficiency.


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U.S. Army Launches Huge Solar Project in Mojave Desert

The federal government owns approximately 650 million acres of land. That’s nearly 30 percent of all U.S. land, and much of it is unused desert.


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UNC and Duke Energy to Develop Coastal Wind Pilot Project

In a pilot project designed to harness the power of the ocean breezes along North Carolina’s coast, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and Duke Energy announced they have signed a contract to place up to three demonstration wind turbines in the Pamlico Sound.


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Greensburg Sees Both Sides of the Wind

It has only been two Years since a devastating EF5 tornado destroyed almost the entire town of Greensburg, Kan. The town is now pinning its future hopes on the force that nearly wiped it off the map.


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FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities to Distribute Energy-Efficient Lamps

Residential customers of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Ohio utility operating companies will receive two compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) through a company program designed to reduce electricity usage and increase awareness of the benefits of energy-efficiency measures, including lower electric bills.


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