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.

In 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

Despite a seeming current lack of interest in renewables and other green initiatives at the federal level, more companies, mayors, and states are picking up the slack and moving forward aggressively with such initiatives.

Released September 28, the 11th annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides information on how states rank in terms of their energy efficiency efforts, including those that are the most improved.

Already a leader among states in the adoption of green power policies, the Golden State has set its site on a new, more ambitious set of standards.

More on Green Building

CSUB and SunEdison Activate 1.2-MW Solar Parking Canopy

Horace Mitchell, president of California State University, Bakersfield, (CSUB), and Sun Edison LLC, a worldwide solar energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, hosted a ceremony to mark the activation of the 1.2 megawatt (MW) solar parking canopy located on the CSUB cam

New York Energy Storage System Receives $17 Million From Recovery Act

U.S. energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that a $17.1 million loan guarantee has been finalized for the AES Westover facility. The loan guarantee will support the construction of a 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage system using advanced lithium-ion batteries.

Dominion Virginia Power Proposes Rate Options for Charging Electric Vehicles

Dominion Virginia Power proposed a pilot program to offer time-of-day pricing options to encourage off-peak charging of electric vehicles, taking another step in supporting the arrival of plug-in vehicles in the marketplace.

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.