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.

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.

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.

More on Green Building

Chicago Announces Citywide Network of EV Charging Stations

During the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago city officials announced the selection of 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, to design, build and operate a network of 280 EV charging stations throughout the Chicago area.

Survey: 75 Percent of Consumers View Solar and Wind Energy Favorably

The future of the U.S. energy supply is a topic of fierce debate in the political and business arenas, and consumer opinion is a vital component of the broader discussion about the pros and cons of various paths toward a clean-energy future.

Survey Shows Rise in Demand Response, Advanced Metering Use

The use of demand response and advanced metering programs has risen significantly since 2008 to cover more consumers around the country, according to a new staff report issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Air Force Solar on the Rise

The U.S. Air Force’s energy plans are about to take off.

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.