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.

Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.

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Report: Installed Cost of Solar PV Systems Fell in 2008

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) released a new study, “Tracking the Sun II: The Installed Cost of Photovoltaics in the U.S.


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Vice President Pushes for Expanded Home Energy-Efficiency Retrofit Industry

The green revolution and America’s economic recovery are indelibly intertwined. Doubters of this connection need only check the latest headlines.


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3-D PV System Based on Optical Fiber Could Provide New Options

Converting sunlight to electricity might no longer mean large panels of photovoltaic (PV) cells atop flat surfaces like roofs.


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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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Turning up the Temperature

One of the ways a building’s energy consumption can be reduced, as part of an energy management plan, is to incorporate a heat-recovery system, which intercepts waste gases before they leave the industrial process or before they are exhausted from a building.


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International Transmission Project to Tap Montana Winds

Recognizing the state’s vast energy production potential, federal and state officials recently announced projects to tap one of Montana’s greatest underdeveloped natural resources.


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