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.

The pursuit of renewables and energy efficiency continues in the United States. While the new federal administration may be more interested in fossil fuels, states and cities lead the way toward an energy industry supported by clean technology.

In response to a call for new clean energy projects from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his administration, Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind submitted a proposal to partner with Tesla in order to create Revolution Wind, the largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project in the

ULEBs can be found in several states and represent a range of building types in various climate conditions. Credit: ACEEE

According to the latest white paper from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, titled "Unlocking Ultra-Low Energy Performance in Existing Buildings," the United States is seeing a promising upward trend in ultra-low energy buildings (ULEBs).

In March 2012, West Liberty, Ky., a community of 3,400 in Morgan County, was hit by an EF-3 tornado. The town suffered $50 million in damage, 400 homes were demolished, and seven people were killed.

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Forecast Is Clear for Solar With One-Year Extension of Federal Grants

For solar industry advocates, a ray of light emerged recently from the new Congress. As reported in the January 2011 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, Congress passed and President Obama signed tax legislation that included a one-year extension of federal grants for renewable energies in December.


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First U.S. Commercial Tidal Power Plant Proposed for New York City's East River

New York-based Verdant Power has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that would allow the company to install up to 30 new tidal power turbines in the East Channel of the East River in New York City.


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San Francisco Planning for Total Green Energy by 2020

By 2020, the city and county of San Francisco is planning to be 100 percent powered by green energy. Talk about a highly ambitious energy plan.


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States Lead the Charge on the Clean-Energy Front

In the aftermath of the November 2010 elections, few are expecting the same level of support and generosity for renewable power that was the hallmark of the first two years of the Obama administration.


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Editors' Pick
A Rising Star

The nation’s nearly 130 million homes generate more than 20 percent of our nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. Combine that with roughly 75 billion square feet of commercial, industrial and institutional space, and the carbon footprint grows exponentially.


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Solar Commons

Individual rooftop solar panels have become a more familiar sight over the past several years. But not everyone has the correct south-facing rooftop, and renters are out of the market entirely.


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DOE Announces Nearly $21 Million in Technical Assistance Projects

During a live online chat at the White House, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 24 projects are receiving a total of $21 million in technical assistance to dramatically reduce the energy used in their commercial buildings.


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