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.

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


In December, Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national non-partisan business group) and E4The Future (an energy efficiency advocacy group) released a report titled "Energy Efficiency Jobs in America."

Recently, the solar industry has managed to persevere and thrive, notwithstanding a political climate that is always casting an ominous cloud of uncertainty.

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.

More on Green Building

 
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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New Smart Home Uses 50 Percent Less Wire but Points the Way to More Electrical Work

A new showcase house, “Green Life Smart Life,” was recently completed in Narragansett, R.I. It should be of great interest to electrical contractors, despite the fact that it used 50 percent less wire than a conventional home of the same size. Smart homes are becoming more attractive to owners.


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Stimulating Solar

Who: Synergy Electric Co. Inc., Santee, Calif.


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NECA Still Paving the Way for Green Energy

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) was green long before it was in style.


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CEA Study Finds Homeowners Using Electronics to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Homeowners are factoring energy efficiency into purchase decisions of consumer electronics and appliances in an effort to reduce home energy costs, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).


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California Receives $90.4 Million for Efficiency and Green Jobs

California was awarded 90.4 MILLION in stimulus funds from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) to finance energy-efficiency projects and promote green jobs.


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Now It Sees You ...

The North Carolina State energy office reports that the typical office spends 29 percent of its electrical energy costs on lighting. Occupancy sensors can reduce these charges by 50 percent or more, at a savings of 5 to 20 cents per square foot.


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