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.

Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States.

In the energy industry, there is big business to be made in reclaiming wasted or unnecessary energy usage, and great strides have been taken in saving electricity. Now, ASHRAE and IES are tightening the belt on residential energy usage.

Renewable energy is about more than just tapping the power of the wind and the sun. Other, less obvious forms of technology hold great potential for clean and sustainable electricity generation.


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Know Your Options

According to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Star program, there are approximately 657,000 retail buildings in the United States—representing about 13.5 percent of all U.S. commercial space—and consuming approximately $21 billion worth of energy annually.


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Slow Water Currents Feed 'Fish Technology'

Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into renewable power.


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Conenergy Sells the Largest Solar Energy System on the East Coast

Pennsylvania Conenergy Group and its subsidiary, Epuron, announced the completion and sale of the Exelon-Conergy Solar Energy Center. The 3-megawatt project is located on the GROWS 16.5-acre landfill site, which is just outside of Philadelphia.


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Osram Sylvania: 78 Percent of Americans Unaware of Lamp Phase Out

A new national survey revealed that 78 percent of Americans are unaware of the federal legislation intended to phase out the incandescent lamp, starting in 2012.


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Clean Energy Could Power Green Stimulus in Pacific Northwest

President Barack Obama has made it clear that he will invest heavily in the renewable and clean-energy sectors to help launch a national economic recovery. According to a study released just before the election, at least one region of the country is ready for the challenge.


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Wind Energy Installations Continue Record-Setting Pace

While it will take more than wind power to break the country’s addiction to foreign oil, the United States continues to add new wind power facilities at a record pace.


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California Raises the Bar for Renewable Power

Never content with the status of pioneer in the nation’s quest for greater development of renewable power, California has taken steps again to raise the standards for other states to follow.


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