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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

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CFLs: Handle With Care
by Staff |

It was just brought to our attention that WUSA 9 News, a local news station for the Washington DC area, posted a very good article about the correct way to dispose of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Follow this link. It's a quick read.

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Brad Pitt Adopts New Orleans
by Staff |

Hollywood stars are using their powers for good. In 2006, Brad Pitt entered into a partnership with Global Green USA.

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Wind Power Bows for Scientific Study
by Staff |

The wind turbine pictured above is turned on its side, but it isn’t broken. The 11-foot blades are suspended just above the ground at one end with a 2,000-pound counterbalance pitched into the air at the other.

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Lone Star State Welcomes Wind Farm Development Texas Style

Lementing its role as the nation’s wind power leader, Texas is taking on two new wind farm developments on a scale that would make the state proud. In July, Shell WindEnergy Inc. and Luminant, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., announced a joint development agreement for a wind project in Texas.

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Solar Decathlon to Bring Sun to National Mall
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) third Solar Decathlon competition was held Oct. 12–20, 2007, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Future Looks Bright for Solar Power
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According to USA Today, solar power has been a cost-prohibitive alternative energy source for years, but several companies are working to make it more affordable.

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Pitzer College Upgrades Campus for a New Generation
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A small college of about 1,000 students in Claremont, Calif., is making some big changes on campus. Pitzer College has recently finished construction on three new residence halls that qualify for gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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