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.

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.

It’s no secret that the global economy, available energy supply and the balance-sheet status of the worldwide electrical supply-chain industry are never going to return to the levels they reached at the end of the 20th century. There is no optimistic rebound coming.


Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website InsideEVs.com.

The modern movement toward more sustainable-energy practices has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. From renewable power to electric vehicles (EVs), few of these changes have gone unnoticed, and the trend affects almost everyone in one way or another.


More on Green Building

 
Rewards for Being Energy Efficient
by Staff |

Progress Energy Florida awarded its largest incentive check to date for energy efficiency in new construction. Atlantic Housing Partners will received a check for $100,131 for the Enterprise Cove condominiums in Orange City, Fla., and the Club at Eustis Village apartments in Eustis, Fla.

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Sleeping Green
by Staff |

According to USA Today, more U.S. hotels are including energy-efficient designs in their buildings. Marriott, Hilton and Wyndham are part of a growing list of hoteliers integrating U.S. Green Building Council construction guidelines into floor plans to make their structures more eco-friendly.

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South Pacific to Be the Model for Clean, Renewable Energy
by Staff |

Vancouver, Washington-based Trimodal Group announced it would provide a comprehensive renewable energy program to be executed in conjunction with South Pacific International Inc. (SPI), a Nevada corporation.

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Steam and Gas Turbines Market to Rise in Central and Eastern Europe
by Staff |

New research from Frost & Sullivan, a company that specializes in market research and analysis, found the central and eastern European steam and gas turbine markets earned revenues of $1.52 billion in 2006. Frost & Sullivan estimates market revenue to reach $5.34 billion in 2013.

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621-Kilowatt Solar Electric System Begins Service at California's AC Transit
by Staff |

SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar power systems, and MMA Renewable Ventures, a third-party financer and operator of renewable energy generation facilities and subsidiary of Municipal Mortgage & Equity, dedicated Alameda-Co

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City of Salem Signs onto EPA Community Energy Challenge
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As public concern about global climate change continues to grow, the city of Salem, Mass., is joining with the natural gas utility KeySpan and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase energy efficiency throughout the city.

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Delaware Team Sets Solar Cell Record
by Staff |

Using a technology that adds multiple innovations to a very high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform, a consortium led by the University of Delaware has achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8 percent from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions.

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