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.

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

In February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.

The community solar market barely existed just a few years ago, but now the concept that allows even renters to invest in their own photovoltaic (PV) panels is going gangbusters in a number of states.

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LEEDing by the Hand

When the US Green Building Council (USGBC) was founded in 1993, its name sounded vaguely left-of-center. Few in the building industry could have predicted just how mainstream the group would become.

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CFLs: Handle With Care

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

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

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

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

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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