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.

Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.

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USGBC Founder's Home Renovation Marks Green Home Milestone

The founder of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has completed the highest-scoring green home renovation since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes green building rating system launched in January 2008.


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Sun Systems

According to the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), daylight harvesting technology can offer significant energy savings by offsetting a portion of the electric lighting load.


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Ohio Grants Solar Power to Its People

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio has unveiled a $3.5 million renewable energy program to boost the use of wind power and solar water heating systems in the state. Certified installers can apply for wind power grants rather than individual homeowners.


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L.A. Mayor Supports Ambitious Solar Power Plan

According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is advocating a proposal to install enough rooftop solar panels on buildings in the city by 2013 to power 100,000 households now served by the Department of Water and Power (DWP).


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People Warming Up to Solar Power

For years, solar power was too cost-prohibitive for the average consumer. However, utilities and communities around the country are experimenting with unconventional and more affordable ways to deliver solar power to consumers and businesses, according to Energybiz.


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Save a Watt, Create a Job

While some may protest that policies to fight global warming only will hurt an already struggling economy, at least one study suggests an entirely different result.


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San Francisco to Charge the Electric Car Market

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, environmental leaders in the Bay Area are hoping a $1 billion investment from the local firm Better Place will help the region become the first in the country where the wide-scale use of electric vehicles is practical.


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