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.

Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to make a green commitment. According to the Sierra Club, 27 cities are pledging to use 100 percent renewable energy by various deadlines. In the past year, more than a dozen joined. The Sierra Club keeps a record on its “Ready for 100” website.

While the Trump administration shows a preference for fossil fuel industries, some lawmakers believe the federal government should lead the way toward renewables and efficiency.

When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation.

The support for alternative energies, and solar power in particular, remains strong. Renewable power technologies continue to achieve new efficiencies and to become more feasible.

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Recovery Act Provides Wind Power With a Gust of Third Quarter Growth

While the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) have come under intense scrutiny lately, praise is emanating from at least one benefactor.


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FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities to Distribute Energy-Efficient Lamps

Residential customers of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Ohio utility operating companies will receive two compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) through a company program designed to reduce electricity usage and increase awareness of the benefits of energy-efficiency measures, including lower electric bills.


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Turning up the Temperature

One of the ways a building’s energy consumption can be reduced, as part of an energy management plan, is to incorporate a heat-recovery system, which intercepts waste gases before they leave the industrial process or before they are exhausted from a building.


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International Transmission Project to Tap Montana Winds

Recognizing the state’s vast energy production potential, federal and state officials recently announced projects to tap one of Montana’s greatest underdeveloped natural resources.


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New Smart Home Uses 50 Percent Less Wire but Points the Way to More Electrical Work

A new showcase house, “Green Life Smart Life,” was recently completed in Narragansett, R.I. It should be of great interest to electrical contractors, despite the fact that it used 50 percent less wire than a conventional home of the same size. Smart homes are becoming more attractive to owners.


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Stimulating Solar

Who: Synergy Electric Co. Inc., Santee, Calif.


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NECA Still Paving the Way for Green Energy

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) was green long before it was in style.


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