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.

In the fight against climate change, cities are leading the charge.

A large offshore wind turbine being tested in Denmark set a record of 9 megawatts (MW) of power on Dec. 1, 2016. The V164 turbine produced almost 216,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 24 hours, enough to power approximately 7,200 homes in the United States for an entire day.

Though the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is uncertain under the current administration, one of its most successful programs, Energy Star, is doing a lot of good for the economy and electrical industry.

Despite its growing popularity, solar power does have its detractors. Pushback from utilities and lawmakers have made headlines in Arizona and Oklahoma. Now, add Utah to the list.                        

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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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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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The Green Do-Over

Navigating today's uncertain economic waters demands strong planning, sharp instincts and steady nerves. Fortunately, remodeling provides some ballast during construction downturns. Green remodeling could be an attractive addition to a recessionary survival kit.


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Greening Dormitories

A new kind of social experiment in the works at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) aims to demonstrate how energy-efficient dormitory design can translate into long-term savings, according to a recent article in Architect magazine.


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