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

 
Painting for Power
by Staff |

Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. “Someday, homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers.

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USGBC Makes $1 Million Commitment to Support Green Building
by Staff |

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it would commit $1 million to green building research.

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U.S. and Danish Labs to Research Wind Energy
by Staff |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark’s Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement to cooperate on improving wind energy technologies.

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Think NECA. Think Green.

"Think NECA” will be a highly visible theme when America’s leading power system, lighting and cabling exposition is held in San Francisco next month. It is intended to encourage industry participants to look to our association for training, education and networking.

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Progress Energy Florida Signs Contract for Renewable Energy from Biomass Pland
by Staff |

As part of its ongoing growth in renewable energy and developing technologies, Progress Energy Florida (PEF) has signed a long-term contract to purchase electricity generated by what will be the largest waste-wood biomass plant in the nation.

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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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