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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

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.

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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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South Pacific to Be the Model for Clean, Renewable Energy
by Staff |

Vancouver, Washington-based Trimodal Group announced it would provide a comprehensive renewable energy program to be executed in conjunction with South Pacific International Inc. (SPI), a Nevada corporation.

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USGBC Adds Requirements to LEED
by Staff |

The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) membership has passed a vote for all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified projects to achieve at least two “Optimize Energy Performance” points within LEED, which will improve the energy performance of all LEED-certified green buildin

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Growing Green by Giant Leaps
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In an attempt to make amends with the environment, the US government may be attempting too much of a leap.

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Solar Power Surge
by Staff |

A limited supply of silicon used to make solar panels and a deluge of homeowners rushing to install solar power before state rebates are reduced have made it difficult for installation companies to meet demand.

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