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.

Gaston Electrical's headquarters

In March, Gaston Electrical Co.
 Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release.

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.

Government has always played an indispensable role in fostering the growth of renewable-energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.

The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum.

More on Green Building

States Failing to Advance Interconnection for Renewable Power

Generating renewable power is only part of the equation; once electricity is captured from green sources, such as solar, wind and biomass, it has to be transmitted. According to a recent study, state governments are failing to supply the needed infrastructure to make this happen.

Please Pass the Salt

According to the Wall Street Journal, a division of United Technologies has partnered with U.S. Renewables to promote a solar-power plant that will use a new method of harvesting heat from the sun. Hamilton -Sundstrand and U.S.

Bush and Congress Extend Energy Act

President George W. Bush signed off on H.R. 6, the Clean Energy Act of 2007, on Dec. 12, 2007. It served as one of the few last-minute pieces of legislation that was agreed to on both ends of Pennsylvania Ave.

California City Leads the Nation in Green Power

In the quest for competitiveness in mainstream energy markets, higher costs continue to be a challenge for renewable power. However, residents of at least one city in California don’t seem to mind the added expense.

Integrys Energy Services Turning Trash into Electricity

Integrys Energy Services announced that all four units at its recently completed Winnebago Energy Center, a landfill gas-to-electricity plant located in Rockford, Ill., now are operational and actively supplying electric power to the grid.

Solar Panel Proveders Aren't Budging in 2008

According to Global Sources’ China Sourcing Report, despite higher polysilicon prices, most Chinese solar panel manufacturers say they plan to lower or keep prices steady in 2008. Specifically, the report shows 88 percent of suppliers plan to decrease or keep prices stable.

Navy Throws Switch on First of Five Solar Energy Projects

On October 24, 2007, Captain Mick Gleason threw the switch that turned on the photovoltaic (PV) carports at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at California’s China Lake.