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.

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.

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.

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Staring Directly into the Sun - Solar Collection Made More Efficient
by Staff |

A mirror alignment measurement device, invented by Rich Diver, a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, may soon make one of the most popular solar collector systems—parabolic troughs— more affordable and energy efficient.

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Wind Power Sailing Toward Another Record Year

With help from the federal renewable energy tax credit, as well as state regulations favoring the industry, wind power continues to set new records for installed capacity.

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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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Solar Systems

There seems to be two conflicting certainties about the photovoltaic (PV) or solar module installation market: It is a rapidly expanding and lucrative opportunity, and curiously, not that many electrical contractors are aware of it or have chosen to explore its potential.

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Here to Stay

"Sustainable development involves … meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” was said at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and subsequently adopted by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development.

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MIT Report Finds New Ground for Geothermal Energy
by Staff |

A Study of the Potential for geothermal energy within the United States, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has found mining the heat in the Earth’s hard rock crust could supply a substantial portion of electricity to the United States.

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Oregon Adopts Standard for Renewable Power

Oregon has joined a long and growing list of states with policies for increasing the use of renewable power.

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