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.

Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.

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DOE Supports Energy Efficiency with Web Site

In honor of Energy Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Stay Warm, Save Money Web site at www.energysavers.gov. It is an educational outreach campaign to help consumers be more energy-conscious and save on increasing energy costs.


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It Takes an EC

In its report to Congress last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said power consumption in data centers had more than doubled between 2000 and 2005 and will likely double again by 2011, costing upward of $7.4 billion annually unless energy-efficiency programs are implemented.


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Utility Proposes Expanded Efficiency Programs for Heating Season

In its first official step to implement the Green Communities Act, NSTAR, a Massachusetts electric and gas utility, filed a plan to expand its energy-efficiency programs that are aimed at helping residential heating customers in time for the upcoming winter season.


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Power to the Hard Drive

The boom of computer and other sensitive equipment markets, throughout manufacturing, office facilities, and even homes, has driven the need for electrical systems to address power quality issues.


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Consumers Could Pay Hidden Cost of Using CFLs

There is a looming concern about a certain type of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), and some companies are working to address the potential problem.


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Green construction: Getting a Leg Up When You Already Have a Toe In

As noted in a special focus article in last month's issue of Construction Today, there are three major areas where electrical contractors have the experience and skills to help owners, building managers and occupants achieve their green goals for a construction project: Leadership in Energy and Envi


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Helping to Make Things Greener

The topics of global warming, the Greenhouse effect, reducing energy usage and rising energy costs can be found just about every day in the media.


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