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.

Renewable power owes its appeal to promises such as infinite resources and zero carbon emissions. Often overlooked is the possibility of dramatically lower energy bills for the customer.

As the Solar-technology industry tries to become more flexible to meet the needs of the residential market, some integrated systems are poised for large-scale adoption. Dozens of companies now offer building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); some products may gain traction while others will not.

President Trump’s Campaign pledge to bring jobs back to coal mines could be holding former coal workers back from another energy sector that is booming and predicted to maintain a strong growth curve for at least another decade. That sector is wind generation.


The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid.

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Utah Geothermal Plant to Supply Power to California

Provo, Utah-based Raser Technologies Inc., recently inaugurated its first commercial-scale geothermal power plant in Beaver County, Utah. The plant’s output has already been committed to supply electricity to Anaheim, Calif.


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The Alternative-Energy Quandary

Alternative energy sources are all over the news these days as a means of achieving fossil fuel independence, while addressing global warming. Many issues must be addressed in order to enable sources, such as wind and solar, to make practical contributions to our supply of electricity.


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Know Your Options

According to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Star program, there are approximately 657,000 retail buildings in the United States—representing about 13.5 percent of all U.S. commercial space—and consuming approximately $21 billion worth of energy annually.


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Slow Water Currents Feed 'Fish Technology'

Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into renewable power.


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Conenergy Sells the Largest Solar Energy System on the East Coast

Pennsylvania Conenergy Group and its subsidiary, Epuron, announced the completion and sale of the Exelon-Conergy Solar Energy Center. The 3-megawatt project is located on the GROWS 16.5-acre landfill site, which is just outside of Philadelphia.


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Osram Sylvania: 78 Percent of Americans Unaware of Lamp Phase Out

A new national survey revealed that 78 percent of Americans are unaware of the federal legislation intended to phase out the incandescent lamp, starting in 2012.


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Clean Energy Could Power Green Stimulus in Pacific Northwest

President Barack Obama has made it clear that he will invest heavily in the renewable and clean-energy sectors to help launch a national economic recovery. According to a study released just before the election, at least one region of the country is ready for the challenge.


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