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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Below 24 Volts

When you consider sustainability for residential or commercial projects, low-voltage power probably doesn’t even register. Top nods typically go to higher profile electrical and mechanical systems.


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Rebuilding Green

Until May 2007, the town of Greensburg was a rural county seat in western Kansas with a dwindling economy. On May 4, a tornado bulldozed nearly every structure and took the lives of 11 people. The tornado, rated an EF5, had wind speeds of more than 200 mph and cut a damaging swath 1.7 miles wide.


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National Lighting Bureau: People Misinformed About CFLs

"There's so much misinformation about mercury in compact fluorescent lighting [CFL], American consumers are being discouraged from using them. In fact, use of CFLs will result in far less mercury in the environment rather than more,” said John P.


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Study Reveals Water Needed to Produce Energy

It is easy to overlook the fact that most of the energy we consume daily is produced with the help of fresh water. Virginia Tech professor Tamim Younos and student Rachelle Hill are researching the water efficiency of some of the most common energy sources and power-generating methods.


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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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New Green Building Initiatives

The green push sweeping society has not slowed. From products to companies, from government agencies to initiatives, green is the word.


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Energy Law to Eliminate Popular Household Reflector Lamps

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s efficiency regulations aimed at 40–100W incandescent lamps was passed in November 2007, and this month, another significant provision that targets reflector lamps will go into effect.


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