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.

Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.

In December, Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national non-partisan business group) and E4The Future (an energy efficiency advocacy group) released a report titled "Energy Efficiency Jobs in America."

The global embrace of renewable-energy technology is fueled largely by a shared goal to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate change.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide.


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