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.

In a 33–0 vote, and in what some see as the beginning of a national trend to increase the appeal of commercial solar installations, the Florida Senate passed SB-90 ("Renewable Energy Source Devices"), a bill that would, beginning in 2018, make solar and renewable energy equipment installed on commer

According to "Power Forward 3.0," the latest in a series of reports on corporate involvement in green initiatives, published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the largest companies in the United States are steadily increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts, and improving their bott

On May 10, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its latest City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. In announcing the report, the ACEEE noted, "As the federal government weighs budget cuts to energy efficient programs, cities are stepping up efforts to reduce energy waste.

The success of renewable power is often measured by the latest, biggest and best. Another record is broken. A new facility is the biggest ever. And so on.

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L.A. Mayor Supports Ambitious Solar Power Plan

According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is advocating a proposal to install enough rooftop solar panels on buildings in the city by 2013 to power 100,000 households now served by the Department of Water and Power (DWP).


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California Raises the Bar for Renewable Power

Never content with the status of pioneer in the nation’s quest for greater development of renewable power, California has taken steps again to raise the standards for other states to follow.


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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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