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 March 2012, West Liberty, Ky., a community of 3,400 in Morgan County, was hit by an EF-3 tornado. The town suffered $50 million in damage, 400 homes were demolished, and seven people were killed.

Developing buildings that generate as much energy as they use during the course of a year has become an important goal for the most environmentally minded owners and architects over the past decade or so, and a growing number of projects are succeeding in meeting this ambitious target.

With only 265,000 customers, Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP) is among the nation’s smaller investor-owned utilities, though you’d never guess this from its influence as a renewable-energy innovator.

Wind farm on Columbia Hills, Windy Flats. Courtesy of Walter Sigmund on Wikimedia Commons

Results from a second quarter market report, released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on July 27, show a growing and evolving industry—from increased development to new projects and customers.

More on Green Building

 
FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities to Distribute Energy-Efficient Lamps

Residential customers of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Ohio utility operating companies will receive two compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) through a company program designed to reduce electricity usage and increase awareness of the benefits of energy-efficiency measures, including lower electric bills.


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Turning up the Temperature

One of the ways a building’s energy consumption can be reduced, as part of an energy management plan, is to incorporate a heat-recovery system, which intercepts waste gases before they leave the industrial process or before they are exhausted from a building.


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New Smart Home Uses 50 Percent Less Wire but Points the Way to More Electrical Work

A new showcase house, “Green Life Smart Life,” was recently completed in Narragansett, R.I. It should be of great interest to electrical contractors, despite the fact that it used 50 percent less wire than a conventional home of the same size. Smart homes are becoming more attractive to owners.


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Stimulating Solar

Who: Synergy Electric Co. Inc., Santee, Calif.


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NECA Still Paving the Way for Green Energy

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) was green long before it was in style.


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CEA Study Finds Homeowners Using Electronics to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Homeowners are factoring energy efficiency into purchase decisions of consumer electronics and appliances in an effort to reduce home energy costs, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).


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California Receives $90.4 Million for Efficiency and Green Jobs

California was awarded 90.4 MILLION in stimulus funds from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) to finance energy-efficiency projects and promote green jobs.


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