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.

This past April, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk grabbed headlines with the introduction of two battery-based energy-storage products from the new Tesla Energy subsidiary he claims will “fundamentally change how the world uses energy.” Perhaps even more important to Musk’s ambitious goal is the anticipat

Aspiration sets the level of sustainability in a building project. Green construction often focuses on reducing environmental harm through energy efficiency, water conservation, better air quality and alternative power. Regenerative design aims even higher.

In his 2011 State of the Union message, President Barack Obama set a goal to have 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by the end of 2015. That isn’t likely to happen.

Hospitals are complicated environments for green-design practitioners. Their scale, the critical nature of their mission and their often-stretched budgets can make sustainability—however it’s defined—a tough sell, without clear evidence of a quick return on investment.

More on Green Building

Wind Power Sailing Toward Another Record Year

With help from the federal renewable energy tax credit, as well as state regulations favoring the industry, wind power continues to set new records for installed capacity.

USGBC Adds Requirements to LEED

The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) membership has passed a vote for all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified projects to achieve at least two “Optimize Energy Performance” points within LEED, which will improve the energy performance of all LEED-certified green buildin

Oregon Adopts Standard for Renewable Power

Oregon has joined a long and growing list of states with policies for increasing the use of renewable power.

Sun Shines Brightly on the Horizon for Solar Power

After years of struggling to become cost competitive in mainstream markets, solar power may finally have its day.

There's Wind off Them Shores!

It would only be fitting that the first offshore wind farm in the United States could be off the shore of the first state, Delaware.

Integrating PV into Building Systems

The Integration of photovoltaics (PV) into building systems represents a growth market for the electrical contracting firm. PV combined into exterior building elements such as the building’s roof and exterior walls is typically referred to as building-

Beneath Our Feet

Rising oil prices and fears of global warming are bringing new life to renewable energy technologies.