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.

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.

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Proposed Grid to Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable

The energy needs of the world could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity by means of wind turbines. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural fluctuations in wind direction and strength.


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Report: Solar Could Meet 10 Percent of U.S. Energy Needs

Environment America, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, released a report, “Building a Solar Future: Repowering America’s Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy,” which outlines the road to meet 10 percent of the United States’ energy needs by 2030.


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Online Tool Tracks Solar Installations

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched a Web site, “The Open PV Project,” that will serve as an online tool for the photovoltaic (PV) market.


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North American Utilities Embrace Efficiency

In the epic battle to combat climate change and address the growing need for affordable power, it helps to have everyone working for a common cause. Luckily, while the federal government has emphasized, with rhetoric and dollars, the vital role of energy efficiency, so has the utility sector.


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New Numbers Puff up Potential of Wind Power

Data released by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has left wind power advocates feeling billowy.


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Momentum for Efficiency Building

In February, the Obama administration announced a multiagency initiative to spur regional economic growth while making buildings more energy-efficient.


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Trapping Sunlight With Silicon Nanowires

While there are now silicon photovoltaics that can convert sunlight into electricity at impressive 20 percent efficiencies, the cost of this solar power is prohibitive for large-scale use.


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