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.

The CGBC headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy of the CGBC. www.harvardcgbc.org

In a statement released on May 23, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) announced its plans to retrofit its headquarters, a pre-1940s stick-built house in Cambridge, Mass. into an ultra-efficient, energy-positive building.

Courtesy of Bluegrass Solar

Renewable power has a lot of things going for it, like saving money and even saving the planet. Now, add irony to the list. In early April, an unlikely advocate of solar power announced a new rooftop solar installation in the state of Kentucky.

The San Francisco Unified School District recently won a "2017 Best of Green Schools" award from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, partly for its "green" progress in recent years, but mostly for its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

There is more to clean energy than power that doesn’t pollute. According to government statistics, it also creates jobs.

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New out of old

Community Energy Renaissance

Be it eco-districts or district energy, the result is the same—independent power. In place for decades across the country, district energy is evolving. Eco-districts, a newly coined term, have priorities that often extend beyond energy.


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Research Dives Into Minds of PV and EV Consumers

With energy crises and climate change getting top billing in mainstream media, the green building movement is in full string and not going away anytime soon. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging are significant markets for contractors to keep an eye on.


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Electric Mobility Charging Up

As technology continues to play an expanding role in society, few realms are left untouched. Mobility is one of the many facets of our daily lives that is undergoing a dramatic transformation.


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Gaston Electrical's headquarters
Gaston Electrical Installs Rooftop Solar Power On Headquarters

In March, Gaston Electrical Co.
 Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release.



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Florida Voters Give Solar Power A Boost

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.



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New England States Collectively Evaluating Renewables

Government has always played an indispensable role in fostering the growth of renewable-energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.



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Fleeting Benefits: EVs Find a Home in the Commercial Market

As with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, 
the consumer market for electric vehicles (EVs) gets the glamour, but fleets can be where real money is made.


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