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 the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.

In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.

Denmark is shaping up to be wind power's sweetheart. In 2015, it generated 42 percent of its power with wind turbines. It is the highest portion of any country's energy needs fulfilled by wind. And Denmark is no stranger to this podium.

It’s not news that the solar-power industry has been shining brightly the last few years.

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Bringing Efficiency Home

We have seen it before in the movies—machines so smart they start to talk to each other and think for themselves, to the point where they even turn against 
the humans who 
created them.


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Commercial Buildings Rebuild Green

Energy-efficiency-based renovations are surging ahead of new construction lately as legislation and the sheer cost of energy encourage building owners to find ways to slash power consumption.


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An Authority Figure

When you think about it, today’s electrical contractor (EC) is an energy-efficiency adviser. It may be a matter of reinvention, but it’s a logical destination.


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Market action

The Steady Elevation of High-Performance Buildings

In a growing world of green building, energy-efficient design and sustainability, you might assume the number of high-performance buildings is approaching the norm. Not quite.


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Building Energy Into the Plans

“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building developers.


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Working Smart: Rebate Fundamentals

Though utility rebates on energy-efficient electrical products have waxed and waned during the past 20 years as a function of the economy and legislative landscape, experts confirm that they have remained a primary and highly effective tool that is driving upgrade projects across the nation.


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The new Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif. Credit: Chad Ziemendorf
Zero Net Energy Center Joint Training Facility Opens in Northern California

You can’t create something out of nothing, but the Northern California Chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 595 were determined to zero-out their energy bill for their new training facility.


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