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 December, Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national non-partisan business group) and E4The Future (an energy efficiency advocacy group) released a report titled "Energy Efficiency Jobs in America."

Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.

The global embrace of renewable-energy technology is fueled largely by a shared goal to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate change.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide.


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You're in Green Hands with Allstate

Two thousand Texas homes are getting wired into the wind grid with a donation from Allstate Insurance Co.


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Navy Throws Switch on First of Five Solar Energy Projects

On October 24, 2007, Captain Mick Gleason threw the switch that turned on the photovoltaic (PV) carports at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at California’s China Lake.


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California Low-Income Families Warm up to Solar Power

While experts and advocates tout the importance of using solar power, few, if any, have done anything to lower the cost.


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Alternative Overview

In addition to conserving resources, alternative energies—and the federal and state policies—relating to them offer electrical contractors many opportunities to provide their customers with new technologies and value-added services and expertise.


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German Team Wins 2007 Solar Decathlon

Germany's Technische Universitat Darmstadt earned top honors in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC. From Oct.


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Bill Clinton Has Environmental Relations

President Bill Clinton announced two new partnerships to make green products more affordable and accessible to city governments and consumers across the United States.


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Now They're Teaching Wind Power

The Kansas Wind for Schools program and the Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University (KSU) selected several schools to each receive a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine as part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind for Schools initiative.


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