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.

New out of old

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.

Gaston Electrical's 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.

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.

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.

More on Green Building

LEEDing by the Hand

When the US Green Building Council (USGBC) was founded in 1993, its name sounded vaguely left-of-center. Few in the building industry could have predicted just how mainstream the group would become.

CFLs: Handle With Care

It was just brought to our attention that WUSA 9 News, a local news station for the Washington DC area, posted a very good article about the correct way to dispose of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Follow this link. It's a quick read.

Brad Pitt Adopts New Orleans

Hollywood stars are using their powers for good. In 2006, Brad Pitt entered into a partnership with Global Green USA.

Wind Power Bows for Scientific Study

The wind turbine pictured above is turned on its side, but it isn’t broken. The 11-foot blades are suspended just above the ground at one end with a 2,000-pound counterbalance pitched into the air at the other.

Lone Star State Welcomes Wind Farm Development Texas Style

Lementing its role as the nation’s wind power leader, Texas is taking on two new wind farm developments on a scale that would make the state proud. In July, Shell WindEnergy Inc. and Luminant, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., announced a joint development agreement for a wind project in Texas.

Solar Decathlon to Bring Sun to National Mall

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) third Solar Decathlon competition was held Oct. 12–20, 2007, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Future Looks Bright for Solar Power

According to USA Today, solar power has been a cost-prohibitive alternative energy source for years, but several companies are working to make it more affordable.