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 February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.

Conventional crystalline solar panels on a farm in Pottsgrove, Pa. Credit Tom Gibson.

Around the country, solar photovoltaic installations are sprouting on residences and commercial buildings. If Doug Neidich has his way, we’ll see many more of these, but of a different variety.

The community solar market barely existed just a few years ago, but now the concept that allows even renters to invest in their own photovoltaic (PV) panels is going gangbusters in a number of states.

Green building trends have affected nearly every sector of the construction and renovation market, and schools and universities are part of it.

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Integrating PV into Building Systems

The Integration of photovoltaics (PV) into building systems represents a growth market for the electrical contracting firm. PV combined into exterior building elements such as the building’s roof and exterior walls is typically referred to as building-

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Beneath Our Feet

Rising oil prices and fears of global warming are bringing new life to renewable energy technologies.

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Learning the Lingo

LEED Green Building Rating System… California Title 24… ASHRAE 90.1...

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A Sound Idea for Generating Electricity

University of Utah physicists have developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity. The technology holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers and radars.

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Young Minds Conserving Energy

A team of teachers at Grand Avenue Middle School in Bellmore, New York, recently brought energy conservation, leadership and activism into its classroom and students’ lives.

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LEED Awards Points for Other Programs and Systems

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that projects seeking certification under the LEED Green Building Rating System can now earn Innovation in Design points by using the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) program for certified building products, as well as products certified by other establishe

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Congressional Legislation to Spur Green Building

Roger Langer of Langer Electric Service Co., Miami, has been thinking green for years, and its about more than just money. Langer has been thinking about the environment ever since his company started working on green buildings in his area a few years ago.

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