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.

Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to make a green commitment. According to the Sierra Club, 27 cities are pledging to use 100 percent renewable energy by various deadlines. In the past year, more than a dozen joined. The Sierra Club keeps a record on its “Ready for 100” website.

While the Trump administration shows a preference for fossil fuel industries, some lawmakers believe the federal government should lead the way toward renewables and efficiency.

When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation.

The support for alternative energies, and solar power in particular, remains strong. Renewable power technologies continue to achieve new efficiencies and to become more feasible.

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Utility Proposes Expanded Efficiency Programs for Heating Season

In its first official step to implement the Green Communities Act, NSTAR, a Massachusetts electric and gas utility, filed a plan to expand its energy-efficiency programs that are aimed at helping residential heating customers in time for the upcoming winter season.


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Power to the Hard Drive

The boom of computer and other sensitive equipment markets, throughout manufacturing, office facilities, and even homes, has driven the need for electrical systems to address power quality issues.


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Consumers Could Pay Hidden Cost of Using CFLs

There is a looming concern about a certain type of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), and some companies are working to address the potential problem.


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Green construction: Getting a Leg Up When You Already Have a Toe In

As noted in a special focus article in last month's issue of Construction Today, there are three major areas where electrical contractors have the experience and skills to help owners, building managers and occupants achieve their green goals for a construction project: Leadership in Energy and Envi


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Helping to Make Things Greener

The topics of global warming, the Greenhouse effect, reducing energy usage and rising energy costs can be found just about every day in the media.


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New Green Building Initiatives

The green push sweeping society has not slowed. From products to companies, from government agencies to initiatives, green is the word.


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Energy Law to Eliminate Popular Household Reflector Lamps

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s efficiency regulations aimed at 40–100W incandescent lamps was passed in November 2007, and this month, another significant provision that targets reflector lamps will go into effect.


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