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.

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

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.

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.

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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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A Green Capitol Hoped to Set Good Example

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Majority Leader Steny H Hoyer (D-Maryland) announced they would begin a project to “green” the United States’ Capitol building.

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Cleveland Indians on Deck for Solar Power

Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, currently is placing 50 photovoltaic panels on the upper concourse, which will generate “a modest amount of power,” according to Jim Folk, vice president of ballpark operations. The array will be 86 feet long and 15 feet high.

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Alternative Installations

As alternative energy shoulders its way into the electrical industry, it increasingly plays by the same rules as the standard electric grid, making installation more straightforward.

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British Universities Embark on Solar Power Research

Funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Manchester and Imperial College London plan to investigate a number of new solar cell designs over the next three-and-a-half years, in an attempt to produce a more efficient solar power system.

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Catching Some Rays: World's Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in Portugal

In March 2007, Portugal opened what is being considered the world’s largest-producing solar power plant.

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