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.

When the Supreme Court put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) on hold in February, pending a federal appeals court case scheduled for June, clean-energy advocates feared this move would jeopardize national efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Cleaner, more efficient electricity is coming to Legrand, North America’s headquarters in West Hartford, Conn., as the company announced the installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW), solid-oxide fuel cell system. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR was there on Apr.

Government thresholds have become a commonly used tool in the pursuit of a cleaner energy mix that is less dependent on fossil fuels.

When we last left the U.S. solar-power industry, it was staring at a fiscal cliff.

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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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Duke Energy Becoming Solar Power Role Model

Duke Energy has installed photovoltaic systems in 10 Indiana schools to raise awareness of solar power among future generations.


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Nothing Goes to Waste in Los Angeles

On April 5, 2007, the city of Los Angeles celebrated a groundbreaking of the nation’s first power plant fueled by human waste.


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Sustainable Success

National green certification programs now exist to recognize and encourage green building. They share the same goal—to promote green construction and create buildings and homes that use less energy, water and other natural resources; improve indoor air quality; and create less waste. The U.S.


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