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.

Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.

Energy Storage is a major challenge for the renewable-energy industry. With sufficient storage, when the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing, intermittent power generation wouldn’t be such an issue.


A report released jointly in October by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and the World Wildlife Fund shows that leadership in the corporate world may now be fully engaged in the push for more renewable-energy generation.


As the economics of solar technology continue to change, homeowners are also changing the way they pay for rooftop installations.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Future Looks Bright for Solar Power

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Pitzer College Upgrades Campus for a New Generation

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