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 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

September 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that partners in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have saved about $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs over the last seven years across nearly 3,000 facilities that represent about 12 percent of the U.S.

Images courtesy Andy Naggy

While generators have always been a necessity for most job-site work, such may not the case anymore, thanks to a brilliant idea by Andy Naggy, a general foreman for VEC Inc. (Girard, Ohio). His idea? A solar-powered job-site trailer.

Science and innovation have helped propel renewable energy into the mainstream, and they will continue to fuel that trend into the future. According to a recent report by the Department of Energy (DOE), science could help dramatically reduce the cost of wind power over the next decade.

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Off the Grid

When inspecting a small office facility for a customer, I was surprised that he had a fuel cell system for his main power source that was backed up by an optional standby generator system. In other words, the complex did not depend on utility power.


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Job Growth Goes Green in New Jersey

There has been a lot of talk lately about the future of green jobs. The Obama administration, for example, has invested heavily in renewable power to help the nation launch a massive economic recovery. At least one state is following the president’s lead. This spring, New Jersey Gov. Jon S.


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Largest Multiunit Residential Solar Power System Now Atop a New York Architectural Masterpiece

New York City certainly has one of the densest arrays of rooftops in the country. This opportunity did not escape Cooper Square Realty and Solar Energy Systems LLC when they decided to install a photovoltaic array atop the Kips Bay Towers, which is home to approximately 4,000 people.


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Model Home Envisions the Future of Green Living

Transforming the traditional home into an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient structure requires vision, creativity and innovative thinking. Home builders are taking steps to show they are up to the task.


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USGBC Founder's Home Renovation Marks Green Home Milestone

The founder of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has completed the highest-scoring green home renovation since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes green building rating system launched in January 2008.


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Sun Systems

According to the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), daylight harvesting technology can offer significant energy savings by offsetting a portion of the electric lighting load.


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Greening Dormitories

A new kind of social experiment in the works at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) aims to demonstrate how energy-efficient dormitory design can translate into long-term savings, according to a recent article in Architect magazine.


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