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.

The house of tomorrow is now 90 percent here, according to Michael Koenig.

Followers of the renewable-energy market pay close attention to the sector’s three leading market research firms: Navigant Research, GTM Research and IHS.

Rather than plugging it into the wall, imagine charging a cell phone or other portable device by simply rubbing it with the palm of your hand. The user actually creates the electricity and becomes a discrete, reliable and the ultimate distributed source of power generation.

It’s a complicated time to be an electricity-generating company in the United States. Volatility in the natural gas market is forcing utility planners to rethink fueling options, and new emissions regulations are adding even more questions to their long-term forecasts.

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City of Portland Warms up to Solar Power

In a city better known for its dark clouds and rain, officials are hoping to turn the lights up on solar power.

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Hospitals Stopping the Energy Bleeding
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According to Health Facilities Management, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) has launched the Energy Efficiency Commitment Initiative to complement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program by recognizing energy efficiency at hospitals across the United St

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Further Advancements in Solar Cell Technology
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A team led by Pennsylvania State University researcher John Asbury, assistant professor of chemistry, has developed a new analytical technique that uses infrared spectroscopy to study light-sensitive organic materials.

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Plug-In Hybrids Saving the Environment and the Grid
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According to the Technology Review, supporters of plug-in hybrid vehicles could potentially lessen the chance of brownouts, reduce electricity costs and encourage more green energy consumption.

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Seven Minnesota School Districts Become Energy Star Leaders
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Seven Minnesota school districts are among 20 organizations nationwide to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge and earn the Energy Star Leader designation.

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Texas Now Home to the World's Largest Wind Farm

Known for decades as an oil-drilling state, Texas has now become a renewable-energy leader on the national and world stage, and it’s doing it “Texas-style.”

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Green Building in Mainstream Residential Is Planned
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Lutron Electronics has teamed up with Cherokee Investment Partners to build the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHome in Raleigh, NC; GreenHome is a mainstream green home designed to demonstrate how sustainable living can be achieved in a traditional home.

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