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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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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Geothermal Holds Vast Potential as U.S. Energy Source

Imagine the nation’s energy concerns being boiled away by a simple combination of hot rocks and steam.

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Further Advancements in Solar Cell Technology

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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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

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

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

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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