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.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

It’s no secret that the global economy, available energy supply and the balance-sheet status of the worldwide electrical supply-chain industry are never going to return to the levels they reached at the end of the 20th century. There is no optimistic rebound coming.


Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website InsideEVs.com.

The modern movement toward more sustainable-energy practices has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. From renewable power to electric vehicles (EVs), few of these changes have gone unnoticed, and the trend affects almost everyone in one way or another.


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BOMA International and U.S. Green Building Council Sign Memorandum of Intent
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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to work cooperatively to promote energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building operations and maintenance practices to th

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Congress Extends Incentives for Energy Efficiency
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The Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect in January 2006, and it offers tax credits for purchasing energy--efficient appliances and products.

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Wind Power Industry Predicting Back-to-Back Blustery Years

After enjoying yet another banner year in 2006, the United States wind power industry is forecasting the trend to continue in 2007.

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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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Little Red School Houses Get Wired and Turn Green
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Educational facilities focus on technological advancements and efficiency: School construction and renovation is on the rise across the United States; it’s a process needed to accommodate a growing student population and provide the up-to-date educational facilities to prepare students for life and

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