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.

Denmark is shaping up to be wind power's sweetheart. In 2015, it generated 42 percent of its power with wind turbines. It is the highest portion of any country's energy needs fulfilled by wind. And Denmark is no stranger to this podium.

In the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.

In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.

In the race to gain more power from clean and renewable sources, government plays a major role. Recently, Sweden's government positioned itself as a world leader when it announced that it would transition to 100 percent renewables.

More on Green Building

Energy Star Tightens Leash

According to CNet, in July 2007, the Energy Star program will release new specifications meant to define the top 25 percent of personal computers, in regards to energy efficiency.

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.

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

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.

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.

To the Rescue

The electrical contractor holds the key to high-performance buildings: