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.

This past April, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk grabbed headlines with the introduction of two battery-based energy-storage products from the new Tesla Energy subsidiary he claims will “fundamentally change how the world uses energy.” Perhaps even more important to Musk’s ambitious goal is the anticipat

Aspiration sets the level of sustainability in a building project. Green construction often focuses on reducing environmental harm through energy efficiency, water conservation, better air quality and alternative power. Regenerative design aims even higher.

In his 2011 State of the Union message, President Barack Obama set a goal to have 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by the end of 2015. That isn’t likely to happen.

Hospitals are complicated environments for green-design practitioners. Their scale, the critical nature of their mission and their often-stretched budgets can make sustainability—however it’s defined—a tough sell, without clear evidence of a quick return on investment.

More on Green Building

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:

Green-Tech Companies Harness Higher Sales

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, companies that specialize in green energy saw sales increase as a whole by almost 39 percent last year to $55.4 billion worldwide, according to a new report by Clean Edge, which estimates  the market will grow even further to $226.5 billion within 10 years.

A Non-Existent Energy Bill

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Mike Strizki owns the only solar-hydrogen house built in the United States. The house in New Jersey is equipped with solar panels, storage tanks, a hydrogen fuel cell and an electrolyzer that has eliminated Strizki's monthly energy bill.

BOMA International and U.S. Green Building Council Sign Memorandum of Intent

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