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.

We’ve heard the wind-integration success stories from Sweden and Denmark, but we haven’t heard as much about how wind is contributing right now to U.S. electricity supplies.

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.

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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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To the Rescue

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Congress Extends Incentives for Energy Efficiency

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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