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.

According to Matt Golden, a senior energy finance consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in discussing the challenges associated with energy efficiency projects in a May 4 article on the Utility Dive website, noted, "These projects are very complicated and are unique by nature.

Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time.

Government thresholds have become a commonly used tool in the pursuit of a cleaner energy mix that is less dependent on fossil fuels.

When the Supreme Court put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) on hold in February, pending a federal appeals court case scheduled for June, clean-energy advocates feared this move would jeopardize national efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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EPAct Bill May Extend to 2012 With Even More Savings

On March 8, 2007, the Energy Efficiency Incentives Act of 2007 was introduced in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate; it is a provision to extend the energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction carried in EPAct 2005 to 2012, with an additional two years to build.


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ORPC Catches Wave of Financial Support

The Ocean Renewable Power Company-Maine (ORPC) announced it has received a $300,000 development award from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) to support the commercial development of power from tidal energy and create the environmental and economic benefits of capturing the renewable energy from t


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ELECTRI International Grant Energizes Penn State Solar Decathlon Team

ELECTRI International—The Foundation for Electrical Construction Inc awarded $50,000 to the Pennsylvania State University team in support of its 2007 Solar Decathlon efforts.


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Genzyme Center Earns Highest Environmental Rating

When it came time to construct its world headquarters building, biotech firm Genzyme wanted it to be innovative and environmentally responsible; “We wanted a building that really represented who we are as a company and to integrate all of the important aspects of our culture,” said Erin Emlock, comp


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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.


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Scientists Unravel the Mysteries of Seafaring, Solar-Powered Bacteria

While the practical applications may be hard for the average person to appreciate, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made a significant discovery about the energy-producing properties of a protein found


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