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.

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.

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.


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.


More on Green Building

 
County in Washington State Goes Green

Whatcom County Council, Washington state, approved a resolution in September that requires 100 percent of the energy used in county buildings to come from renewable power in 2007.

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New Strategies to Attack Rising Energy Costs
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According to an article in the Albany Business Review, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and green are the key words for electrical contractors working in New York.

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New England Solar Energy Plant Now Largest Brightfield in the Nation
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ON OCTOBER 26, BROCKTON MASSACHUSETTS, inaugurated its new brightfield, an environmentally remediated brownfield that now features a 425 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system. The Brockton Brightfield is the biggest of its kind in New England, and it is the biggest brightfield in the nation.

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Pennsylvania Governor Announces $6.4 Million for Clean Energy Projects
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GOVERNOR EDWARD RENDELL announced on October 5 that Pennsylvania is investing $6.4 million in 16 clean energy projects that will create 316 permanent and up to 280 construction jobs in the commonwealth, as well as to leverage more than $38 million in private funds.

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Study Shows Market for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades
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In a study conducted by Harris Interactive, researchers found executives recognized energy-efficiency in the data center as a buying priority, but the majority of survey respondents admitted they were not aware of how much their company was spending on energy costs or the amount of greenhouse gas (G

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Wisconsin Utility Signs on for Power from Proposed Iowa Wind Farm
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Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) increased its wind power portfolio by nearly four times when it signed an agreement with Midwest Renewable Energy Projects LLC (MRE Projects) to build an 18-turbine, 30 megawatt wind farm near Mason City, Iowa.

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Tidal Power Makes Waves in San Francisco

Always a trendsetter in a state known for riding in front of the wave, San Francisco has joined a small group of locales to embrace tidal power.

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