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.

Despite the benefits of energy efficiency, upfront costs remain a hurdle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes this challenge, especially in areas where homeowners may not have many financing options.

In April, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of its fourth annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a collegiate competition that engages college students to design net-zero-energy-ready homes.

In the age of digital technology, breakthroughs create demand for even more innovation. In the case of residential solar power, customers now need a way to safely and efficiently store the power generated from the panels on their roof.

Resiliency has become an important component for today’s coastal green buildings. Warren Hall, California State University East Bay’s LEED Platinum student and faculty support center, was built for occupant safety and long-term seismic strength.

The accelerating adoption of green building practices may transform sustainable construction from movement to norm. Globally, the green building market is doubling every three years, as revealed in “The World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report” by Dodge Data and Analytics, New York.

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