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.

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.

The community solar market barely existed just a few years ago, but now the concept that allows even renters to invest in their own photovoltaic (PV) panels is going gangbusters in a number of states.

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Texas Now Home to the World's Largest Wind Farm

Known for decades as an oil-drilling state, Texas has now become a renewable-energy leader on the national and world stage, and it’s doing it “Texas-style.”

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Green Building in Mainstream Residential Is Planned

Lutron Electronics has teamed up with Cherokee Investment Partners to build the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHome in Raleigh, NC; GreenHome is a mainstream green home designed to demonstrate how sustainable living can be achieved in a traditional home.

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Little Red School Houses Get Wired and Turn Green

Educational facilities focus on technological advancements and efficiency: School construction and renovation is on the rise across the United States; it’s a process needed to accommodate a growing student population and provide the up-to-date educational facilities to prepare students for life and

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Guarantee Delivers LEED Platinum Building

Design/Build Electrical Meets Green Contracting: Companies expect their corporate headquarters to make a statement; if your name is Alberici Constructors and you are a member of the U.S.

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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

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

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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