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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

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.

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Green Building Sets New Standard
by Staff |

The Hearst Building in New York City, the first occupied building to achieve a gold rating under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), opened its doors in October on time and within its budget of $252 million.

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California Takes Another Bold Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Continuing to pave a trail of clean burning fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions, the Golden State has adopted yet another landmark law, all the while opening opportunities for those working in installing alternative energies. California Gov.

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Heed the Warning

A market is opening for alternative energy You electrical contractors better get with the program, or you are going to lose a huge corner of the market in alternative energy,” said Lori Ryker, describing the marketplace as it relates to electrical contractors and the increasing demand by consumers.

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Georgia Power Begins Flowing Green Energy into Grid
by Staff |

GEORGIA POWER launched its Green Energy program in October. Designed to produce electricity from environmentally friendly sources such as the sun, wind, water and landfill gas, customers can buy green energy in 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks, which requires a 12-month subscription.

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Selling the Source

Solar power for the residential market

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Developments in Solar Power Technology
by Staff |

What used to be an unfeasible alternative energy source due to expense and inefficiency is taking major steps toward becoming a dependable energy source.

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It Might Be Easy Being Green
by Staff |

Not only do companies stand to improve their reputation in the eyes of shareholders and customers by going green, but they also stand to save money.

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