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.

Cost competitiveness has long been solar power’s biggest challenge. The industry has made great progress on this front and now may be looking beyond cost to other challenges that impede widespread adoption.

Despite a seeming current lack of interest in renewables and other green initiatives at the federal level, more companies, mayors, and states are picking up the slack and moving forward aggressively with such initiatives.

Released September 28, the 11th annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides information on how states rank in terms of their energy efficiency efforts, including those that are the most improved.

Already a leader among states in the adoption of green power policies, the Golden State has set its site on a new, more ambitious set of standards.

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Founded in 1890 in Walla Walla, Wash., Banner Bank is a subsidiary of the $4.3 billion bank holding company, Banner Corp.


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Texas School District Learns Energy Efficiency

Ferris (Texas) independent school district recently completed renovations aimed at increasing energy efficiency while creating a high-performance learning environment at Ferris Junior High School, Ferris Intermediate School, the Ingram and McDonald Elementary Schools and the district maintenance fac


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DOE Supports Energy Efficiency with Web Site

In honor of Energy Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Stay Warm, Save Money Web site at www.energysavers.gov. It is an educational outreach campaign to help consumers be more energy-conscious and save on increasing energy costs.


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It Takes an EC

In its report to Congress last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said power consumption in data centers had more than doubled between 2000 and 2005 and will likely double again by 2011, costing upward of $7.4 billion annually unless energy-efficiency programs are implemented.


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Utility Proposes Expanded Efficiency Programs for Heating Season

In its first official step to implement the Green Communities Act, NSTAR, a Massachusetts electric and gas utility, filed a plan to expand its energy-efficiency programs that are aimed at helping residential heating customers in time for the upcoming winter season.


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Power to the Hard Drive

The boom of computer and other sensitive equipment markets, throughout manufacturing, office facilities, and even homes, has driven the need for electrical systems to address power quality issues.


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