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.

Renewable energy’s increasing importance to the U.S. power generation portfolio is upending many aspects of an electrical system that has remained essentially unchanged for more than a century.

According to Matt Golden, a senior energy finance consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in discussing the challenges associated with energy efficiency projects in a May 4 article on the Utility Dive website, noted, "These projects are very complicated and are unique by nature.

Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time.

Offering an antidote to the variable nature of wind and solar, storage has emerged as an essential ingredient to the success of renewable power.

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A Non-Existent Energy Bill

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Mike Strizki owns the only solar-hydrogen house built in the United States. The house in New Jersey is equipped with solar panels, storage tanks, a hydrogen fuel cell and an electrolyzer that has eliminated Strizki's monthly energy bill.


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BOMA International and U.S. Green Building Council Sign Memorandum of Intent

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to work cooperatively to promote energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building operations and maintenance practices to th


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Congress Extends Incentives for Energy Efficiency

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect in January 2006, and it offers tax credits for purchasing energy--efficient appliances and products.


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Wind Power Industry Predicting Back-to-Back Blustery Years

After enjoying yet another banner year in 2006, the United States wind power industry is forecasting the trend to continue in 2007.


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Geothermal Holds Vast Potential as U.S. Energy Source

Imagine the nation’s energy concerns being boiled away by a simple combination of hot rocks and steam.


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City of Portland Warms up to Solar Power

In a city better known for its dark clouds and rain, officials are hoping to turn the lights up on solar power.


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Geothermal Holds Vast Potential as U.S. Energy Source

Imagine the nation’s energy concerns being boiled away by a simple combination of hot rocks and steam.


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