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.

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.

Conventional crystalline solar panels on a farm in Pottsgrove, Pa. Credit Tom Gibson.

Around the country, solar photovoltaic installations are sprouting on residences and commercial buildings. If Doug Neidich has his way, we’ll see many more of these, but of a different variety.

Green building trends have affected nearly every sector of the construction and renovation market, and schools and universities are part of it.

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Green Building Sets New Standard

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

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

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

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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