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.

Imagine an energy source buried thousands of feet below us that can best be accessed by sending highly pressurized fluid to open fissures in underground rock.

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

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.

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More Than the On/Off Swtich

New concepts in lighting efficiency LonMark International, an organization trying to make LonWorks control networks easy to integrate and install, has been making progress in the area of energy efficiency.

Think Globally, Build Locally

Power Solutions helps builds green community center IN 2004, THE COUNTY OF Arlington, Va., located just outside Washington, D.C., decided to build a new community center to provide recreational programs and an adult facility for senior citizens.

Expansion and Renovation, the Quaker Way

Power Services and Natelco modernize private school with the environment in mind MEMBERS OF THE SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL COMMUNITY feel a responsibility to the earth.

Navy Federal Staying 'Green'
by Staff |

ON HIGH GROUND, among the rolling hills of Pensacola, Fla., sits a building in balance with its environment. The Navy Federal Credit Union’s Heritage Oaks call center was designed with employee comfort and health in mind.

New Solutions for World's Energy Woes
by Staff |

Approximately 2 billion people—nearly one-third of the world’s population—have no access to electricity, reports Florida State University (FSU). Consequently, they do without many of the amenities that people in the developed world take for granted.

PG&E to Buy 500 MW of Solar Energy for San Francisco
by Staff |

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) plans to purchase at least 500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy from Luz II, LLC, beginning in spring, 2010.