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 the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

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.

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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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Global Warming Lights a Fire in the Golden State

Never one to miss out on a trend, California’s political establishment has reacted swiftly to the latest heightened concerns about global warming. With the sizzle barely off from one of the hottest summers on record, elected officials were busy working up a sweat over how to solve the problem.

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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.

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