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.

The United States, Canada and Mexico share more than common borders. Their economies are intertwined through industry, trade and consumption patterns.

Last month, I went over a brief history of California’s Title 24, Part 6, the current rules and what’s coming up. This month, let’s get more detailed about some of the current rules.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have an impressive lifespan. Manufacturers often estimate it at 25 years, though many units installed in the 1980s are still going strong today. At some point, though, even the hardiest of these panels will fail.

Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi on July 25th at 8:05 p.m. EDT (Easter Daylight Savings Time) after completing a two-day solo flight in the airplane, Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), an aircraft powered 100 percent by solar power.

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Up on the Roof

Benefits of rooftop solar power systems:


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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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Further Advancements in Solar Cell Technology

A team led by Pennsylvania State University researcher John Asbury, assistant professor of chemistry, has developed a new analytical technique that uses infrared spectroscopy to study light-sensitive organic materials.


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