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 Haworth Showroom at the Parkview Green in Beijing is the first project to certify under LEED v4

LEED v4, the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, reflects an ultimate goal by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): make a LEED-certified building forever green. A theme of “trust but verify” emerges as you look at the changes in LEED v4.

The house of tomorrow is now 90 percent here, according to Michael Koenig.

Followers of the renewable-energy market pay close attention to the sector’s three leading market research firms: Navigant Research, GTM Research and IHS.

Rather than plugging it into the wall, imagine charging a cell phone or other portable device by simply rubbing it with the palm of your hand. The user actually creates the electricity and becomes a discrete, reliable and the ultimate distributed source of power generation.

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Going Solar Makes 'Cents' for Commercial Projects
by Staff |

Oak Tree Village, San Jose, Calif., is Akeena Solar’s latest commercial solar electric project with JSM Enterprises, a development company.

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Hydroelectric Project Developed on the Ohio River
by Staff |

After years of sitting on the back burner, Hamilton, Ohio, turned up the flame on the development of a new hydroelectric facility on the Ohio River.

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Eighty Percent of Americans Embrace Solar Power
by Staff |

Eight out of 10 Americans believe homebuilders should offer solar power as an option for all new home construction, according to a recent Roper survey commissioned by Sharp Electronics Corp.

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Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design

The term “guiding principle” has entered the contracting lexicon. Though vague, it means a benchmark for proper business practice. The term has established roots in environmental design.

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Sunny...With a Chance of Power

It was bright and sunny in the Los Angeles area, the kind of summer day the Chamber of Commerce likes to trumpet. Convertible tops were down on the freeways, tourists behind sunglasses were taking in the sights and residents accustomed to the warm, balmy weather were attired in cotton comfort.

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Distributed Generation and Solar Energy

Distributed generation allows for the use of small-scale power generation technologies located nearby the load being served. It can be applied in many different forms. There are various methods by which customers can generate their own electricity, with or without the backup grid.

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By the Light of the Sun

After four hurricanes passed through Florida in 2004, leaving a tangle of downed power lines and outages, the most reliable power source proved to be solar.

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