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.

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.

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.

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

More on Green Building

Solar Power 2006 Set to Showcase California Clean Tech Finalists

Finalists for the California Clean Tech Open’s Renewable Energy Prize will present their innovations at Solar Power 2006, the largest business-to-business solar conference and expo in the United States.

Small Wonder:

Nanoscience stands poised to change electrical work  

Wired for Business

Wire and cable management is part business management BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INVOLVES DIRECTION and manipulation of the company’s resources—including human, financial, material or intellectual properties.

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'

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

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.