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 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

Already a leader among states in the adoption of green power policies, the Golden State has set its site on a new, more ambitious set of standards.

September 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that partners in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have saved about $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs over the last seven years across nearly 3,000 facilities that represent about 12 percent of the U.S.

Images courtesy Andy Naggy

While generators have always been a necessity for most job-site work, such may not the case anymore, thanks to a brilliant idea by Andy Naggy, a general foreman for VEC Inc. (Girard, Ohio). His idea? A solar-powered job-site trailer.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement allowing the commission to issue conditioned licenses for hydro-kinetic energy projects under appropriate circumstances.


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Colorado's Bella Energy Installs a Megawatt of Solar Power

Bella Energy, formerly Sun Electric Systems, a Colorado renewable energy company, announced it has installed a megawatt of power produced by solar energy in the Colorado and Rocky Mountain area.


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U.S. Wind and Solar Power Enjoys Another Year of Growth

According to the Wall Street Journal, solar and wind power enjoyed substantial growth in 2007, spurred by federal and state energy policies and incentives that support green energy sources.


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Berkeley's Got a Plan

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an approved proposal by Berkeley’s City Council could pave the way for thousands of city residents to convert to solar power without property owners having to front the costs. On Nov.


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Damming the Red Sea Could Generate Gigawatts

Through hydroelectric power, a dam on the Red Sea could solve the growing energy demands of millions of people in the Middle East and alleviate some of the region’s tensions pertaining to oil supplies.


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Wave Energy Comes Ashore

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has awarded the first commercial wave energy project license. Finavera Renewables Inc., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based developer announced the milestone in December 2007.


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Idaho Announces Its First Geothermal Plant

Debunking the notion that all renewable power rides in on the wind or the rays of the sun, a developer in Idaho is pioneering a revolutionary, clean technology in the state’s first geothermal power plant.


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