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 a 33–0 vote, and in what some see as the beginning of a national trend to increase the appeal of commercial solar installations, the Florida Senate passed SB-90 ("Renewable Energy Source Devices"), a bill that would, beginning in 2018, make solar and renewable energy equipment installed on commer

According to "Power Forward 3.0," the latest in a series of reports on corporate involvement in green initiatives, published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the largest companies in the United States are steadily increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts, and improving their bott

On May 10, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its latest City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. In announcing the report, the ACEEE noted, "As the federal government weighs budget cuts to energy efficient programs, cities are stepping up efforts to reduce energy waste.

The success of renewable power is often measured by the latest, biggest and best. Another record is broken. A new facility is the biggest ever. And so on.

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Artist rendering of Solar Roadways
First Demo of Solar Roadways

On Friday, September 30, the city of Sandpoint, Idaho, was expected to provide the first public demonstration of what are called "Solar Roadways" at its town square.


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Fleeting Benefits: EVs Find a Home in the Commercial Market

As with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, 
the consumer market for electric vehicles (EVs) gets the glamour, but fleets can be where real money is made.


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North American Climate Change Pledge Makes History

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


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Inside The Details: California’s Title 24, Part 2


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.


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When The Sun Sets: End-of-Life Planning for Your Solar Panel


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.


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Wind Turbine Technician: Nation's Fastest Growing Occupation

A new report, "US Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015," published in April 2016 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), reported a record total of 88,000 jobs across the industry in early 2016 (including wind project development/construction, equipment manufacturing, field t


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Renewables Generation Growth Continues to Skyrocket

According to the latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, released late August 2016 by the US Energy Information Administration, renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels of previous years in every month so far this year, with both hydroelectric and non-hydroelectric (wind, solar, geother


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