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.

It’s one small step for— No, actually it’s a really big leap for Salt Lake City into renewable energy.

This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) held the 2016 EIA Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. Discussions focused on the state of the energy industry, with a real emphasis on the increasing role of renewables in the United States.

Renewable energy’s increasing importance to the U.S. power generation portfolio is upending many aspects of an electrical system that has remained essentially unchanged for more than a century.

No profession is impacted more by the changes taking place in the energy sector than electrical contractors and electrical workers.

More on Green Building

 
Platinum In Portland

In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA), which delivers federal workplaces, turned its attention to transforming the Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW)—originally constructed in 1975—in Portland, Ore., into a landmark high-performance green building.


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Snakes and Shellfish

When today’s energy developers look offshore, most of them are concerned with oil and natural gas reserves lying beneath the ocean floor and the winds blowing a hundred or more feet above the water’s surface.


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Bringing Efficiency Home

We have seen it before in the movies—machines so smart they start to talk to each other and think for themselves, to the point where they even turn against 
the humans who 
created them.


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Commercial Buildings Rebuild Green

Energy-efficiency-based renovations are surging ahead of new construction lately as legislation and the sheer cost of energy encourage building owners to find ways to slash power consumption.


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An Authority Figure

When you think about it, today’s electrical contractor (EC) is an energy-efficiency adviser. It may be a matter of reinvention, but it’s a logical destination.


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Market action

The Steady Elevation of High-Performance Buildings

In a growing world of green building, energy-efficient design and sustainability, you might assume the number of high-performance buildings is approaching the norm. Not quite.


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Building Energy Into the Plans

“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building developers.


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