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 number of cities committing to using clean energy sources has more than doubled since President Trump was elected in November and decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, according to The Huffington Post.

Solar power figures heavily in the state of Hawaii's quest to have 100 percent renewable generation by the year 2045. In October, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs, which will encourage more customers to go solar.

Already a leader in clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction, California has set some ambitious goals for the future. One state utility thinks those goals are attainable and offers a plan for success.

For the first time in its 15-year history, snow fell on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The Netherlands team decorated its Selficient competition house with a snowman.

Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has hosted eight "Solar Decathlons." The most recent one, held in Denver over the course of nine days, ended last week.

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Utility Execs See A Future In Renewables

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World’s Largest Solar Farm Battery Project Springing Up Down Under

Renewable industries are known for outsized accomplishments, and the United States is home to many of them. Witness the massive battery storage project constructed by Tesla Owner Elon Musk in Nevada.

The CGBC headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy of the CGBC.
Harvard To Make Pre-1940s House 'Ultra-Efficient'

In a statement released on May 23, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) announced its plans to retrofit its headquarters, a pre-1940s stick-built house in Cambridge, Mass. into an ultra-efficient, energy-positive building.

Courtesy of Bluegrass Solar
Kentucky Coal Museum Going Solar

Renewable power has a lot of things going for it, like saving money and even saving the planet. Now, add irony to the list. In early April, an unlikely advocate of solar power announced a new rooftop solar installation in the state of Kentucky.

School District Wins Green Schools Award

The San Francisco Unified School District recently won a "2017 Best of Green Schools" award from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, partly for its "green" progress in recent years, but mostly for its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

Clean Energy Is Generating Jobs

There is more to clean energy than power that doesn’t pollute. According to government statistics, it also creates jobs.

The Benefits Of Green Energy For Rural America

With the cost of wind and solar technologies falling, renewable energy is experiencing dramatic growth.