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.

Denmark is shaping up to be wind power's sweetheart. In 2015, it generated 42 percent of its power with wind turbines. It is the highest portion of any country's energy needs fulfilled by wind. And Denmark is no stranger to this podium.

In the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.

In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.

It’s not news that the solar-power industry has been shining brightly the last few years.

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More Than the On/Off Swtich

New concepts in lighting efficiency LonMark International, an organization trying to make LonWorks control networks easy to integrate and install, has been making progress in the area of energy efficiency.

San Francisco Plans Green Power Community on Former Naval Shipyard

San Francisco’s first neighborhood powered entirely by clean, renewable energy is planned for a 93-acre parcel at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard by a collaboration between San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Lennar BVHP.

New System Provides Power, Water and Refrigeration from Single Source

When hurricanes, wars or other emergencies force authorities to respond, three essentials top their list of must-haves: water, electricity and refrigeration.

Solar/Hydrogen Home to be North America's First

After receiving all necessary permits, Renewable Energy International Inc. has scheduled completion in the fall of what is said to be the first solar/hydrogen home in North America.

Hydrogen Power Generation Leapfrogs the Atlantic

Two of the world’s largest energy companies, British Petroleum (BP) of the United Kingdom and General Electric (GE) of the United States, have announced a collaborative venture to develop a unique, environmentally friendly form of hydrogen power generation on both continents.

Hybrid Solar Lighting Gaining Momentum Around Nation

  With five hybrid solar lighting systems already in place and another 20 scheduled for installation in the next couple of months, the forecast is looking sunny for a technology developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).