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.

When the Supreme Court put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) on hold in February, pending a federal appeals court case scheduled for June, clean-energy advocates feared this move would jeopardize national efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Cleaner, more efficient electricity is coming to Legrand, North America’s headquarters in West Hartford, Conn., as the company announced the installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW), solid-oxide fuel cell system. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR was there on Apr.

Government thresholds have become a commonly used tool in the pursuit of a cleaner energy mix that is less dependent on fossil fuels.

When we last left the U.S. solar-power industry, it was staring at a fiscal cliff.

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It Might Be Easy Being Green

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County in Washington State Goes Green

Whatcom County Council, Washington state, approved a resolution in September that requires 100 percent of the energy used in county buildings to come from renewable power in 2007.


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New Strategies to Attack Rising Energy Costs

According to an article in the Albany Business Review, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and green are the key words for electrical contractors working in New York.


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Global Warming Lights a Fire in the Golden State

Never one to miss out on a trend, California’s political establishment has reacted swiftly to the latest heightened concerns about global warming. With the sizzle barely off from one of the hottest summers on record, elected officials were busy working up a sweat over how to solve the problem.


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More Than the On/Off Swtich

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Solar Power 2006 Set to Showcase California Clean Tech Finalists

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