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.

A report released jointly in October by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and the World Wildlife Fund shows that leadership in the corporate world may now be fully engaged in the push for more renewable-energy generation.


As the economics of solar technology continue to change, homeowners are also changing the way they pay for rooftop installations.


In December, Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national non-partisan business group) and E4The Future (an energy efficiency advocacy group) released a report titled "Energy Efficiency Jobs in America."

Recently, the solar industry has managed to persevere and thrive, notwithstanding a political climate that is always casting an ominous cloud of uncertainty.

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British Universities Embark on Solar Power Research

Funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Manchester and Imperial College London plan to investigate a number of new solar cell designs over the next three-and-a-half years, in an attempt to produce a more efficient solar power system.


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Energy Star Tightens Leash

According to CNet, in July 2007, the Energy Star program will release new specifications meant to define the top 25 percent of personal computers, in regards to energy efficiency.


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Scientists Unravel the Mysteries of Seafaring, Solar-Powered Bacteria

While the practical applications may be hard for the average person to appreciate, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made a significant discovery about the energy-producing properties of a protein found


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Vast Untapped Wind Energy Potential in Mid-Atlantic

According to researchers studying the wind power potential of the Mid-Atlantic coast, the region represents a huge untapped resource.


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Up on the Roof

Benefits of rooftop solar power systems:


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