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 it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation.

The support for alternative energies, and solar power in particular, remains strong. Renewable power technologies continue to achieve new efficiencies and to become more feasible.

Energy-saving practices, such as rooftop solar panels and increased efficiency through smart lighting and home automation, are becoming mainstays of new construction, spurred on by recent legislation in cities like San Francisco.

Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to make a green commitment. According to the Sierra Club, 27 cities are pledging to use 100 percent renewable energy by various deadlines. In the past year, more than a dozen joined. The Sierra Club keeps a record on its “Ready for 100” website.

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Integrating PV into Building Systems

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Beneath Our Feet

Rising oil prices and fears of global warming are bringing new life to renewable energy technologies.


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Learning the Lingo

LEED Green Building Rating System… California Title 24… ASHRAE 90.1...


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A Sound Idea for Generating Electricity

University of Utah physicists have developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity. The technology holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers and radars.


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Young Minds Conserving Energy

A team of teachers at Grand Avenue Middle School in Bellmore, New York, recently brought energy conservation, leadership and activism into its classroom and students’ lives.


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Duke Energy Becoming Solar Power Role Model

Duke Energy has installed photovoltaic systems in 10 Indiana schools to raise awareness of solar power among future generations.


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