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.

In March 2012, West Liberty, Ky., a community of 3,400 in Morgan County, was hit by an EF-3 tornado. The town suffered $50 million in damage, 400 homes were demolished, and seven people were killed.

Developing buildings that generate as much energy as they use during the course of a year has become an important goal for the most environmentally minded owners and architects over the past decade or so, and a growing number of projects are succeeding in meeting this ambitious target.

With only 265,000 customers, Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP) is among the nation’s smaller investor-owned utilities, though you’d never guess this from its influence as a renewable-energy innovator.

Wind farm on Columbia Hills, Windy Flats. Courtesy of Walter Sigmund on Wikimedia Commons

Results from a second quarter market report, released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on July 27, show a growing and evolving industry—from increased development to new projects and customers.

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Pitzer College Upgrades Campus for a New Generation

A small college of about 1,000 students in Claremont, Calif., is making some big changes on campus. Pitzer College has recently finished construction on three new residence halls that qualify for gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status from the U.S. Green Building Council.


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Sleeping Green

According to USA Today, more U.S. hotels are including energy-efficient designs in their buildings. Marriott, Hilton and Wyndham are part of a growing list of hoteliers integrating U.S. Green Building Council construction guidelines into floor plans to make their structures more eco-friendly.


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South Pacific to Be the Model for Clean, Renewable Energy

Vancouver, Washington-based Trimodal Group announced it would provide a comprehensive renewable energy program to be executed in conjunction with South Pacific International Inc. (SPI), a Nevada corporation.


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Steam and Gas Turbines Market to Rise in Central and Eastern Europe

New research from Frost & Sullivan, a company that specializes in market research and analysis, found the central and eastern European steam and gas turbine markets earned revenues of $1.52 billion in 2006. Frost & Sullivan estimates market revenue to reach $5.34 billion in 2013.


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621-Kilowatt Solar Electric System Begins Service at California's AC Transit

SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar power systems, and MMA Renewable Ventures, a third-party financer and operator of renewable energy generation facilities and subsidiary of Municipal Mortgage & Equity, dedicated Alameda-Co


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City of Salem Signs onto EPA Community Energy Challenge

As public concern about global climate change continues to grow, the city of Salem, Mass., is joining with the natural gas utility KeySpan and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase energy efficiency throughout the city.


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Delaware Team Sets Solar Cell Record

Using a technology that adds multiple innovations to a very high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform, a consortium led by the University of Delaware has achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8 percent from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions.


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