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.

Renewable power owes its appeal to promises such as infinite resources and zero carbon emissions. Often overlooked is the possibility of dramatically lower energy bills for the customer.

As the Solar-technology industry tries to become more flexible to meet the needs of the residential market, some integrated systems are poised for large-scale adoption. Dozens of companies now offer building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); some products may gain traction while others will not.

President Trump’s Campaign pledge to bring jobs back to coal mines could be holding former coal workers back from another energy sector that is booming and predicted to maintain a strong growth curve for at least another decade. That sector is wind generation.


The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid.

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Solar and Storage Still Have a Ways to Go

Offering an antidote to the variable nature of wind and solar, storage has emerged as an essential ingredient to the success of renewable power.


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By Bodoklecksel (own foto) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Wind Power Taking the United States by Storm

Renewable industries have registered steady growth for several years. 2015 and the first part of 2016 have been no exception. Wind power has made great gains.


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Is the Writing on the Wall for Traditional Baseload Generation?

According to the latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects report, "Energy Infrastructure Update - March 2016," (pdf) renewable energy made up almost 99 percent of all new and expanded power generation capacity added in the United States during the first three mo


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Example of Industrial Symbiosis where waste heat in the form of steam is sent via pipeline to an ethanol plant that uses the heat as part of its production process.
CHP Sees Quiet Growth

While not very headline grabbing, the combined heat and power (CHP) market has been undergoing a quiet but significant transformation in recent years.


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Oregon Adopts 50 Percent Renewable Portfolio Standard

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


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With Or Without You

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.


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Legrand, North America Headquarters Installs New Fuel Cell

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.


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