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.

Filling out paperwork and documenting your company’s work may be one of the more mundane project tasks, but when green building certification is involved, that documentation serves several important purposes.

Farmington, Conn.-based McPhee Electric, a Phalcon Company, partnered with Collinsville, Ill.-based Day & Night Solar (DNS) to build a solar power installation on its own building.

PNNL researcher Srinivas Katipamula examining a control box for a commercial building's heating and cooling system. Credit: Andrea Starr / PNNL

Expensive startup costs are often cited as a reason building owners and operators don’t install energy saving technology, like building controls and automation, although in general they eventually pay for themselves.

Recently, the city of Cincinnati announced the opening of a new green police station. As reported by the Architects Newspaper and ProudGreenBuilding.com, the District Three Police Station is set to become the first LEED platinum and net-zero-energy police station in the country.

More on Green Building

 
Green Bank Boom Helps Finance Clean-Energy Projects


According to Annie Gilleo, 
state policy manager of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), many tried-and-true financial tools encourage the growth of energy-efficiency projects.



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Circular Electric Power: Cradle-to-Cradle Thinking Enters the Contracting World

Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value.


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Measuring To Manage: California’s Title 24 Makes It Easier

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States.


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ASHRAE, IES Open Revised Residential Energy Standard for Industry Input

In the energy industry, there is big business to be made in reclaiming wasted or unnecessary energy usage, and great strides have been taken in saving electricity. Now, ASHRAE and IES are tightening the belt on residential energy usage.


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Tidal Energy Projects Ride The Federal- Funding Wave


Renewable energy is about more than just tapping the power of the wind and the sun. Other, less obvious forms of technology hold great potential for clean and sustainable electricity generation.



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Texas Utility Says Goodbye To Coal


Severing the cord to fossil fuels is one of the primary objectives of the renewable-energy movement, and utilities have tremendous influence. Texas has been a leader among states in tapping into its renewable resources.


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A Look To The Future At Greenbuild 2016

Energy efficiency and energy-use data collection are both trends in today’s green marketplace, and they were the topic of much discussion at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference, held in October in Los Angeles.



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