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 the race to gain more power from clean and renewable sources, government plays a major role. Recently, Sweden's government positioned itself as a world leader when it announced that it would transition to 100 percent renewables.

Denmark is shaping up to be wind power's sweetheart. In 2015, it generated 42 percent of its power with wind turbines. It is the highest portion of any country's energy needs fulfilled by wind. And Denmark is no stranger to this podium.

In the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.

In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.

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New Accreditation for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is the coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council Inc.


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NEMA: Smart Meters Need Fewer Inspections, the Good and Bad

As the result of the rapid expansion of smart grid and advanced meter infrastructure, many utilities around the country are replacing existing meters with new solid-state smart meters and two-way communication devices. These new systems offer significant benefits to the consumer and utility.


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The World Is Plugging Into Batteries

As the consumption of power generated by unconventional sources grows, so does the need to store that power.


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13 Companies Join Energy Department's Workplace Charging Challenge

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that 13 major U.S. employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for workers driving plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).


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Turnkey Solar Power Plants Unveiled in Germany

If solar is the world’s most plentiful source of energy, it could be argued that the practical implications of solar technology should be equally limitless.


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Newport, Ore., Selected as Home of Pacific Marine Energy Center

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), which is based at Oregon State University, chose Newport, Ore., as the future site of the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave-energy test site in the United States—the Pacific Marine Energy Center.


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Living Green: Multifamily Dwellings

Multifamily residential structures account for more than half of the buildings in the United States and 21 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which analyzes electric power consumption nationwide.


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