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.

Politics is all about rhetoric, and the current administration is no exception.

Renewable industries are known for outsized accomplishments, and the United States is home to many of them. Witness the massive battery storage project constructed by Tesla Owner Elon Musk in Nevada.

The CGBC headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy of the CGBC. www.harvardcgbc.org

In a statement released on May 23, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) announced its plans to retrofit its headquarters, a pre-1940s stick-built house in Cambridge, Mass. into an ultra-efficient, energy-positive building.

Courtesy of Bluegrass Solar

Renewable power has a lot of things going for it, like saving money and even saving the planet. Now, add irony to the list. In early April, an unlikely advocate of solar power announced a new rooftop solar installation in the state of Kentucky.

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Something Old, Something New

Route 66, has connected Santa Monica, Calif. and Chicago, Ill., since 1926 and, for a long time, was a major pathway for those travelling across the United States. With the creation of the interstate highway system, the road's popularity plummeted, and today, it is largely used as a scenic route.


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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?

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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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Standardizing Energy-Efficiency Projects Helps to Ensure Cost Effectiveness

According to Matt Golden, a senior energy finance consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in discussing the challenges associated with energy efficiency projects in a May 4 article on the Utility Dive website, noted, "These projects are very complicated and are unique by nature.


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Renewables Hit a High Mark in Germany

Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time.


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