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 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.

September 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that partners in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have saved about $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs over the last seven years across nearly 3,000 facilities that represent about 12 percent of the U.S.

Images courtesy Andy Naggy

While generators have always been a necessity for most job-site work, such may not the case anymore, thanks to a brilliant idea by Andy Naggy, a general foreman for VEC Inc. (Girard, Ohio). His idea? A solar-powered job-site trailer.

Science and innovation have helped propel renewable energy into the mainstream, and they will continue to fuel that trend into the future. According to a recent report by the Department of Energy (DOE), science could help dramatically reduce the cost of wind power over the next decade.

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Alternative Power Source Found Blowing in the Wind

Due in great part to its low cost and high availability, wind energy has emerged as the fastest-growing energy source during the last decade, with global sales of wind turbines expected to reach more than $10 billion by 2008.


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Wind Sails Ahead as Renewable Power Consumption Declines

By Rick Laezman Renewable energy sources have been making great strides toward a bigger share of the American energy market in recent years. However, 2001 was a disappointing year.


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Solar Savvy

California’s energy crisis, with its well-publicized rolling blackouts, effectively depleted the state’s 15 percent energy reserve. In efforts to restore it, Gov. Gray Davis is calling for a heavier reliance on green power—including solar—through the California Power Authority.


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String Theory

In the past few years, hundreds of thousands of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have been installed for residential (dwelling) units, commercial buildings, industrial facilities and utility companies.


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Read The Signs

I recently did a workshop for a major city experiencing problems with inspections on photovoltaic (PV) systems during and after installation. The problem was between the inspection and fire department.


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New Jersey Incentivizes Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has become one of the most important elements of the sustainable energy movement. Despite its growth, government support is still essential. Recognizing that need, the state of New Jersey has approved a sizeable incentive.


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