The current economic slowdown has brought all facets of the building industry to a virtual standstill, as falling consumer spending and home values force businesses and homeowners to curtail all but the most essential construction and repairs.
According to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan, a major international industry research firm, renewable energy is gaining ground in North America as global in-ground fossil fuel reserves continue to dwindle and oil prices fluctuate.
Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill.
In the drive for energy-efficient buildings, perfection is net-zero energy. Such tightly constructed buildings also produce their own energy, ultimately offsetting the energy they expend. Some produce more than they use and can sell the excess back to the utility.
When inspecting a small office facility for a customer, I was surprised that he had a fuel cell system for his main power source that was backed up by an optional standby generator system. In other words, the complex did not depend on utility power.
Forget solar, wind and biomass. According to many experts, the way to save the planet, create green jobs, and sever the country’s ties to foreign oil is not through groundbreaking, innovative use of renewable power. They say it has nothing to do with generating any power at all.
Energy-efficiency programs in the United States could realistically reduce the rate of growth for electricity consumption by 22 percent over the next two decades if key barriers can be addressed, according to an analysis titled “Assessment of Achievable Savings Potential From Energy Efficiency and D
According to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Star program, there are approximately 657,000 retail buildings in the United States—representing about 13.5 percent of all U.S. commercial space—and consuming approximately $21 billion worth of energy annually.
President Barack Obama has made it clear that he will invest heavily in the renewable and clean-energy sectors to help launch a national economic recovery. According to a study released just before the election, at least one region of the country is ready for the challenge.
A cliche normally reserved for the fashion industry has seeped into the thinking of business owners, politicians, bureaucrats, media pundits, advertisers, and everyday people: Green is the new black. It goes with everything.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will again honor excellence in green residential design and construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts with the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards on May 8 in Dallas at the 11th annual Green Building Conference.
According to The Voice of America News, former Vice President Al Gore is challenging the United States to produce all of its electricity through wind power, solar power and other environmentally friendly sources within 10 years.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Rodgers announced the launch of DOE’s Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI) with establishment of the National Laboratory Collaborative on Building Technologies Collaborative (NLCBT).
A perfect storm is heading for the building industry. Energy prices continue to rise due to worldwide demand that increases both the cost of construction and building operation for owners and developers.
Watkins Glen International (WGI), one of the nation’s most historic auto racing tracks, signed a contract with Juice Energy to become the first U.S. motorsports facility to use renewable energy to fulfill all of its energy needs.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Landis+Gyr Holdings Pty Ltd. will provide smart meters to Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery Co. Oncor will install the meters in 3 million homes and small businesses.