A recent Green Building Council (USGBC) report, “LEED in Motion: Hospitality,” suggests that the hospitality industry is poised for significant growth in terms of green initiatives, including energy efficiency.
It could be said that the green movement has mastered the art of the possible, lauding every technological breakthrough as an innovative way for society to reduce harmful pollutants, harness renewable-energy sources and allow us to live comfortably in a digital age.
Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen), Bethesda, Md., retrofitted assisted-living facilities over several years to be greener and more energy-efficient, according to a December article in Facility Executive.
According to a Report by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), based on research conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton, the green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the United States and accounted for more than 2.3 million U.S. jobs in 2015.
Energy storage is indispensable to renewable power’s success. Increasingly, it is also becoming a prominent feature in the appeal of electric vehicles. Storage works at the wholesale and retail levels by facilitating grid stabilization and home energy management.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study in September that shows buildings are increasingly earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and that they are still using massive amounts of energy.
The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.
The growth of renewables and other energy technology is not just changing the way consumers get their power. The trend toward nontraditional fuel sources also is contributing inadvertently to the growth of other, previously ancillary systems that are riding the wave of green technology.
Hospitals are complicated environments for green-design practitioners. Their scale, the critical nature of their mission and their often-stretched budgets can make sustainability—however it’s defined—a tough sell, without clear evidence of a quick return on investment.
In August 2014, the U.S. Congress asked that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. It would require states to develop methods to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates.
Energy storage has become a hot topic, vitalized by the need to address issues related to green electrical construction, smart grid initiatives and energy independence. You won’t hear about it on the news every day (not yet, anyway).
Nothing says you have arrived more than an endorsement by a Fortune 500 corporation. In the race to capture the hearts and minds of American consumers, renewable power has arguably reached critical mass.