There is more to clean energy than electric cars and solar panels. The need to reduce emissions from buildings, for example, has been well established. What is not so certain is how to accomplish this. One organization has the answer.
The Research Support Facility (RSF) located on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Boulder, Colo., has been certified LEED Platinum for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Like doctors, various organizations and authorities periodically attempt to gauge how their industries are doing by issuing studies that, in a sense, take a temperature reading on specific subjects. In this case, the mercury is green. In June, Siemens Corp.
As cars become more energy- and emissions-efficient, so are the factories that make them. General Motors recently announced two such projects that will bring renewable energy and more sustainable operation to its Michigan automobile assembly plants.
“The first and most important part of a LEED project, or any project, is having a strong team working to achieve the goal. We were lucky to work on a project where the owner, Shearer’s Foods, was dedicated to achieve a Gold-level LEED certification,” said Richard W.
The information technology (IT) industry is responsible for approximately 2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and data centers are the fastest growing part of that footprint, according to Pike Research.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it continues to exceed its energy-savings targets, placing the agency more than two-thirds of the way to achieving its goal to reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2015. “A year ago, the Postal Service projected ...
Standard 189.1, the Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, published in late January by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), provides the first code-intended commercial green building stan
Even during the Recession, the alternative-energy market has remained strong, either holding its own or growing. Throw a stick, and you will hit a project incorporating green power. It is a market driven by consumer interest, generous incentives and improving payback.
Buildings that can make their own energy have long been a goal for environmentally motivated architects and engineers, but the means for doing so have mostly been limited to bulky solar panels and wind turbines high enough to raise the ire of almost any community’s zoning board.
According to Pike Research, marine renewable-energy resources are poised for major growth over the next five years and could collectively capture as much as 10 or even 15 percent of the global electricity market by 2030.