July 2013: Green Construction Special Report


Lighting and control technology advances and creative daylighting implementation 
are propelling green lighting practices. ECs...

We have seen it before in the movies—machines so smart they start to talk to...

Energy-efficiency-based renovations are surging ahead of new construction lately as legislation and the sheer cost...

When you think about it, today’s electrical contractor (EC) is an energy-efficiency adviser. It may...

Market action

In a growing world of green building, energy-efficient design and sustainability, you might assume the...

“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building...

Though utility rebates on energy-efficient electrical products have waxed and waned during the past 20...

The new Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif. Credit: Chad Ziemendorf

You can’t create something out of nothing, but the Northern California Chapter, NECA and IBEW...

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| July 2013
Despite the growing popularity of solar and wind power, the two renewable technologies still suffer from one glaring weakness: both generate power at nature’s mercy.

| July 2013
I was involved recently in a discussion on lightning protection for various types of buildings and what standards applied to those installations or if the installations requir

| July 2013
Perhaps nothing showcases technology’s ability to innovate and change lives better than the science behind 
renewable power.

| July 2013
Nuclear power’s proponents are a bit like the Chicago Cubs fans of energy development—steadfastly optimistic, even in the midst of a current-season disaster.

| July 2013
If the United States stops burning coal, shuts down one-quarter of existing nuclear reactors and trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind