Market and technology trends driving wind energy forward By Don Rosato Oil and natural gas prices and environmental forces are all key wind energy drivers. But the fact that wind energy has the highest rate of return among the various sources of alternative energy is attracting new "players" into the energy sector. Within the global wind power arena, the wind turbine industry has become one of the world's largest markets for plastic composites. The total installed wind capacity was expected to reach 318 GW by the end of 2013, enough to provide almost 4 percent of the global electricity demand.
Report: Most LEED projects in Sweden pursue highest classes of LEED EDC Magazine The majority of registered LEED projects in Sweden consistently go on to achieve the highest tiers of LEED certification, with 23 percent of all certified projects earning Platinum certification and 67 percent achieving Gold, according to LEED in Motion: Sweden, a new report from the USGBC. The report also notes that six projects were certified in the first part of 2014, and if this trend continues, Sweden will see a 33 percent increase over 2013's number of certified projects.
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Green Building Initiative new project certifications Today's Facility Manager The Green Building Initiative has announced a diverse list of recently completed construction projects in the institutional, commercial, and retail segments that have received Green Globes certification, according to GBI President Jerry Yudelson.
Budding success with green roof incentives BUILDINGS If you want your next roofing project to come up roses, you might consider growing some up there — and if you really want to gild the lily, plant some incentive funding into the plot.
Aging water, wastewater infrastructure legislation passed EDC Magazine The House-Senate committee has released legislation to create a pilot Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority that would lower the cost of renewing America's aging water infrastructure. The American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation praised WIFIA as a new finance tool to help communities address essential water and wastewater infrastructure projects at a lower cost, saving consumers money on their water bills.
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Top 3 trends in colored LED applications BUILDINGS Whether your organization uses them for wayfinding or special effects, colored LEDs can make a big impact at theaters, retail establishments, and other occasions where a splash of color is needed. "Colored lights are very effective in creating more drama or entertainment," explains Gerard Harbers, CTO of Xicato, a solid state lighting company. "We believe it's important to use color for branding."
This is how far ahead of the US China is on green energy Time China and the U.S. are the world's two largest carbon emitters. China has bridled at international commitments to cut total levels of emissions, preferring to peg emissions targets to economic growth. But last month the two countries pledged to discuss steeper cuts in emissions.