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Biophilia: Designed by Nature

Biophilia: Designed by Nature

February 19th, 2018

Biophilia literally translates to love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. E.O. Wilson coined the term in 1984, but it’s a concept that we all inherently understand. Biophilia explains why we feel more relaxed in nature, why all of our senses are fully en[...]

Passive House Tradesperson Training is Coming to Pittsburgh

Passive House Tradesperson Training is Coming to Pittsburgh

February 12th, 2018

The designs are in. But how do you actually build a Passive House building? It's a need we hear from many architects and engineers in Pittsburgh. Such is the success of the local Passive House push that there simply aren't enough builders with knowledge of Passive House to complete the construction.[...]

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PACE-ing Energy Efficiency In Pennsylvania

February 8th, 2018

A barrier for many businesses considering energy efficiency retrofits is upfront capital.  Even if there is institutional will, a business owner must first and foremost meet daily expenses, and then consider the commitments throughout the entire period of repayment.  But what if the debt were tied[...]

Michelle Fanzo: On Storytelling and the Power of Place

Michelle Fanzo: On Storytelling and the Power of Place

February 6th, 2018

Michelle Fanzo has worn many hats throughout her illustrious career, working in international development, urban sustainability, and public health. After traveling the world multiple times over, she now returns as the executive director of AIA Pittsburgh.  Despite her overwhelming accomplishments, w[...]

The new Cornell Residence building is the largest Passive House building in the world

The new Cornell Residence building is the largest Passive House building in the world

February 5th, 2018

Cornell's newest Residence building The House is the largest Passive House building in the world at 26 stories and 272,500 square feet. As a large residence hall, there were unique challenges encountered, such as ensuring the most efficient appliances were used in every installation and minimizing [...]

 

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