Author Archive | Leslie Montgomery


Launching the Next Cohort of the Sustainability Leadership Lab

An architect, a contractor, an energy policy advocate, a mechanical engineer, a landscape architect, a home energy auditor, and a sustainability coordinator: what do these professionals have in common? In 2018, they all joined together in a long-term learning cohort called the Sustainability Leadership Lab, to explore their individual and collective roles in how the […]

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Let’s Go GPRO

We all know that the quest for healthy and high-performing buildings does not end at the completion of construction. In fact, that’s just the beginning! Once a building is occupied, energy models and water budgets transform into real-life building users turning on lights, faucets, and computers. Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only […]

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Sneak Peek: GBA’s Events and Tours in 2017

A new year means new educational opportunities through Green Building Alliance! We’re excited to explore several threads and themes with you in 2017, and also look forward to some stellar tours. As our team works to finalize the education calendar, below is a sneak peek of what’s on our radar. The events we’re planning have […]

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Introduction to Passive House by Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is a trainer with the Passive House Academy, and an international authority on the Passive House Standard. Michael visited Pittsburgh in December 2016 to lead a training for future Certified Passive House Designers and Consultants in partnership with Green Building Alliance and Passive House Western Pennsylvania. While in town, Michael gave a presentation […]

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Fast Facts: How GBA Reports Your Continuing Education Hours

As you may know, Green Building Alliance offers a variety of opportunities for AIA and LEED professionals to earn continuing education units (CEUs) that count toward credential maintenance. These CEUs are associated with events that contribute to professional development, offer new insights into the green building industry, and provide valuable networking opportunities. The ability to offer […]

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GBA Launches its Race to Zero Energy Series

GBA’s sizzling summer series on The Race to Zero Energy has something for everyone! Check it out and join us for just one event… or all four! At Green Building Alliance, we strive to provide educational experiences that help encourage building owners and practitioners to learn from each other, discover new ways of accomplishing their goals, and work […]

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Business Advantages to Third-Party Certifications

Green building and place standards like Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have become mainstream, demonstrating a clear focus on designing for a sustainable future. While third-party certifications may not fit every project, they add significant value, provide quality control and assurance, and must be considered for prudent business. Studies prove […]

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Preview: The Cost of LEED v4 by BuildingGreen

I did some light reading over the holidays, pouring through all 100+ pages of BuildingGreen’s new “The Cost of LEED v4” report. As GBA’s in-house LEED Green Associate exam prep course instructor, general green building nerd, and long-time BuildingGreen devotee, I couldn’t wait until after the break to lay my eyes on it. I also wanted […]

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Notes from Greenbuild 2015’s “Communities & Affordable Housing Summit”

I really enjoyed the Communities & Affordable Housing Summit at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo because it places a different perspective on the issues we discuss during the week at the conference, and those we work on every day back at the office. Aspects of high-performing buildings like durability, lower operating costs, and healthier indoor […]

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