Author Archive | Ruth Maust

Energy Audit with the EPs

As is fitting for an organization centered around green building, we at GBA pride ourselves on our own sustainable office space!  We host tours of our office and hold it up as an example of a green retrofit.  As we know, though, green building is not only about the materials chosen and the equipment installed: […]

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GBA's research and resource coordinator, Ruth Maust.

Zero-Waste Competition at Green Building Alliance!

As a participant in the Green Workplace Challenge, GBA has been working for months to perform green actions to decrease our impact on the environment, save energy, improve our health, and, obviously, to win! Our Platinum LEED-certified offices helped us start out on the right foot, but we of all people know that green workplaces […]

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About GBA’s Research Initiatives: Green Building Data

Whether it’s information about the green building products market, life cycle assessment figures, or building metrics comparables, it seems there’s never enough quantitative data available pertaining to the green building industry.  From its inception, the Green Building Alliance (GBA) has recognized this dearth of information, and has been working to improve the situation since 1999 […]

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Life Cycle Assessment

With the recent explosion of green claims clinging onto many everyday and building products, consumers are often confused as to which declarations and labels they should believe, and which are greenwashing.  Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a decision support tool that can help manufacturers, organizations, and consumers better assess, understand, manage and optimize the economic […]

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Phipps Welcome Center Case Study: Eye-catching, Inviting Space Greets Patrons

Light is drawn into the Welcome Center, warming the room for the soon record level number of visitors who will enter.  The space is forward-thinking and sustainable—the first LEED®-certified visitor’s center in a public garden.  Located within Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, the addition (which opened in 2005) utilizes energy- and water-efficient features, […]

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LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

Q:  What is LEED for Neighborhood Development? A:  LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, is a set of national standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for neighborhood location and design based on the combined principles of smart growth, new […]

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About GBA’s Expansion

In corporations, when done in a thoughtful and controlled way, growth is viewed in an extremely favorable manner.  The same can also hold true with nonprofits and the Green Building Alliance is currently implementing quite an expansion model of its own, adding five new employees to its staff within a recent eight-month period.  For many […]

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Green Spotlight on Green Operations

Q:  What benefits can building owners expect if they implement green operations practices in a building that may not have been designed and constructed to green criteria? A:  I don’t think the private side has been quick to adopt green design and construction strategies, primarily, I believe, due to the fact that there have not been many […]

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WYEP, “Where the Music (and the Environment) Matters”

By Tracy Certo for Green Building Alliance The initial thing Lee Ferraro asks first-time visitors to do when entering the new WYEP community broadcast building is to take a deep breath.  “What do you smell?” he asks. The correct answer is, “Nothing.” In this healthy, LEED Silver-rated studio, attention to green building is evident in […]

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Retro-Commissioning

With energy costs sky rocketing and the future of oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels in question, saving energy is a priority of many building owners and facility managers.  Given that, how can energy be saved without causing other problems and how do energy-saving-related projects stack up against other building projects competing for the […]

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