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p4 Measures Compared to Green Building & Sustainable Development Certifications

At this point, almost everyone in the building world is familiar (if not intimate) with LEED, with emerging awareness of the Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and Passiv House.  BUT,  in Pittsburgh, there is a new framework in town, developed right here. You’ve heard “p4” tossed about as the next frontier of sustainable, urban […]

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To Advance Ambitions for Sustainability, Pittsburgh Can Look to Seattle for Inspiration.

With its vast array of innovative sustainable projects, Pittsburgh is often touted as a green leader.  But to truly innovate, Pittsburgh must look beyond the city limits for inspiration as it continues on its path toward healthy, high performing sustainable design and construction. One such source is King County in the Greater Seattle area. This jurisdiction […]

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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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Architecture Trending

To the outside observer, architecture probably does not seem a dynamic profession. Inside the profession, however, practicing architecture has been about managing the pace of change over the past generation. Not all change has been good (see, fee erosion and schedule compression) and not all has been bad. It usually requires the perspective of a decade or so to judge whether or not something was a trend […]

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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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Passive House Isn’t Just for Houses

The term “Passive House” has become more frequent in the green building industry, but there is often confusion about its application. Despite its title, the Passive House building standard can be applied to office buildings, schools, supermarkets, residences, and more. It’s becoming more popular and it’s happening here in Pittsburgh. What is Passive House? Passive House […]

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Applications Due August 25 for State Grants & Loans for Green Building & Renewable Energy

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is now accepting applications for two green building and renewable energy funding programs. The application deadline is August 25, 2016. The programs include: High Performance Green Building Program: Grants and loan funds to support high performance buildings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania built or renovated by individual homeowners and small […]

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Frick Environmental Center: Pittsburgh’s Newest Living Building Nears Completion

Construction at the Frick Environmental Center is nearing completion, and GBA recently received an updated sneak peek tour of Pittsburgh’s newest Living Building. (It will be Pittsburgh’s second Living Building and one of only twelve in the world!) Its design is focused on 7 key performance areas, or “petals,” as per the Living Building Challenge certification program: site, water, energy, […]

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Hotel Indigo East Liberty Exemplifies Sustainability in Hospitality

Nestled in Pittsburgh’s burgeoning East Liberty neighborhood, Pittsburgh’s latest boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo, demonstrates the renewal and restoration happening nearby, with an eye on sustainability and efficiency. Comprised of 3 renovated buildings and 1 new addition, the hotel is pursuing LEED Silver certification, preserves local heritage, conserves energy, reuses water, and recycles materials. We’re excited to […]

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Green Building Update: No Turning Back

When Richard Piacentini and the board of Phipps began planning for the conversion of the former public works garage into an exhibit staging center, there was no discussion of delivering the project in a manner other than to the most rigorous environmental standards. Rather than viewing the Center for Sustainable Landscapes as a one-off demonstration […]

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