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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's Rooftop Garden

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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Boston's Green Affordable Housing Plan

Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings: Part 1

Several cities have created their own mandate and justification for supporting green buildings (see a good example from Long Beach here). To the extent that the public may, in some corners, remain skeptical, the City of Pittsburgh may want to craft an overall policy in addition to specific legislation. Municipal policies for the promotion of healthy […]

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Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Analyst Certification Course

One Stop and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) are holding a BPI Multifamily certification training course April 20 – 24 at the Westmoreland Community College. Why should I get certified? Demand for multifamily energy audits is on the rise in Pennsylvania & there is a shortage of certified energy auditors to do the work. […]

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Green Buildings and Base Camp: Getting Up the Mountain

As a former Washingtonian, I follow Seattle’s Daily Journal of Commerce to stay updated on news from my old stomping ground. Two recent articles published in DJC caught my attention. In the first article, Jerry Yudelson, president of the Green Building Initiative, said that green building in the U.S. has hit a wall because “perceived benefits don’t measure […]

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Erie’s Green Building Leadership

The Erie Art Museum recently achieved LEED Gold certification – the highest level of certification awarded to any building in Erie so far! To celebrate this accomplishment, we’re taking an in-depth look at this project’s features, along with a snapshot of other similar activity in the Erie area. If you haven’t visited Erie lately – […]

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Passive House Science

NOTE: the following article originally ran in BreakingGround Magazine – Odds are very high that if you are a reader of BreakingGround Magazine that you are familiar with green building certification programs. After all these sustainable programs have been around for decades and heck one could debate that we live in the birthplace of […]

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