Energy Efficiency

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Green Building Alliance Supports Pennsylvania Treasury’s PennSEF Program to Finance Sustainable Innovation in Western Pennsylvania

(Pittsburgh, PA) November 20, 2017 – Continuing nearly a quarter century of work helping buildings become more efficient and healthier, Green Building Alliance (GBA) is helping local organizations access lower cost capital for energy, water, and resiliency upgrades through the statewide Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance (PennSEF) program.  Thanks to a grant from the West Penn […]

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West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund RFP

Do you have a clean energy project that needs funding? West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund will be putting more money on the streets to support clean energy activities that benefit the West Penn Power ratepayers through a Request for Proposals (RFP) released this week. Applicants applying for WPPSEF financing do not have to be […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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Passive House Signed, (Thermally) Sealed, and Delivered

We did it (insert exuberant emoji here)! In collaboration with our amazing set of partners, GBA has successfully delivered the first locally taught Passive House training in Western Pennsylvania–40 hours and five jam-packed days taught by Western Pennsylvanians themselves. Before we do a little horn tooting, a huge thank you goes out to the organizations […]

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Forward Capacity: New Revenue Source for Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy efficiency projects are well-known for their long-term cost savings and permanent energy load reduction. In the PJM Interconnection, they can also generate unexpected but substantial revenue streams when offered on PJM’s forward capacity market as a capacity resource. Proper measurement and verification, though, is the key. How does energy efficiency help regional transmission organizations stabilize […]

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From Vienna to Pittsburgh: What’s the Fuss with the Passive House Movement?

In the past year or so you may have noticed that GBA has been quite supportive of the Passive House standard.  Why?  Well, designing and building buildings that use 1/10 the energy of traditional buildings is likely one of the best ways to reduce human’s contribution to climate change.  And as we are all about […]

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Passive House Conference 2017

Recently, the 21st International Passive House Conference 2017 was held in Vienna, Austria. In addition to the presentation of papers at the Passive House Conference, there were more than 70 exhibitors displaying products that help make the most energy efficient buildings in the world possible. Buildings built to the Passive House standard are very low […]

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Green Building Ninja Style: How the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority Snuck into the Passive House Game

State agencies have not always been a friend to green buildings. There are outdated building codes, unpredictable defunding schemes, and of course garden variety bureaucratic inertia. But out of the ashes has risen a dark horse, an unlikely but stalwart advocate for healthy and high performing buildings: the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA).  What exactly […]

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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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