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Minimizing Carbon Emissions from Grid Electricity

It’s All About Timing: How to Minimize Carbon Emissions from Grid Electricity A Follow-Up from Greenbuild 2021 We all know that using energy produces carbon emissions. But did you know when you use energy is almost as important in reducing carbon? This is the concept explored by “The Future of the Grid and its Impact […]

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What We Learned at Greenbuild 2021

GBA team members attended Greenbuild both in-person and online this year. They will share specific take-aways about what they learned in the coming weeks but here, we explore some trends they identified. This year’s Greenbuild returned to its traditional in-person format, with an option to attend virtually as well. No doubt those industry veterans who […]

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GBA’s Jenna Cramer Recognized for Key Contributions to United Nations Sustainable Energy Initiative

Jenna Cramer, Executive Director of Green Building Alliance (GBA), joined international partners in receiving an award for outstanding impact on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Sustainable Energy Subprogramme. The award – which honored the group for catalyzing the High Performance Buildings Initiative, drafting the framework guidelines for energy efficiency standards […]

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What We Learned on Our Tour of the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse at Hazelwood Green is an incredibly unique project that combines sustainability, adaptive reuse, and support of local artisans. Green Building Alliance and Monmade enjoyed a tour of the space recently, and Monmade’s sustainability consultant, Shayna Bodi, shares her highlights from the tour below. Here is what we learned about the building that will […]

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Out of the Ashes-the Greenest of the Green is Born

An Interview with John Brooks, BRINC Building Products Always a builder and construction person at heart, former Lumber Grader John Brooks spent two years of his “spare” time as a young, single dad remodeling his home in the small town of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  John had full custody of his two children – 7 and 8 […]

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Books for Sustainability Nerds Volume II

A Review of Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History How do we make energy for all? Well, Science Historian Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History attempts to answer that question by looking at the past 500 years of European and North American history. More of a read for policy wonks than technocrats, Energy won’t bring […]

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Designing a Living Building… on Mars

The premise was simple. Design an ultra-efficient net-zero energy and net-zero water building to withstand -50 F degree temperatures and 150 mile per hour winds. Straightforward, no? As an added note, not much is known to have survived in this subarctic climate, and water must be shipped from a far-off land. This is not in […]

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Community Solar Conquers Pittsburgh Shade

This is part one of a two-part series.  Rooftop solar is growing across Western Pennsylvania, with Allegheny County now boasting the second-highest number of solar installations in the state at almost 1,800, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. Once considered a specialty product, solar is becoming a decidedly mainstream investment—even in a cloudy state like […]

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