Financing Green Building Projects

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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 There are outdated building codes, unpredictable defunding schemes, and of course garden variety bureaucratic inertia.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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The Hills are Alive with Solarize Allegheny!

These nonprofit solar experts are making your community greener. Find out if your roof can gleam with new solar panels. Summer is a time for sunburns, sunporches, and, of course, photovoltaic cells. For those of us living in one of Pittsburgh’s charming (read: hilly and tree-lined) neighborhoods, going solar may seem like that European getaway you’ve been pining for […]

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Financing Strategies for the Race to Zero Energy

Our fourth and final “Race to Zero Energy” session was held at Google’s Pittsburgh Office in Bakery Square on August 25. We heard presentations about financing opportunities and strategies from project team members and funders. These experts gave insight into different types of loans, grants, and other funding that they use or provide for their sustainable […]

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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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The PA Sustainable Energy Funds – the best-kept secret in sustainability financing

I recently attended the Power & Foresight Conference for the Sustainable Energy Funds hosted at Penn State in State College. Starting my green energy career in Virginia, I wasn’t aware of all the ins and outs of the electric provider deregulation process that occurred in Pennsylvania (Virginia is still a regulated Commonwealth), including the establishment […]

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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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Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings: Part 3

Throughout my series of Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings, we’ve looked at examples of mandatory green building criteria and expedited reviews in other municipalities. My hope is that we can adapt some similar practices right here in Pittsburgh. To drive this home, let’s take a look at direct financial incentives. PennSTAR: Implement […]

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Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings: Part 2

Mike here again. In this short series, I offer up several ideas for how Pittsburgh could craft policies and legislation relating to healthy and high-performing buildings. In Part 1, I explored mandatory green building criteria. Here, I want to take a look at another common method I’ve seen municipalities utilize: expedited review and other indirect […]

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Energy Efficiency Just Got Really EASY in Erie County

In partnership with the Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRA), Green Building Alliance (GBA) is pleased to offer the Erie County Energy Efficiency Support Year (E3SY) or EASY! EASY! is a free program available to Erie County municipalities and other governmental entities to help them identify easy ways to save energy. Green Building Alliance support services include: Basic energy planning […]

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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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