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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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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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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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GBA Installs Dream Bike Room

In 2014, GBA won Dero’s Dream Bike Room contest.  After two years of planning and implementation, we unveiled our new “dream bike room” to the public on October 12, 2016, at a Bike Room Bash in partnership with Dero and BikePGH. The Dero Dream Bike Room contest was a social media competition in which organizations […]

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p4 Pittsburgh Performance Measures

Last week, p4 Pittsburgh released the p4 Performance Measures, which have been in development for all of 2016. The twelve p4 Performance Measures “will help determine investment prioritization for Pittsburgh’s real estate development projects” in the following categories, each of which offers 10 possible points: Community Opportunity Economy Housing Land Public Connect Rainwater Air Energy Innovation […]

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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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Technology in the Race to Zero Energy: Identifying Energy Inefficiencies

Session 2 of “The Race to Zero Energy” series, on June 23, was held at Carnegie Robotics in Lawrenceville. The state-of-the-art facility, formerly a warehouse from the steel era, houses the design of robotic products with heavy commercial and research applications. Here, attendees gathered to learn about new technologies impacting energy use in the building sector. This month’s session […]

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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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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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What Would a GBAer Do: Whole House Energy Audit

My house was built in 1905; we purchased it in 2003. Over the past decade, we’ve done a fair amount of home improvement work inside and out – on things you can see and those you can’t. However, with a 100+-year-old home, the list of potential energy efficiency and conservation measures is long. We’ve been checking items […]

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