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PNC’s Onsite Well-being Centers Achieve LEED Silver

In 2015, PNC Financial Services opened onsite Well-being Centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Miamisburg, Ohio, providing convenient, affordable, and quality care. Among other services, the centers offer primary, preventive, and urgent care, as well as lab services, annual physicals, well-woman exams, and physical therapy. Both centers are open for all employees enrolled in PNC medical benefits, their covered […]

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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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Covestro BrightSpace in the Works at Energy Innovation Center

Thanks to Covestro, LLC’s new sponsorship with the Energy Innovation Center (EIC), Pittsburgh will soon have a new, innovative, efficient and beautiful meeting space in the Uptown neighborhood. The 2,150 sq. ft. conference room will be complemented with a 725 sq. ft. adjoining classroom, overlooking the Allegheny River. Many of Covestro’s high-tech materials have been […]

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Call for Presentations: MBA Green Builders Symposium

The Master Builders’ Association will host its Green Builders Symposium this year on Thursday, October 15 at the MBA headquarters. As a popular event for constructors with green credentials who require continuing education credits, this is a great opportunity for a professional to present and to demonstrate their knowledge of green construction to their peers. MBA […]

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Yes to Green Building in Yekaterinburg

Following our very productive and memorable visit to Perm, my colleagues and I headed to Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city and the political capital of the Ural Mountains. What an absolutely beautiful and intriguing city! While we spent much of our time in Perm with academics and researchers, we spent most of our time in Yekaterinburg with […]

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Reflections from the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference

I just returned from the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference in Philadelphia and am all atwitter with excitement from hearing great speakers and meeting interesting people.  The event was organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, and included a keynote speech by Claire Barnett of the Healthy […]

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The Vision 2020 Summit Offered Renewed Motivation and Inspiriation for 2013

Launched in 2011, Vision 2020 is Hanley Wood’s “ongoing project that seeks to set and track critical metrics and milestones by which housing must adjust its business-as-usual paradigm.”  Though focused on housing, many aspects of Vision 2020 are applicable throughout the building industry — and yet another way to get exposed to a bit of […]

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Life Cycle Assessment

With the recent explosion of green claims clinging onto many everyday and building products, consumers are often confused as to which declarations and labels they should believe, and which are greenwashing.  Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a decision support tool that can help manufacturers, organizations, and consumers better assess, understand, manage and optimize the economic […]

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Embodied Energy

What constitutes the greenest building?  At the recent Greening of Historic Properties Summit last October, we heard the preservationists answer that question by saying it is the building that is already built!  Their response was based on knowledge of the amount of embodied energy existing buildings contain. Embodied energy is any energy required to mine, […]

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Forest Stewardship Council Certified Wood Products

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international network that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.  Founded by a diverse group of industry and environmental stakeholders, including the Rainforest Alliance, FSC developed a consistent, comprehensive and reliable set of third-party certification standards for forest management and wood products that are applied to manufacturers and […]

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