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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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Why Traveling by Train is Your Greatest Productivity Secret

With the Pennsylvania Legislature studying the benefits of extended Amtrak service to Pittsburgh, it begs the question: Did you know there is Amtrak service to Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh is a city disconnected from the northeast corridor and notoriously out of the way for commuters from Boston, Philadelphia, and D.C. There are no high-speed trains, no state-of-the-art […]

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Frick Environmental Center to Receive Leadership Award at GBA’s 2017 Emerald Evening

As the hillsides celebrate spring, Green Building Alliance is thrilled to honor the Frick Environmental Center with our new Leadership Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening gala. The Frick Environmental Center is the world’s first free-to-the-public building engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge, and achieve LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency. This municipal treasure […]

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ILFI Living Product Hub Launched, GBA Members to Receive Discount to 2017 Living Product Expo

On April 18, 2017, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), in collaboration with Green Building Alliance (GBA), officially launched the new Pittsburgh Living Product Hub at a happy hour generously hosted by Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens. Through this new partnership, GBA members can receive an early-bird discount of $300 when they register for ILFI’s […]

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Green Building: The Nutshell Version

Passive House. Zero energy buildings. LEED buildings. You’ve probably heard all of these terms used to describe a green building, and you know that all have something to do with energy efficiency. There are certifications, design standards, and buzzwords to track, and while all engender a sort of warm feeling of familiarity, the exact relationships […]

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Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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Environmental Justice & Civic Conversation

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.  Simple, honest, human conversation.  Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings.  Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.”  — Margaret Wheatley On January 17, 1971, John […]

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The Greenest Building could be the one you’ve already built

By Breana Wheeler, director of operations, BREEAM USA Existing Buildings Matter According to the Department of Energy, there are currently 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States, representing approximately 87.1 billion square feet of floor space[1].  Since 2003, 14% of that space was built new, leading to a flurry of building certifications (LEED, Well, […]

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Dollars for Decreases: Enroll in a Demand Response Program Today

ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS AND MANAGERS: GET PAID TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY USE THIS SUMMER. Our energy grid is highly reliable, however there are times when it experiences significant stress, like that hot day when everyone is blasting the AC. The significant peak in usage generally has one of two undesirable results.  Power companies could be forced to […]

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Does the answer to renewable energy lie in our humble utility rate codes?

This is a guest blog by environmental legal expert Ted Robinson Most environmentally conscious consumers know about the benefits of promoting renewable energy sources as well as energy efficiency and conservation programs.[1] However, there is another aspect of utility services that also has a significant impact on the environment, utility rate structure. The Pennsylvania Public […]

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