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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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Updating Pennsylvania Building Codes

So. Building Codes. There it is, a title as unvarnished as its subject. There’s no dressing up building codes. They can’t be set to plucky music. So why are they worthy of your attention? Well to start, Pennsylvania’s inability to adopt up-to-date codes is costing you money. And I don’t just mean if you live […]

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The New Forest Hills Borough Building – A Net-Zero Energy Solution

The following guest blog post by Patricia DeMarco, a member of the Forest Hills Borough Council, describes the process the borough undertook to arrive at a sound decision for their community members: a new net-zero borough building.   Forest Hills Borough, a community of about 6,500 people located seven miles east of Pittsburgh, is approaching its […]

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