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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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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Passive House Education for All Levels!

Hello! Whether you’re new to the topic of Passive House design or you want to further hone your technical professional Passive House skills, GBA has partnered with Passive House Western PA (PHWPA) to make a variety of Passive House related topics available throughout the year. Check out the events below – each one specifies how […]

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We LOVE Our Members!

Really, we do. We are inspired by your dedication to creating a sustainable future for Western Pennsylvania that is socially just, economically viable, and environmentally responsible. Thanks to our members and supporters, we are making positive, measurable change in our region — dramatically reducing energy use, water use, and carbon emissions throughout Pittsburgh; nurturing a […]

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Greenwashing* is Bad, but Green Drying is Good

We often discuss ways to help make our homes and offices more energy efficient, such as using air barriers, insulation, and triple-pane windows. But what are some of the loads that you can reduce yourself without a major cash outlay or disruption to your home? Recently, I investigated getting some drying racks for my own home […]

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To Advance Ambitions for Sustainability, Pittsburgh Can Look to Seattle for Inspiration.

With its vast array of innovative sustainable projects, Pittsburgh is often touted as a green leader.  But to truly innovate, Pittsburgh must look beyond the city limits for inspiration as it continues on its path toward healthy, high performing sustainable design and construction. One such source is King County in the Greater Seattle area. This jurisdiction […]

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So Long, 2016! Here’s Where 2017 is Taking Us!

2017 will bring challenges and opportunities for green buildings and sustainability.  However, we at GBA like to look on the bright side, so here’s some positive perspectives from GBA staff about what we’re excited about in 2017 – along with what we’re proud of accomplishing in 2016. Ryan In 2017, I look forward to finding […]

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Encouragement from a Green Patriarch, Living Building Challenges, and More

The historic Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, site of the popular Greek Food Festival, hosted Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners for the December Partner Meeting. In addition to learning what drives their efforts, we also heard from the Watt Choices Public Agency Partnership Program, the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability & Resilience, and from the […]

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Fast Facts: How GBA Reports Your Continuing Education Hours

As you may know, Green Building Alliance offers a variety of opportunities for AIA and LEED professionals to earn continuing education units (CEUs) that count toward credential maintenance. These CEUs are associated with events that contribute to professional development, offer new insights into the green building industry, and provide valuable networking opportunities. The ability to offer […]

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The Fourth Metric: Indoor Air Quality and the Pittsburgh 2030 District

If you’re familiar with the Pittsburgh 2030 District, you can probably name the goals of the 2030 Challenge for Planning off the top of your head: 50% reductions (below baselines) for energy, water, and transportation emissions for existing buildings. But did you know that the Pittsburgh 2030 District has indoor air quality as a fourth […]

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