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Green Buildings Take Center Stage as World Counts Down to COP26: An Interview with United Nations’ Scott Foster

Today marks 100 days to COP26, a global summit hosted by the United Nations to discuss how countries are tackling climate change. COP stands for the Conference of Parties, and the COP summits are attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. This year’s summit is the 26th […]

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Healthy Buildings, Healthy Occupants: Point Park University

Motivation: Protect occupant health and safety Social/Environmental Benefits: Improve indoor air quality, improve occupant health, increase productivity Project Team: Christopher Hill, Vice President of Operations at Point Park University; Joe Burgunder, Mid-Atlantic Services Team Leader, TRANE Point Park University (PPU) responded to COVID-19 by moving to online education and establishing a task force to develop […]

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Out of the Ashes-the Greenest of the Green is Born

An Interview with John Brooks, BRINC Building Products Always a builder and construction person at heart, former Lumber Grader John Brooks spent two years of his “spare” time as a young, single dad remodeling his home in the small town of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  John had full custody of his two children – 7 and 8 […]

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2020 Progress Report: Building Community, The River Plaza at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Motivation: repair roof leaks, simplify maintenance, and create community meeting area  Social/Environmental Benefits: improve air quality, provide access to nature, reduce storm water runoff, reduce heat island effect  Total Area: ~17,000 ft2  Total Added Green Space: 4,582 ft2  Architect: Indovina Associate Architects LLC  Construction Manager: Mascaro Construction Company  Construction Inspection Services: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.  Landscape Architect: Eisler Landscapes  The David L. Lawrence Convention Center has always been a convening force both locally and around the region. When time came to […]

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2020 Progress Report: Plug Load Reduction at Community College of Allegheny County

Motivation: Energy reduction, cost savings  Social/Environmental Benefits: Less energy, lower carbon emissions  Building Area Affected: 1,500,000 ft2  Project Team: Tim Myers, IT System Administrator; Elaine Sadowski, Director of Energy and Sustainability  The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) dramatically saved energy through a network-wide power management system which put unused computers to sleep.  In many offices and computer labs, computers […]

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Green Building Bites on Site: Installation of ThermalBuck and ThermalTight on a Local Project

It can be an incredible challenge to find high-performance building products that are manufactured regionally. The benefit of these products is that they support local jobs and the economy, continue Western Pennsylvania’s legacy of leadership in both innovative manufacturing and sustainability, and reduce vehicle miles traveled for products used on local projects – all while […]

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Green Building Bites presents a look at Locally Grown Hemp Building Products

This edition of Green Building Bites brings you a green building product spotlight on hemp. In an interview with Lori Daytner, Vice President of Program Development at the DON group of companies (DON stands for Disability Options Network, the name of the group’s first non-profit) in New Castle, Pennsylvania, we learned more about regional innovations […]

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The Punchlist 4-30-21

Each week at the end of the week, we’ll share some of our favorite sustainability, climate, local, and whatever else – related stories. This week’s edition features more exciting local and national news about the environment! Dropped Plans: Previous plans for a fracking company to drill for gas at a Pittsburgh area steel mill have […]

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Connecting and Creating for Beautiful, Sustainable Places with Monmade

  Most everybody wants to do the right thing if they can.  This includes professionals in the built environment – developers, builders, interior designers, and architects.   But it’s not always easy to know where to go or how to do it. Connecting That’s where the genius of Monmade comes in. Originally a nonprofit program of […]

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The Punchlist 4-23-21

Each week at the end of the week, we’ll share some of our favorite sustainability, climate, local, and whatever else – related stories. This week’s edition features more exciting local and national news about the environment! Clean up Jobs: Two studies conducted by the Ohio River Valley Institute researched un-reclaimed coal mines and abandoned oil […]

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