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EP Summer Tour and Cookout: Sota Construction LEED Platinum Headquarters

September 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Ernie Sota invites you to the LEED Platinum headquarters of his construction company to tour the space, enjoy food and drinks, and learn about upcoming green building projects!

Glass wall in the office building

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Join GBA’s Emerging Professionals for an end-of-summer cookout at Sota Construction’s beautiful headquarters. This laid-back event offers a chance to relax and enjoy the outdoors with friends and colleagues, while also getting an inside look at one of Pennsylvania’s greenest buildings! You can also interact with the staff of Sota Construction Services and learn about some of their upcoming projects.



At this event, we’ll tour the LEED Platinum certified space of Sota Construction’s headquarters (which, at the time of completion, was one of the highest rated LEED certified buildings ever with 62 out of a possible 69 points, and the greenest building in Pennsylvania), and we’ll get to learn about some of the team’s upcoming projects. We’ll also enjoy food, drinks, and music on the patio as we celebrate the last days of summer!

Sota’s office building combines state-of-the-art structural, mechanical, and electrical systems with a super-efficient thermal envelope using natural building materials (including straw bale and interior walls using clay straw infill) in a unique way to not only provide a thermal mass but also a hygric mass to control humidity in the building.

The Sota Construction Office Building also incorporates a biophillic space to provide a supplemental heat source during the winter months as well as exterior exhaust/fresh air intake for the building’s environment.

This project builds on the work of the internationally renowned ARUP’s Chris Twinn along with Boston-based Building Science Corporation and Iams Consulting based in Pittsburgh. The goal for this project is to make it a net-zero energy building through low energy, consumption grid-tied roof-mounted photovoltaic, geothermal heat pumps, and radiant heating and cooling.

The Sota Construction Office Building embodies a new view of civilization for the 21st century as expressed by Soichiro Fukutake, president of the Benesse Corporation: ‘Use what exists to create what is to be.’



5:00 – Arrival, registration

5:15 – Opening Comments and Background from Ernie Sota

5:30 – 7:00 – Rotating guided tours with Sota staff members and food, drinks, networking, and Q&A



1. Gain insight into the motivations and applications behind one of our country’s greenest buildings.
2. Understand how the project team combined envelope techniques, energy performance (EAc1, LEED NC v2.2), efficient systems, and on-site renewable energy (EAc2, LEED NC v2.2) to move towards their goal of net-zero energy use.
3. Explore habitat-restoring features of the site, including the native and adaptive plants, and learn about the strategies used to build on this previously-developed site (SSc5.1-5.2, LEED NC v2.2).
4. Learn how the project team addressed the comfort and health of occupants by combining things like natural daylight (EQc8.1, LEED NC v2.2) and responsible products (EQc4.1 – 4.4, LEED NC v2.2).


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 LEED-Specific (BD+C) GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


September 7, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Nancy Jones


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Sota Construction Service
80 Union Avenue
Bellevue, PA 15202 United States
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