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GPRO Operations and Maintenance Essentials: What’s It Really Like?

“This course greatly increased my awareness of the complex the process of going green, and how important it is to the environment.” – former GPRO Student Green Building Alliance trains a lot of professionals in the design and construction fields, but we recently decided to add a particular focus to facilities professionals by offering GPRO Operations […]

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Business Advantages to Third-Party Certifications

Green building and place standards like Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have become mainstream, demonstrating a clear focus on designing for a sustainable future. While third-party certifications may not fit every project, they add significant value, provide quality control and assurance, and must be considered for prudent business. Studies prove […]

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LEED v4 and The New Sustainability Measures

The U.S. Green Building Council launched its new Version 4 of LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – at its annual Greenbuild conference last fall. This article (written by Janel Everly for CMAA’s eJournal) outlines the major new and revised provisions of LEED that may affect CMs and their clients. What does LEED […]

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Thoughtful Balance’s Recent Passive House Project: Did We or Did We Not?

We have completed our McKeesport Downtown Housing project, 84 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for people at risk for homelessness.  It is a remarkable project in several ways; it is the first attempt at a complex multi-family retrofit as a Passive House in the country, it is a historic building insulated from the inside, […]

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