In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S. Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]
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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 […]
Homeowners can make great strides to change the carbon footprint of their homes through weatherization, the installation of insulation and using alternative energy sources. But as a renter, your hands are tied. So if you’re hoping to keep your housing eco-friendly and save on your utilities bill, you’ll want to make sure the building meets […]
To the outside observer, architecture probably does not seem a dynamic profession. Inside the profession, however, practicing architecture has been about managing the pace of change over the past generation. Not all change has been good (see, fee erosion and schedule compression) and not all has been bad. It usually requires the perspective of a decade or so to judge whether or not something was a trend […]
Over the last decade, The Tower at PNC Plaza has been one of the Pittsburgh region’s most anticipated developments, but its origins stretch back to the late 1990s when The PNC Financial Services started its green building journey. In 2000, PNC opened PNC Firstside Center, then the largest LEED certified building in the world. Later, […]
Join 3R Building Sustainability and GBA to learn tips and tricks for successful LEED projects!
Every point is vital to your project achieving the desired level of LEED certification! Learn best practices for the successful submittal of commonly missed and challenging LEED credits with long-time LEED reviewers and consultants, Carla Mitchell and Dr. Christine Kuntz. They have seen it all, having poured through design and construction documents, compliance narratives, and credit documentations of LEED registered projects from around the globe. As reviewers, they help the GBCI determine which credits are awarded to project teams, and they offer feedback to those project teams for how they can achieve credits. Join Green Building Alliance for a morning with Carla and Christine as they explain common pitfalls with various LEED credits, as well as suggestions for successfully achieving credits. This comprehensive look at LEED v2009 credit categories can benefit project teams, consultants, students, and building owners alike! Even better, Carla and Christine will also share a few tips for LEED v4 projects. The information shared in this session will focus on BD+C New Construction Submittals. Coffee and breakfast are included.
About the Speakers
Carla J. Mitchell, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Project Reviewer
Carla Mitchell is a Principal at 3R Building Sustainability. She has over nine years of sustainable design and project experience as part of her twenty-two years of mechanical design experience. The majority of Carla’s career has focused on commercial building projects including commercial offices, multi-family/mixed-use residential, universities, sports facilities, senior living facilities, and medical facilities.
Currently, Carla’s concentration is on the energy components of high-performance buildings. She has six years of LEED review experience, specializing in Commercial Interiors, New Construction, Existing Renovation, Core and Shell, and Schools projects. She oversees a team of energy reviewers and consultants, providing technical guidance and quality control for projects pursuing LEED certification. Carla currently holds the LEED AP BD+C and LEED Project Reviewer credentials.
Prior to joining 3R, Carla was a Project Manager with a large MEP consulting firm which focused on engineering exceptional environments through high performance design. She provided project management and mechanical system design for multiple high profile projects, as well as LEED project documentation and energy modeling.
Dr. Christine F. Kuntz, LEED AP BD+C and ID+C, LEED Project Reviewer
Christine is a Principal at 3R Building Sustainability and specializes in the location and transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, and materials and resources categories of sustainable design. She currently holds the LEED AP BD+C and ID+C specialties, as well as the LEED Project Reviewer credential and has six years of review experience in LEED for Commercial Interiors, New Construction and Major Renovations, Core and Shell, and Schools rating systems. She currently manages a team of both in-house staff and contract reviewers, providing both review process management and technical oversight for projects throughout the world attempting LEED certification.
Christine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2000, and went on to Study Environmental Engineering at The George Washington University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in 2002. She worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington D.C. where her team investigated the feasibility of water efficiency and renewable energy projects for the federal government.
Prior to joining 3R, Christine researched in-situ applications of photon density wave spectroscopy at the University of Potsdam in Germany, where she earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.
8:30 – Register, Grab Breakfast
8:45 – Presentations and Q&A
10:00 – Event Wrap-Up
- Gain insight from practicing LEED project reviewers on the types of mistakes commonly seen on LEED BD+C project submittals.
- Discover and understand which LEED BD+C credits are most difficult to achieve and why.
- Learn best practices for the successful submittal of commonly missed and challenging LEED BD+C credits.
- Learn some tips for how to achieve success in LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system.
This event is pending approval for 1.0 LEED BD+C-Specific GBCI CEUs and for 1.0 AIA HSW hours.
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.
GBA is excited to announce our 2016 Legacy Award honoree: Dr. Jared L. Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University’s Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, President Emeritus, and University Professor. As Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) third-longest president and current director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Dr. Cohon has been a […]
Nestled in Pittsburgh’s burgeoning East Liberty neighborhood, Pittsburgh’s latest boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo, demonstrates the renewal and restoration happening nearby, with an eye on sustainability and efficiency. Comprised of 3 renovated buildings and 1 new addition, the hotel is pursuing LEED Silver certification, preserves local heritage, conserves energy, reuses water, and recycles materials. We’re excited to […]
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s latest report, LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities, highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and implement LEED and prioritize environmental stewardship for industrial facilities. The report showcases the most impressive LEED certified industrial facilities in the world and includes a foreword from Pittsburgh’s own Mayor William […]
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 […]