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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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Member-Only LEED Tour and Craft Night: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

What better way to spend a chilly night than at the innovative and whimsical Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? Event guests will receive a tour of the LEED-Silver certified space, enjoy great food and drinks, and get a chance to make something cool with the museum’s MAKESHOP staff. Join us!

 

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One of our city’s top museums for children and families has a lot going for it. Not only has it been listed as one of Parents Magazine’s Top 15 children’s museums in the country (2015), but in 2006 it was the first  museum of its size in the country to achieve a LEED silver designation. The space incorporates sustainability, health and high-performance into the museum experience too, with features like a demonstration solar energy system and a vegetated roof. Other green features include dual flush toilets, a composting system in the museum cafe, reused and salvaged building materials, and 100% renewable energy used for electricity.

This unique tour offers GBA members insight into the sustainable aspects of the museum along with a networking happy hour in the building’s foyer. To top it off, guests can try their hand at crafting a little something to bring home with them. The tour, led by museum Deputy Director Chris Siefert, will include details about how the building’s LEED certification has impacted operations, visitor experience, and employee satisfaction in the years since it achieved its Silver status. Siefert, who oversaw all aspects of the museum’s LEED Silver expansion, earned his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University. He regularly presents at conferences and webinars addressing issues of non-profit leadership, sustainability, and the roles of institutions in their communities.

Agenda:

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – LEED tour of the muesum

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Food, drinks, networking, and making our own silk screen craft to take home

Learning Objectives:

1.Discover how the LEED NC rating system can be applied to a museum, and used in ongoing education of even the youngest audiences.

2.Learn how a LEED NC certification can impact building operations over a long period of time.

3.Explore the LEED NC certified space of the Children’s Museum and learn about the features implemented and credits pursued.

4.Learn how iconic Pittsburgh buildings like this one are leading their industries in healthy and high-performing buildings.

 

 

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This event is approved for 1.0 LEED AP BD+C GBCI CEUs and 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.

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GBA Office Tour

Allow GBA to share its LEED-CI Platinum space with you!

 

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EXPERIENCE:

Come check out the many green features in GBA’s own LEED Platinum office!  You already know that we believe healthy, high-performing spaces make a difference for occupants, but if you don’t want simply to take our word for it, this is your chance to see for yourself.  Hear our staff lay out what they love about working in a LEED-certified office!

(Take a look at our green building directory listing for a sneak peek of what the tour will include!)

 

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SCHEDULE:

5:00-6:00–Guided office tour with a GBA staff member followed by a question and answer session.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

*Learn how GBA achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the LEED-CI rating system.

*Discover how a building tenant can achieve its sustainability goals by using LEED for commercial interiors.

*Gain insight into the process and lessons learned when a project pursues LEED for commercial interiors.

*Find out how a green work space can impact employee wellness and productivity.

 

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This event is approved for 1.0 LEED AP ID+C GBCI CEU.

 

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.

 

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GBA Office Tour

Allow GBA to share its LEED-CI Platinum space with you!

 

Register Now

 

EXPERIENCE:

Come check out the many green features in GBA’s own LEED Platinum office!  You already know that we believe healthy, high-performing spaces make a difference for occupants, but if you don’t want simply to take our word for it, this is your chance to see for yourself.  Hear our staff lay out what they love about working in a LEED-certified office!

(Take a look at our green building directory listing for a sneak peek of what the tour will include!)

outside

 

SCHEDULE:

5:00-6:00–Guided office tour with a GBA staff member followed by a question and answer session.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

*Learn how GBA achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the LEED-CI rating system.

*Discover how a building tenant can achieve its sustainability goals by using LEED for commercial interiors.

*Gain insight into the process and lessons learned when a project pursues LEED for commercial interiors.

*Find out how a green work space can impact employee wellness and productivity.

 

GBCI CMP

This event is approved for 1.0 LEED AP ID+C GBCI CEU.

 

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.

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GBA Office Tour

Register Now

 

Come check out the many green features in GBA’s own LEED Platinum office!  You already know that we believe healthy, high-performing spaces make a difference for occupants, but if you don’t want simply to take our word for it, this is your chance to see for yourself.  Hear our staff lay out what they love about working in a LEED-certified office!

(Take a look at our green building directory listing for a sneak peek of what the tour will include!)

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GBA Office Tour

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Come check out the many green features in GBA’s own LEED Platinum office!  You already know that we believe healthy, high-performing spaces make a difference for occupants, but if you don’t want simply to take our word for it, this is your chance to see for yourself.  Hear our staff lay out what they love about working in a LEED-certified office!

(Take a look at our green building directory listing for a sneak peek of what the tour will include!)

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Leslie’s Vacation Verde: Tucson

Since returning from my Russian green building exchange (where my colleagues and I spent nearly all our time observing, discussing, tweeting, and blogging about the sustainable successes and challenges we found in the cities we visited), my senses have remained on auto-detect: constantly scanning their surroundings, looking for hints of sustainable living. So when I […]

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Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Training

With support from GBA, the Design Center is partnering with Design Corps, SEED Network, and AIA Pittsburgh to provide SEED training to local designers and community leaders.

SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) is a 2-day training and certification on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. SEED goes beyond green design with a “triple bottom line” approach that includes the social and economic, as well as the environmental.

This year, SEED has become part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED accreditation. The SEED credit, “Social equity within the community,” will reward LEED projects for “identifying and responding to inequities by using strategies based on community engagement and involvement of the project in addressing identified neighborhood needs, especially of the most vulnerable populations.”

For more information and to register, click here. The speakers will be announced soon!

Earn AIA/CES 11.5 LU Hours and 11.0 GBCI CEUs.

REGISTRATION & PRICING

General:
• Super Early Bird (ends 4/5/2015 11:00 pm EST): $225
• Early Bird (ends 5/5/2015 11:00 pm EST): $250
• Regular: $275

AIA, SEED Member, GBA:
• Super Early Bird (ends 4/5/2015 11:00 pm EST): $175
• Early Bird (ends 5/5/2015 11:00 pm EST): $200
• Regular: $225

Student: $150

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GBA Office Tour

Register Now

 

Come check out the many green features in GBA’s own LEED Platinum office!  You already know that we believe healthy, high-performing spaces make a difference for occupants, but if you don’t want simply to take our word for it, this is your chance to see for yourself.  Hear our staff lay out what they love about working in a LEED-certified office!

(Take a look at our green building directory listing for a sneak peek of what the tour will include!)

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Leave the LEED and Green Globes incentives in HB 210

A big vote is coming up on Tuesday February 24 that we need your help on.  Please contact your state representative and ask them to leave the LEED and Green Globes incentives in the bill so that we can have more green schools. HB 210 goes to vote on Tuesday the 24th. This bill makes  […]

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