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Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon University are pleased to announce Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line.

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This focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

The built environment, which includes buildings, the transportation grid, and water collection and treatment systems, helps to sustain our economy and way of life, but at the cost of heavy resource use and waste generation. Buildings alone consume a substantial percentage of the materials produced globally each year and require significant amounts of energy for operation. Transportation grids are material-intensive, and the maintenance requirements of aging infrastructure in the developed world are stressing the abilities of municipalities to maintain viable systems. Renewal of urban water infrastructure with new, more sustainable systems delivering higher performance is a critical need, as failing infrastructure systems in many cities impact economic vitality and quality of life for residents. Stormwater management systems in many cities are inadequate and based on old paradigms, exacerbating flooding problems and leading to sewer overflows. Water also is interlinked with energy production and use, as significant amounts of water are required for energy generation, and production of high purity water with current membrane technologies requires significant amounts of energy.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: VEKA Inc.

Join GBA for an insider’s view of VEKA Inc., the world’s largest producer of window and door profiles. Experience their 700,000-square-foot manufacturing facility during this event. Take this opportunity to learn about the history of VEKA, the window and door profile manufacturing process, as well as how vinyl windows and doors help reduce energy consumption in this cradle to grave product assessment.

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We’ll start the afternoon off with light refreshments and networking prior to the presentation and tour, followed by a brief presentation on the past, present, and future of VEKA from President and CEO, Joe Peilert.  Then Kevin Seiling, VP of Engineering, will give an American Architectural Manufacturing Association, AIA Learning Unit Presentation entitled Vinyl Windows: Designed for Performance.  A facility tour will follow including Lean, Six Sigma, SMART, and Kaizen practices in the areas of:

  • Resin – Rail Car Delivery System
  • Compound Blendingveka
  • Extrusion/Packaging
  • Tool & Die
  • Regrind Recycle Program – LCA, Sustainability
  • Water Recycle System
  • Warehouse/Logistics
  • Testing Lab/Model Shop
  • Global Recycling Initiative

After the tour we’ll continue the conversation in VEKA’s two-story conservatory showroom. Replicated from the streets of Europe, this space features European and North American window and door products. Enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres while mixing and mingling with like-minded professionals. Carpooling is encouraged – if you are interested in carpooling, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to match people up accordingly.


Architects, designers, engineers, life cycle assessment specialists, and energy analysts.


  1. Discover the benefits of vinyl to the consumer and its well known energy-saving and sustainable properties.
  2. Explore the door and window profile manufacturing process.
  3. Demonstrate how specific reduced waste systems are synthesized and implemented in the manufacturing process.
  4. Summarize VEKA’s cradle to grave product assessment and the resultant process and material changes.
  5. Understand how water recycling reduces waste water in the manufacturing plant.

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 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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