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ILFI Living Product Hub Launched, GBA Members to Receive Discount to 2017 Living Product Expo

On April 18, 2017, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), in collaboration with Green Building Alliance (GBA), officially launched the new Pittsburgh Living Product Hub at a happy hour generously hosted by Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens. Through this new partnership, GBA members can receive an early-bird discount of $300 when they register for ILFI’s […]

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Living Building Challenge: Project Updates

Come hear project updates from several Pittsburgh organizations that are pursuing or have achieved Living Building Certification!living project

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EXPERIENCE

(Living Building Challenge) LBC is one of the newer building certification programs available, and it was designed to extend beyond building certification to be an advocacy tool and philosophy that defines measures of sustainability and works towards end-game positive solutions for the built environment. In Pittsburgh, there are several projects in various stages of pursuing and achieving certification under this rating system. We’re excited to invite you to join GBA at Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes for a chance to hear project updates from some of the LBC project teams in Pittsburgh. While at Phipps, we will also get the chance to tour and learn more about the LBC features of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes!

Presenters/Projects:

RVP headshot DSC_0353 Since 1994, Richard Piacentini has led the green transformation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens including construction of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, the first building in the world to meet: the Living Building Challenge™, LEED® Platinum, WELL™ Platinum, and 4 Stars Sustainable SITES™ certifications. Piacentini is interested in Biophilia and the important connection between people and plants particularly as it relates to human and environmental wellness. He serves as past Chair of the International Living Future Institute™ (ILFI) and is a past president of the American Public Gardens Association. He is a recipient of numerous professional honors, including ILFI and U.S. Green Building Council leadership awards. Richard has a BS in Pharmacy, MBA, and MS in Botany.

 

Noah Shaltes

Noah Shaltes is a construction project manager at PJ Dick, where he is overseeing the construction of the soon-to-be-opened Frick Environmental Center. The Frick Environmenal Center has been engineered to meet Living Building Challenge as well as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Noah has been with PJ Dick since 2009, and prior to that he owned and was the general contractor for Shaltes Construction Service, LLC. He has a BAE and M.Eng. in Construction Management and Architectural Engineering from Penn State.

 

IMG_3782 (2)Dr. Elisa Haransky-Beck has been working with the folks at Schwartz Living Market to make the building, which is owned by her family, a living building. While not working to transform the Schwartz Living Market, Elisa works as a developmental optometrist. She specializes in optometric vision therapy, natural vision improvement, and paradigm shifting. She is a trained Ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, founder of Sustainable Monroeville, and one of 40 Environmental Heroes awarded by GASP, the Group Against Smog and Pollution in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

This project update is one of several events happening along the East Coast in preparation for the Living Product Expo. 

Interested in learning more about the Living Building Challenge and the Living Product Challenge? Join the International Living Future Institute for the second annual Living Product Expo right here in Pittsburgh, September 13-15, 2016. Learn more about the Expo here.

 

AGENDA

4:00-5:00–Presentations, Panel Discussion, Q&A

5:00-5:30–Networking, Appetizers, and Cash Bar

5:30-6:00–Tour of Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes

 

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This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 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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Green Roof Walking Tour: Oakland

Grab your sneakers and get ready to breathe in some fresh fall air while exploring four of Oakland’s coolest green roofs. Co-hosted by the Pittsburgh 2030 District, this walking tour offers you a unique chance to see four green roofs in Oakland. That’s four tours in one!

 

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EXPERIENCE

Building owners and managers in Oakland have focused on energy efficiency for a long time, but since the Pittsburgh 2030 District expanded into Oakland last year, there are more opportunities than ever for these owners to learn, implement, and share their knowledge about healthy and high-performing buildings.

Case in point: the green roof.

Many Oakland (and Downtown, for that matter) buildings have them, but you wouldn’t know it because you can’t see them! Green roofs help reduce the heat island effect, assist in stormwater management, reduce building energy use, and can even be used for urban food production. On this tour, you’ll get an in-depth look at four different green roofs, while also getting your daily exercise and exploring Oakland!

Our tour will begin at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum and will continue on to University of Pittsburgh’s Posvar Hall. From there, we’ll head to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and finally end our tour just before sunset at Carnegie Mellon University’s Hamerschlag Hall.

Each building will have staff members on hand to provide our private tour of their green roof. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get four tours in one, burn some calories, and explore one of Pittsburgh’s coolest neighborhoods!

We’ll offer small snacks and portable drinks along the way. If everyone is interested in going out to dinner after the tour, we can hit up a local restaurant for dinner. 

*This tour has limited capacity.

SCHEDULE

4:00 – 4:30 – Meet at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Tour Roof #1

4:30 – 4:45 – Walk

4:45 – 5:15 – Arrive at University of Pittsburgh’s Posvar Hall. Tour Roof #2

5:15 – 5:30 Walk

5:30 – 6:00 – Arrive at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Tour Roof #3

6:00 – 6:15 – Walk  

6:15 – 6:45 – Arrive at CMU’s Hamerschlag Hall. Tour Roof #4

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Architects, engineers, landscape architects, building owners and managers, students, sustainability consultants, Pittsburgh 2030 District partners, and interested citizens.

Pittsburgh 2030 District

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. * Learn about the many benefits of green roofs and how they can be applied to different types of buildings.
  2. * Gain perspectives on green roofs from four building owners regarding motivation, benefits, challenges, and lessons learned.
  3. * Discover how green roofs help building owners work towards goals of the Pittsburgh 2030 District and how they can contribute to credits for LEED.
  4. * Learn how green roofs reduce heat island effect, assist in stormwater management, and reduce building energy use.

 

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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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See a Living Building: PHIPPS BEHIND THE SCENES

West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund Energy Workshop and Tour

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a leader in the green building movement. The Phipps team has taken sustainability excellence to the next level by going beyond its buildings to lead by example, initiating a holistic approach to green all of its operations and programs. The organization demonstrates Power & Foresight in achieving the Living Building Challenge™ for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs, and serves as a key part of the public garden’s immersive visitor experience. In producing all of its own renewable energy, and treating and reusing all water captured on site, the CSL demonstrates the benefits of humanity living in harmony with nature. The CSL is the first and only project to simultaneously attain the planet’s highest sustainable building certifications:

  • Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green building standard
  • LEED Platinum – tied for the highest points awarded under version 2.2
  • First and only Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for landscapes project (pilot)
  • First and only WELL Building Platinum project (pilot)

This event is being organized by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund in collaboration with Richard Piacentini who serves as Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

You Will Learn & See

The workshop will be held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is located immediately adjacent to the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Learn about “The Greening of Phipps”:

  • Why did Phipps decide to build the CSL?
  • The leadership role Phipps took to bring a building like this to Pittsburgh
  • The integrative design process
  • Key lessons learned
  • See one of Earth’s greenest buildings, designed to operate as efficiently as a flower.

Event Summary

  • Date – August 18, 2015
  • Location – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA) adjacent to the Center for Sustainable Landscapes
  • Light Refreshments: (9:30-10:00)
  • Interactive Workshop (10:00-11:15)
  • Tour (11:15-12:15)
  • Working lunch and wrap-up (12:15 – 1:00)

To register email bjr10@psu.edu

West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of clean energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. Investments are made to promote: the use of renewable and clean energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency, and the attraction, establishment, and retention of sustainable energy businesses.Visit our website

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Phipps’ Blackwater System: Let’s Dive In

Join us as we explore how the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes treats its blackwater through a low-energy process that interfaces with the building and the landscape.

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Phipps CSL

EXPERIENCE

It’s one of the greenest buildings on the planet.  But what earns the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) certification as a LEED Platinum, Four-Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), net-zero energy building?  The answer is in part its innovative blackwater system.  On this tour and presentation, you will learn the specifics of the CSL’s waste treatment system and how the building and the landscape aids in water treatment.  You will discover how Phipps is influencing local water treatment standards by reducing impact on municipal sewage systems. Perhaps most importantly, you will hear how similar on-site water treatment systems can be scaled to a variety of building sites.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Architects, landscape designers, public policy workers, engineers, facility and property managers, real estate brokers.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Gain an understanding of the CSL’s waste treatment system and how the system interfaces with the building and landscape.

2. Dive into the nuts and bolts of the constructed wetland system and path of treatment.

3. Talk about the DEP and ACHD’s requirements for treated water re-use and the limitations of the local and state jurisdiction.

4. Learn about the importance of nutrient cycling and how is it scalable; understand the damages of conventional waste treatment and how nature deals with waste.

Refreshments will be provided.

 

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI LEED Specific: AP BD+C CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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Meet Green Building Alliance’s Russian Visitors

Last week, Green Building Alliance welcomed  three young Russian professionals to Pittsburgh as part of our peer-to-peer green building dialogue. This is GBA’s third year participating in the program and a small cohort of our staff will head to Russia in May to continue the exchange. Here, we introduce you to our new friends and […]

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Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

Pittsburgh, Pa. — A world leader in sustainable innovation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has achieved the Living Building Challenge™ for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs, and serves as a key part of the public garden’s immersive visitor experience. In producing all of […]

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Emerald Evening 2014 Thank You

What a night!  We were thrilled to welcome 350 of our friends, partners, and supporters last Thursday for an evening of networking and camaraderie. It was wonderful to toast each other, share a delicious meal, and honor the wonderful work being done to create healthy and high-performing spaces in our region!  We enjoyed live music […]

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I Know Something You Don’t Know

I have a secret!  We just closed voting for GBA’s Emerald Evening 2014 Luminary Awards and I know who the winner is!  But if you want to know, you’ll have to come to our event on September 25th!  Here’s a reminder about who our fabulous finalists are and a preview of what you can expect at […]

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Emerald Update: Richard Piacentini and the Legacy Award

Our Emerald Evening 2014 may be two months away (mark your calendars for September 25th!), but we’re already getting excited about the fun, the food, the friends, and the festivities!  Here is a look at a very special highlight of the evening: our Legacy Award.  Green Building Alliance has selected Phipps Conservatory’s Richard Piacentini as […]

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