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Honoring Highmark Health – 2021 Emerald Evening Vanguard Awardee

In the 1990s, Highmark Inc., a subsidiary of Highmark Health located their Pittsburgh offices in Penn Avenue Place.  These offices were designed and renovated based upon green building principles before there was a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.  The turn-of-the-century department store building was renovated as opposed to being torn down […]

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Downtown Lunch and Learn: Pursuing the WELL Building Standard

Join GBA at IKM Inc. offices for a Lunch and Learn featuring insights into the WELL building standard from WELL faculty, Pete Jefferson.



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The WELL Building Standard has just crossed the 100 million SF threshold for project registration. As a performance-based standard, WELL includes requirements that the project actually operates in accordance with the standard in order to achieve certification. What many teams are discovering in the process of pursuing WELL is that the evolution from prescriptive standards, like LEED, to performance standards like WELL, introduces a new paradigm into the design process. “How will my building perform?” and “what happens if it doesn’t?” are questions that have to be analyzed in the design process.


Pete Jefferson (Forte Building Science) will share strategies that his team is using on WELL projects to achieve the performance requirements, particularly in the areas of Air, Water, Light and Comfort. Projects that will serve as case studies include existing commercial interiors, a new middle school, speculative offices, and a historic building renovation.


This event is part of a special Road to Greenbuild initiative of the US Green Building Council, as a way to build awareness and momentum for the Greenbuild Expo in Boston from November 8-10. One participant from this Lunch & Learn will win a complementary 3-day pass to Greenbuild! The winner will be notified by November 1. Room and board are not included.


Green Building Alliance is hosting a series of Lunch & Learn events at the IKM offices, to make these education opportunities more accessible for the downtown crowd! Pop over to IKM’s beautiful LEED-certified space over lunch… and learn something new about green building trends at the same time!



Pete Jefferson, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP, HBDP
Vice President | Building Science Practice Leader
Forte Building Science

Pete was one of the first in the U.S. to obtain WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) credentialing and leads a team that specializes in Project Planning, Research & Analytics, Commissioning & Testing, and Certifications. He brings a whole-systems perspective and a deep knowledge of sustainable approaches to his projects to achieve high-performance buildings. Pete draws from his engineering background to look at the building as an integrated system, where climate, architecture, and systems must work harmoniously to yield the best outcomes for owners, operators, and occupants. In seventeen years of practice, his work has produced numerous LEED-Platinum and Net-Zero achievements. He is currently consulting on over ten projects pursuing WELL certification, representing several million square feet of commercial, industrial, and educational space.



11:30 – Lunch and Presentation

12:30 – Q&A Time

1:00 – Event Wrap-Up



This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and approved for 1.5 AIA LU/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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p4 Measures Compared to Green Building & Sustainable Development Certifications

At this point, almost everyone in the building world is familiar (if not intimate) with LEED, with emerging awareness of the Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and Passiv House.  BUT,  in Pittsburgh, there is a new framework in town, developed right here. You’ve heard “p4” tossed about as the next frontier of sustainable, urban […]

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