GBA Tries on the JUST Label, and it’s Just Right

Equity is officially #trending. Like its buzzy conceptual sisters (ahem: eco-friendly), equity has found its way into mainstream corporate communications, marking the newest iteration of responsible reporting. This verbal over saturation has the same impact as an overstocked grocery shelf.  When every product claims to be ‘natural’ or ‘healthy,’ you stop paying attention and just […]

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Westinghouse vs. Edison: Pittsburgh’s Energy Redux

More than a century after Pittsburgh dominated electrical innovation, the city is once again lighting the way towards energy reinvention. The Energy Grid Research and Infrastructure Development (GRID) Institute, launched by the University of Pittsburgh, boasts one of the most technically sophisticated testing laboratories in the country, and leads the nation’s efforts to develop micro-grid […]

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GPRO Operations and Maintenance Essentials: What’s It Really Like?

“This course greatly increased my awareness of the complex the process of going green, and how important it is to the environment.” – former GPRO Student Green Building Alliance trains a lot of professionals in the design and construction fields, but we recently decided to add a particular focus to facilities professionals by offering GPRO Operations […]

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Membership Drive Raffle Winners

Green Building Alliance is excited to announce the winners of our membership drive raffle, Laura Almendinger, Belinda Nuth Sloboda, and Jeff Burd! Winners received gift certificates from Monmade to shop from a selection of Greater Pittsburgh area producers of specialty goods. We reached out to them to ask about what they value most in their […]

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Biophilia: Designed by Nature

Biophilia literally translates to love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. E.O. Wilson coined the term in 1984, but it’s a concept that we all inherently understand. Biophilia explains why we feel more relaxed in nature, why all of our senses are fully engaged when we […]

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Passive House Tradesperson Training is Coming to Pittsburgh

The designs are in. But how do you actually build a Passive House building? It’s a need we hear from many architects and engineers in Pittsburgh. Such is the success of the local Passive House push that there simply aren’t enough builders with knowledge of Passive House to complete the construction. So we’re hosting Pittsburgh’s first […]

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PACE-ing Energy Efficiency In Pennsylvania

A barrier for many businesses considering energy efficiency retrofits is upfront capital.  Even if there is institutional will, a business owner must first and foremost meet daily expenses, and then consider the commitments throughout the entire period of repayment.  But what if the debt were tied to the building in question? How would the financial […]

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Michelle Fanzo: On Storytelling and the Power of Place

Michelle Fanzo has worn many hats throughout her illustrious career, working in international development, urban sustainability, and public health. After traveling the world multiple times over, she now returns as the executive director of AIA Pittsburgh.  Despite her overwhelming accomplishments, we couldn’t help but ask this former journalist about the power of a truly good story. […]

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The new Cornell Residence building is the largest Passive House building in the world

Cornell’s newest Residence building The House is the largest Passive House building in the world at 26 stories and 272,500 square feet. As a large residence hall, there were unique challenges encountered, such as ensuring the most efficient appliances were used in every installation and minimizing penetrations through the exterior building wall (i.e. dryer vents). […]

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