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From Vienna to Pittsburgh: What’s the Fuss with the Passive House Movement?

In the past year or so you may have noticed that GBA has been quite supportive of the Passive House standard.  Why?  Well, designing and building buildings that use 1/10 the energy of traditional buildings is likely one of the best ways to reduce human’s contribution to climate change.  And as we are all about […]

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Sustainable Design Leaders: Innovative, Integrated, & Impactful

This is a guest post by architect Patricia Culley from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Over the last ten years, architectural design firms have increasingly started to invest in dedicated personnel to guide their firm’s sustainability efforts at the leadership level. As these efforts increase, the role of the Sustainable Design Leader has emerged, but has been […]

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Millvale EcoDistrict to be honored with Inspiration Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening Gala

Green Building Alliance is thrilled to honor the Millvale EcoDistrict with our Inspiration Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening gala and awards ceremony. With a history of devastating floods and disinvestment, the residents of Millvale are reimagining their community, and building a neighborhood where everyone can thrive. Join us on September 21st as we celebrate their vision, […]

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The Pittsburgh 2030 District Dives into Lighting

The Energy Innovation Center hosted the July Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees heard from four of the District’s sponsors who highlighted recent projects and initiatives, giving Property Partners ideas to take back to their facilities. WHAT WE LEARNED: Still considering an LED lighting retrofit? The right time might be now. Troy Geanopulos, […]

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Passive House Conference 2017

Recently, the 21st International Passive House Conference 2017 was held in Vienna, Austria. In addition to the presentation of papers at the Passive House Conference, there were more than 70 exhibitors displaying products that help make the most energy efficient buildings in the world possible. Buildings built to the Passive House standard are very low […]

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Green Building Ninja Style: How the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority Snuck into the Passive House Game

State agencies have not always been a friend to green buildings. There are outdated building codes, unpredictable defunding schemes, and of course garden variety bureaucratic inertia. But out of the ashes has risen a dark horse, an unlikely but stalwart advocate for healthy and high performing buildings: the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA).  What exactly […]

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Lessons from Higher Education: Pittsburgh 2030 District Takes CMU

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University hosted the June Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees heard from four presenters on a range of CMU projects and initiatives – from the work of the Scott Institute to new construction projects and storm water mitigation strategies. What We Learned […]

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Let’s Go GPRO

We all know that the quest for healthy and high-performing buildings does not end at the completion of construction. In fact, that’s just the beginning! Once a building is occupied, energy models and water budgets transform into real-life building users turning on lights, faucets, and computers. Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only […]

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Majestic Lane to Receive Luminary Award at Emerald Evening 2017

Green Building Alliance is delighted to honor Majestic Lane with our 2017 Luminary Award at this year’s Emerald Evening gala and awards ceremony. Majestic has dedicated his career to creating thriving communities and his ability to inspire change has benefited all 90 of Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods.  On September 21, we will celebrate his leadership in sustainability […]

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