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Pittsburgh Pivots toward Passive House

Pittsburgh has spent the last thirty years greening its economy, which initially involved merely a shift from heavy industry to the less resource intensive health and technology sectors. It was motivated by concerns for public health (if one more person references ‘hell with the lid off’ this author might revolt!), but mostly by economic necessity. […]

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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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Lessons from the Living Future unConference

I just returned from my first outing to the Living Future unConference, hosted by the International Living Future Institute. From conference keynotes to session leaders, I heard some things that were worth writing down…and some that I even want to frame in my house for daily inspiration! In honor of my lessons learned, I present an (un)blog […]

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Why Traveling by Train is Your Greatest Productivity Secret

With the Pennsylvania Legislature studying the benefits of extended Amtrak service to Pittsburgh, it begs the question: Did you know there is Amtrak service to Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh is a city disconnected from the northeast corridor and notoriously out of the way for commuters from Boston, Philadelphia, and D.C. There are no high-speed trains, no state-of-the-art […]

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The Hills are Alive with Solarize Allegheny!

These nonprofit solar experts are making your community greener. Find out if your roof can gleam with new solar panels. Summer is a time for sunburns, sunporches, and, of course, photovoltaic cells. For those of us living in one of Pittsburgh’s charming (read: hilly and tree-lined) neighborhoods, going solar may seem like that European getaway you’ve been pining for […]

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Autonomous Vehicles Reimagined

Imagine if no one on your street owned a car. No one speeds through pedestrian zones, no one runs over your garbage cans. And in fact, your cobbled street just grew by two lanes, because the 90% of time that your car remains parked has been eliminated. This is not a utopian environmental fantasy, nor […]

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Frick Environmental Center to Receive Leadership Award at GBA’s 2017 Emerald Evening

As the hillsides celebrate spring, Green Building Alliance is thrilled to honor the Frick Environmental Center with our new Leadership Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening gala. The Frick Environmental Center is the world’s first free-to-the-public building engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge, and achieve LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency. This municipal treasure […]

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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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Green Building: The Nutshell Version

Passive House. Zero energy buildings. LEED buildings. You’ve probably heard all of these terms used to describe a green building, and you know that all have something to do with energy efficiency. There are certifications, design standards, and buzzwords to track, and while all engender a sort of warm feeling of familiarity, the exact relationships […]

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Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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