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To Advance Ambitions for Sustainability, Pittsburgh Can Look to Seattle for Inspiration.

With its vast array of innovative sustainable projects, Pittsburgh is often touted as a green leader.  But to truly innovate, Pittsburgh must look beyond the city limits for inspiration as it continues on its path toward healthy, high performing sustainable design and construction. One such source is King County in the Greater Seattle area. This jurisdiction […]

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So Long, 2016! Here’s Where 2017 is Taking Us!

2017 will bring challenges and opportunities for green buildings and sustainability.  However, we at GBA like to look on the bright side, so here’s some positive perspectives from GBA staff about what we’re excited about in 2017 – along with what we’re proud of accomplishing in 2016. Ryan In 2017, I look forward to finding […]

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Sneak Peek: GBA’s Events and Tours in 2017

A new year means new educational opportunities through Green Building Alliance! We’re excited to explore several threads and themes with you in 2017, and also look forward to some stellar tours. As our team works to finalize the education calendar, below is a sneak peek of what’s on our radar. The events we’re planning have […]

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Encouragement from a Green Patriarch, Living Building Challenges, and More

The historic Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, site of the popular Greek Food Festival, hosted Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners for the December Partner Meeting. In addition to learning what drives their efforts, we also heard from the Watt Choices Public Agency Partnership Program, the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability & Resilience, and from the […]

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Working Harder Than Ever in 2017

As GBA enters its 24th year with 16 staff members; a robust Board, network, membership, & funder set; and mission that continues to be hard to achieve, our work and yours remains more important than ever. Many of you have been with us on this quest for efficiency, cost savings, health, and quality control for […]

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Introduction to Passive House by Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is a trainer with the Passive House Academy, and an international authority on the Passive House Standard. Michael visited Pittsburgh in December 2016 to lead a training for future Certified Passive House Designers and Consultants in partnership with Green Building Alliance and Passive House Western Pennsylvania. While in town, Michael gave a presentation […]

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Architecture Trending

To the outside observer, architecture probably does not seem a dynamic profession. Inside the profession, however, practicing architecture has been about managing the pace of change over the past generation. Not all change has been good (see, fee erosion and schedule compression) and not all has been bad. It usually requires the perspective of a decade or so to judge whether or not something was a trend […]

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Fast Facts: How GBA Reports Your Continuing Education Hours

As you may know, Green Building Alliance offers a variety of opportunities for AIA and LEED professionals to earn continuing education units (CEUs) that count toward maintaining their credentials. These CEUs are associated with events that contribute to professional development, offer new insights into the green building industry, and provide valuable networking opportunities. The ability […]

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The Fourth Metric: Indoor Air Quality and the Pittsburgh 2030 District

If you’re familiar with the Pittsburgh 2030 District, you can probably name the goals of the 2030 Challenge for Planning off the top of your head: 50% reductions (below baselines) for energy, water, and transportation emissions for existing buildings. But did you know that the Pittsburgh 2030 District has indoor air quality as a fourth […]

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“City-Wide Green First Plan” Released for Public Comment

On December 2, 2016, the City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released their “City-Wide Green First Plan” for public comment.  Those two entities, along with four consulting teams, worked to create both an innovative and cost-effective plan that would meet the Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to […]

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