The Punch List – 6/1/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest news in green buildings and sustainability.

Celebrating a remarkable achievement in green building. Frick Environmental Center joins only 20 other buildings with Living Building Certification – the highest green building standard demanding extensive performance requirements like net zero water and energy. The project is only the second in PA to achieve this status.

Long-awaited updates are PA’s code to success in sustainability. The 2015 building codes passed at the PA state level – the first code update since 2009. Significant as the new code is expected to save property owners hundreds of dollars each year. The code will go into full effect on October 1. Other benefits of the code? Guidelines for graywater reuse and tighter efficiency requirements.

100% clean energy use is on Pittsburgh’s to-do list. The City of Pittsburgh council approved the Climate Action Plan 3.0 which includes halving energy and water consumption and emissions from transportation by 2030.  The plan culminates from the efforts of 300 people representing 90 organizations and businesses in over 100 meetings.

$1.7 Million in State support for sustainability. Corl Street Elementary School in State College Area School District has been granted $1.7 million from the state for energy-efficient and sustainable projects in its renovations. The school, along with two others in the district, is aiming to achieve LEED Gold certification.

One step away from C-PACE: the Governor’s stamp of approval. The PA House passed the financing bill for C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Green Energy) to the governor for final approval. This means property owners wanting to update their buildings in terms of efficiency and energy can finance the project with long term, low cost loans. In turn, the financial burden shifts to the property itself. Advocates say this will create more local skilled jobs.  Pennsylvania will follow 33 “PACE-enabling ” states if passed.

Self-sustaining schools are the best. Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus was honored with the USGBC 2018 Best of Green Schools Award for a Higher Education Institution. Each building on the stunning campus is LEED Platinum certified.


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