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Latest on Green Buildings from the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh

Building green is becoming more and more the norm, and the latest email update from the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh provides ample evidence. Here’s just some of what’s going on--

Cool Space Awards: Cool Space Locator presents the first annual Cool Space Awards to celebrate Southwestern Pennsylvania's unique urban spaces. Nominations are due by February 11. The mission of the Cool Space Awards program is to celebrate and highlight the cool spaces in our midst. CSL's long term goal is to create excitement about cool spaces that will encourage adaptive reuse of urban locations. Highlights of the program include a judges panel whose participants have contributed significantly to the economic and physical transformation of our communities, as well as an "April Cools Day" party on Friday, April 1st, where winning spaces will be awarded and photographic layouts of those spaces displayed.

Pittsburgh's Green Buildings Featured in the Economist: Pittsburgh’s green buildings and the Green Building Alliance’s Rebecca Flora were featured in the December 2 issue of the Economist, "The Rise of the Green Building." Flora made the point that, “Most people are not used to thinking of large buildings as vast, energy-guzzling machines. But that is what they are. In America, buildings account for 65 percent of electricity consumption, 36 percent of total energy use and 30 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions. So making buildings more energy-efficient could have a significant impact on energy policy. That is a key goal of the “green architecture” movement, which is changing the way buildings are designed, built and run.”

Pittsburgh Green Buildings featured in Costing Case Studies: Castcon Stone, Inc, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Siemens Westinghouse Fuel Cell Facility, McGowan Institute for regenerative Medicine, CMU New House Residence Hall, Felician Sisters Convent & Sacred Heart High school, were six of eleven buildings featured in the Nov-Dec 2004 edition of Deign Cost Data magazine which focuses on Building Green in America.

Fall Issue of GBA's Cornerstone Available Online: This issue features a case study of DEP’s California Office Building, Green Spotlight on Cost & Value of LEED with Alan Traugott, Helping to Prevent Flooding: A Rational Method for Brownfield Development with Deborah Lange and an update on GBA's Public Policy program.


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