The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.
Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange.
(Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org
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Completed in 2016, the 16,000-sf FEC facility is one of 21 buildings worldwide to score Living Building certification, and only the second in Pennsylvania. FEC is one of the first to meet Building Challenge designation under v2.1, which requires a building to produce as much energy as it consumes annually, eliminate toxic and harmful chemicals, and collect and treat its own water.
A net-zero building, the FEC incorporates solar and geothermal energy to use 40 pct less energy compared to buildings of the same size in the same region.
The center is also US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency and is a recipient of the Green Building Alliance Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, and an Education Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Source: Construction Specifier, 17 May, 2018)
Contact: Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Frick Environmental Center, (412) 586-4576, www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center; Living Future Institute, (206) 273-2028, https://living-future.org
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LIFA runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Council and other leading-edge programs.(Source: ILFI, PR, 15 Mar., 2017)
Contact: International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, (401) 661-3679, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ilfi.org; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org
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