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  1. First Building Achieves WELL Platinum Certification

    December 9, 2014 | 2 comments

    The first building to achieve the WELL Platinum Pilot Certification from the International WELL Building Institute has been identified: the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.

    This facility was also the first to meet the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, achieving Net Zero Energy Certification. (Not to mention its LEED Platinum and Four-Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative certification.)

    How did they do it? The Center for Sustainable Landscapes focused on an integrated design process that involved evaluation of end-users’ needs, along with charrettes between the project team and staff throughout the process. (more…)


  2. Cool Roofs vs. Garden Roofs

    August 26, 2014 | 0 comments

    Garden roofs and cool roof systems both offer energy-saving advantages over traditional black roofs, which may absorb heat and contribute to high HVAC loads and energy use.

    Installing a cool roof or garden roof may decrease roof temperature and building cooling loads. As a result, the lifecycle of your building’s rooftop and HVAC equipment may be prolonged. Both roof types offer points toward LEED certification as well. (more…)