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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. Green Power: Onsite or Offsite?

    September 23, 2014 | 0 comments

    If you’re considering alternative energy sources for your commercial building, it’s important to realize that you have two options: you can choose to generate green power onsite or purchase it from a third party. Here is some information that may help you decide … (more…)


  3. Putting a Solar Power Purchase Agreement to Work

    November 27, 2013 | 0 comments

    If solar is being considered as a green power option for your commercial building, don’t assume you have to install rooftop photovoltaics or invest in other solar power infrastructure.

    By participating in a solar power purchase agreement (SPPA), you can reap the benefits of solar power while saving on upfront capital costs and avoiding concerns about system performance or maintenance. Here’s how an SPPA works … (more…)