On October 20, over 60 educators and industry representatives came together to forge connections, to discuss the state of the building industry today, what role educational institutions can play in driving the market and how to bridge the transition. Transforming the energy efficiency industry towards an integrated systems approach will require a systems approach to education, which will require breaking down silos and educating across functions.Read More
The Building 661+ project team has been hard at work on planning and concept design for the project. As they move into the criteria design phase, they plan to add another valuable member to the team. One key factor in an effective Integrated Design Process is early input and involvement from team members with construction knowledge and expertise. To incorporate the most industry expertise into the Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing/Fire Protection (MEP/FP) systems selection and design, the 661+ Construction Manager, Balfour Beatty, is publishing a Sources Sought for an Integrated Design MEP Specialist. This will be followed by a Request for Proposal to interested firms. All MEP contractors are strongly encouraged to participate in this process.
Please view document here for more information on how you can help achieve GPIC’s goal to transform the commercial building retrofit and new construction processes into a systems-delivery industry!Read More
On January 25, the Pennsylvania State House voted 170-18 in support for House Bill 193, sponsored by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), which would require all state building projects to achieve a federal Energy Star rating of at least 75. The High Performance State Standards bill would apply to state-owned construction projects where the building exceeds 20,000 gross square feet. A variety of green building rating systems would be acceptable under the bill, but a minimum set of criteria would be established to ensure compliance. These would include being consensus-based, employing third-party post construction review and verification and having a track record of certified green buildings in the United States. In addition to Pennsylvania, either other states have recently taken legislative steps to promote green buildings.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.Read More