Policy & Advocacy

Green Building United approaches state and local policy efforts with an understanding that buildings are the primary driver of climate change in our region and by far the best opportunity to mitigate and to adapt to future climate impacts.

To dramatically reduce climate and environmental impacts from buildings and sites, while improving occupant health and comfort and lowering operating costs, Green Building United focuses on the following priority issue areas.

Progress under each of these issue areas advances the goal of a sustainable, healthy, and resilient built environment for all.

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Priority Issue Areas

  • Improve building performance and educate consumers in order to reduce energy use and cut costs
  • Update and enforce building codes to create a safer and more efficient built environment
  • Promote above-code building standards and practices, especially where it connects to affordability and improved health outcomes 
  • Advance green stormwater infrastructure to improve climate resilience

Featured News

Video: An Overview of Energy Code Changes in Pennsylvania

On January 30, Green Building United and partners hosted an event to outline the amended code adoption process in Pennsylvania under Act 36 of 2017, including Philadelphia's one-time opportunity to adopt 2018 commercial codes. The event also highlighted key energy code changes in 2015/2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1 2013/2016. Watch the video recording courtesy of AIA Pennsylvania.

Video: Energy Code Training

On January 30, Green Building United and partners hosted a 3-hour training session for architects and engineers interested in a deeper dive into commercial energy code changes in 2015/2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1 2013/2016. The session covered changes in mechanical, lighting, and envelope requirements. Watch the video recording courtesy of AIA Pennsylvania.

Blogs

The latest on our legislative efforts and opportunities for engagement

Publications

In-house fact sheets and reports

External News

Coverage of Green Building United in regional news publications

Legacy Partners

Platinum Partners

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