Terms of Use

The following links provide access to the current versions of the various legal agreements and policy documents pertaining to the use of DASH. Each of these documents can be printed and/or saved from this location; however, by creating a DASH user account, you automatically accept and agree to these terms, depending on your level of activity within DASH.

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This page states the Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) that govern visitor ("You" or “Your” or “Yourself”) access and use of Green Building Alliance (“We” or “Us” or “Our”) products, software, services, and Website (collectively “Our Site”, “Our Services”, or “Our Site and Services”) and any and all information, text, graphics, graphs, reports, photos, or other materials uploaded, downloaded, or appearing on Our Services (collectively "Content"). By using Our Services, You agree to be bound by all of the Terms and Conditions set forth below. If You do not accept these Terms and Conditions, please do not use Our Services. We may, in Our sole discretion, revise these Terms and Conditions at any time; therefore, You should visit this page periodically to review the Terms and Conditions.

Our Services

You may use Our Services for legal purposes only. Your rights to use Our Services may be further limited by federal law or the laws or regulations in Your particular state or locality.

Your Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions

The Terms constitute a legal agreement between You, as a visitor to Our Site and Services, and Us. Any information provided by You is also subject to Our Privacy Policy , which is incorporated by reference into the Terms. By using Our Services, You acknowledge and agree that You have read and agree to the terms in Our Privacy Policy. Additional terms and conditions of use may also be posted directly on other areas of Our Site and Services, and together with the Terms, as amended from time to time, are collectively referred to as the "Agreement." We reserve the right to modify any or all of this Agreement at any time, and such change will be effective immediately upon its publication on Our Services. We may change Our Services or stop providing them (temporarily or permanently) at any time and from time to time without notice.

If you violate these Terms of, you are no longer permitted to use Our Services and GBA may (but has no obligation to) terminate your ability to access or use Our Services at any time.

You agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and any modifications thereof, as long as You continue to access and use Our Services. Because of the possibility that the Agreement could change between visits, You also agree to check the Terms of the Agreement each time You return. Your continued access to or use of Our Services and Site Material (defined below) shall be deemed Your conclusive acceptance of modifications to this agreement.

Basic Use Terms

You must provide your legal full name, a valid email address, and any other information requested in order to complete the account sign-up process. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account login information and for any activities or actions occurring under your account. GBA encourages you to use a "strong" password (passwords that use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) for your account. GBA will not be responsible for any loss or damages resulting from your failure to comply with this obligation.

Each account login may only be used by one person - a single login shared by multiple people is not permitted. You may create separate logins for your account for as many people as you'd like. You must be a human. Accounts registered by "bots" or other automated methods are not permitted. One person or legal entity may not maintain more than one free account.

You are responsible for your use of Our Services and for any Content accessed or made available to others through your account (even if that Content is accessed or made available by others). You take all risks associated with Our Services and any Content accessed or made available to others through your account. GBA will not be held responsible for your use of Our Services or for any such Content.

To access or use Our Services, you must be able to form a binding contract with GBA and you must not be prohibited from receiving Our Services under United States law or any other applicable laws.

The Rights We Grant to You, the Site Visitor

The contents of Our Services, such as text, graphics, images, video and other content (the "Site Material"), are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. We authorize You, non-exclusively and non-transferably, to view and download a single copy of the Site Material for Your personal use. This authorization is not a transfer of title in the Site Content or copies of the Site Content. Unauthorized use of the Site Material violates copyright, trademark, and other laws. You agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Site Material on any copy You make of such material. You may not sell or modify Our Services Material or reproduce, display, distribute, or otherwise use the Site Material in any way for any public or commercial purpose. The names, marks and logos included in the Site Material are, unless otherwise noted, registered and/or common law trademarks owned by or licensed to Us. Marks not belonging to Us belong to their respective third party owners and We claim no rights in them. The use of these marks or the Site Material, except as provided in these Terms and Conditions, is prohibited.

Use and Restrictions

You may not access or search or attempt to access or search Our Services by any means (automated or otherwise) except through Our currently available interfaces.

You may not use Our Services for any illegal or unauthorized purpose, including in any way that violates copyright or other laws applicable in the United States or applicable to you.

You may not use Our Services in a way that is detrimental to the operation of Our Services or the access or use of Our Services by anyone else. This restriction applies to any use that interferes or attempts to interfere with the normal operations of Our Services, including by hacking, deleting, augmenting or altering Our Services or any Content.

You may not, without GBA's prior written permission (including the permissions granted by these Terms of Service): (a) Copy, distribute (including by framing any of Our Services on any website), modify, enhance, translate, reproduce, sell, resell, sublicense, rent, lease, or otherwise attempt to exploit Our Services; (b) Decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to discover the source code (except to the extent that this restriction is expressly prohibited by law); (c) Make derivative works of Our Services; or (d) Modify another website so as to falsely imply that it is associated with Our Services, GBA, or any other GBA products or services.

Terms of Payment

If you are purchasing Services from GBA, you must provide GBA with a valid credit card. Purchased Services are billed in advance or on a monthly basis and are non-refundable. This means that there will be no refunds for partial months of service or for months where Our Services were unused. All fees are exclusive of taxes, levies, withholdings or duties imposed by taxing authorities, and you shall be responsible for payment of all such taxes, levies, withholdings or duties in addition to the fees. You must provide your correct province/state and country so that GBA can understand its obligations to applicable taxation authorities.

We Welcome Your Comments

We welcome Your comments on Our Site and Services at info@gbapgh.org. You acknowledge, however, that if You send Us comments, praise, creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts, inventions or other information (collectively, but excluding personally-identifying information about You, the "Information"), You grant to Us a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, freely transferable license to use, practice, exploit, modify and sublicense such Information for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, throughout the universe. Please note that any communication or other materials that You post to Our Site and Services or transmit to Us over the Internet is considered to be, and will be treated as, non-confidential, unless the Web page through which information is submitted expressly states otherwise. For more information about confidentiality and privacy issues, please read Our privacy statement, below, and Our Privacy Policy.

Site Content

You acknowledge that Our Service contains "Site Content," which collectively refers to any of the following owned by Us or certain third parties as specified hereunder: any text, graphics, images, information, software, audio and video clips, links, logos, icons, and other material, including but not limited to proprietary and confidential information, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, trade dress, service marks and trademarks, including the Marks (as defined below). Any Site Content owned by Us is referred to herein as "Our Site Material." Site Content may also include Our Services, "Third Party Material" and "User Information," both as defined below. Our Site Material may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. We reserve the right to make changes and updates to any information contained on Our Site or in Our Services without prior notice.

Rights to Our Services and Site Content

GBA and its licensors retain title to and ownership of all rights (including copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and all other intellectual property rights) in and to Our Services and GBA’s Content. All Site Content is, in whole or in part, and Our Services are, in whole or in part, protected by all applicable copyright laws, international conventions or treaties, and any other intellectual property or proprietary laws, and, unless in the public domain, belonging to third parties, or unless otherwise stated, is owned by Us, whether or not such rights are expressly identified in, or in connection with, such Site Content or Our Services.

You acquire no rights whatsoever to all or any part of Our Services except for the limited use rights granted by these Terms of Service. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved to GBA and its licensors.

You understand and agree that You may not remove, alter or cover any copyright or other proprietary notices placed on Our Site and Services. No other license to use any of Our Services or Site Content is given or implied without the respective owner's prior written consent. You may not transfer Our Services or Site Content to any other person unless You give him or her notice of, and s/he agrees to accept, the obligations arising under these Terms. You agree that You will not refer to or attribute any information to Us in any public medium (regardless of form) for advertising, public relations, marketing or other purpose (including informing or influencing any third party).

Unless otherwise specified hereunder, You may not sell, rent, modify, reproduce, display, distribute, redistribute, republicize, retransmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit or otherwise use Our Services or Site Content, in whole or in part, in any way without the respective owner's prior written consent.

The names, marks, logos and/or text appearing on Our Services and Site Content ("Marks") are registered and unregistered trademarks owned by Us and protected under all applicable laws, except as otherwise noted on Our Services and Site. Unless otherwise specified hereunder, such Marks may not be used in any way that is not expressly authorized by Us or the respective owner, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among the public about Us or Our business (or the respective owner and its business), or in any manner that disparages or discredits Us (or the respective owner and its business).

You agree that You will not copy or reproduce any Mark of Ours, unless specifically authorized to do so, to imply an endorsement by or relationship with Us.

User Rules and User Information

As a user of Our Services, You agree to carefully read and abide by the Agreement, including any user rules of conduct as specified below. You must be over 18 to access and use Our Site and Services. If You are over 18, You agree to take full and active responsibility to prevent the use of Our Site and Services by any children under 18 You may be responsible for as a parent or legal guardian. If You are under 18, You may not access and use Our Site and Services without Your parent's or legal guardian's supervision.

You acknowledge and agree that transmissions and communications to and from Our Site and Services, including your User Information (defined below) and its transmission are: (a) not confidential, (b) may be read or intercepted by others, (c) may be transferred unencrypted and (d) involve: (i) transmissions over various networks; and (II) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

You also acknowledge that if You transmit any communication to Our Site, You are solely responsible for its accuracy and completeness. By inputting data or information, posting messages, uploading files, or engaging in any other form of communication via Our Site and Services or to produce any information for Our Site and Services (collectively referred to as "User Information"), You give Us an irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide, royalty-free license (with a right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such User Information through Our Services or various distribution methods in any way (whether now known or hereafter developed), unless otherwise specified in the Agreement.

All User Information is governed by Our Privacy Policy. Should You provide Us with information, including but not limited to feedback, data, answers, questions, comments, suggestions, plans, ideas or the like, such information shall be deemed to be non-confidential and We assume no obligation to protect such information from disclosure, except insofar as provided for in Our Privacy Policy. The submission of such information to Us shall in no way prevent the purchase, manufacture or use of similar products, services, plans and ideas by Us for any purpose whatever and We shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute the information to others without restriction. We shall be free to use the content of any such communications, including any ideas, inventions, concepts, techniques or know-how disclosed therein, for any purpose including developing, manufacturing and/or marketing goods or services. Unless otherwise specified, You waive all rights to any claim against Us for any alleged or actual infringements of any proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, rights of privacy and publicity, moral rights, and rights of attribution in connection with such User Information. We disclaim any liability for disclosure of User Information as a result of errors in transmission by third parties or unauthorized acts of third parties.

You also acknowledge that a purpose of Our Services is to provide access to Our services for Third Party Service Providers, and that as a result you are agreeing to grant to GBA any and all other rights you grant to applicable Third Party Service Providers.

Improper Use of Our Site and Services

You agree that You will not use Our Site and Services to post, transmit or distribute, or cause to be posted, transmitted or distributed, any material that (1) violates any local, state, national or international laws; (2) violates the proprietary rights, intellectual property rights (including without limitation copyright and trademark rights), rights of privacy or publicity, moral rights, rights of attribution, or any other related rights of others; (3) is intended to advertise or solicit business including but not limited to any multi-level marketing scheme; (4) purports to be provided by another person; (5) is obscene, harassing, threatening, defamatory, libelous, or abusive; or (6) is a chain letter or part of a pyramid scheme. You agree not to impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent Your affiliation with a person or entity. You agree not to "stalk" or otherwise harass another or store personal data about other users.

You may not introduce any material into Our Site or Services that contains any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, or other computer programming routines that may damage, interfere with, or appropriate Our Site, Our Services, or any information residing on Our Site or Services. We reserve the right to delete any information You post on Our Site that We in Our sole discretion determine to be inaccurate, violative of law or otherwise violative of Our policies. If You use, or attempt to use, Our Site, Our Services, or Our Content for improper purposes including without limitation tampering, hacking, modifying, or otherwise corrupting the security of Our Site and Services, You will be responsible for all damages including, but not limited to, criminal prosecution and civil and criminal penalties.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice

We respect the rights of copyright owners and expect You to comply with U.S. copyright law. We have procedures in place to protect the rights of copyright owners in the event of alleged infringement, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). If You believe that Your copyright is being infringed by any material viewed through Our Services, please send a notice, in accordance with the DMCA, to Our designated agent.

We reserve the right to expel users and prevent their further access to Our Site and Services for violating these terms or the law and reserve the right to remove any communications from Our Site and Services.

Disclaimer of Warranties

Although We strive for accuracy in all elements of Our Services and Site Material, it may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. We make no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material on Our Site and Services or about the results to be obtained from using Our Site or Services. You use Our Site, Our Services, and Our Content at Your own risk.


Limitation of Liability


Prices and Fees

Prices and Fees for Our Services posted on Our Site and Services are accurate only as of the date posted, and are subject to change. For up-to-date fee information, please visit www.dashbuilding.com.

Prices of all of Our Services, including but not limited to subscription plan fees for Our Services, are subject to change upon 30 days notice from GBA. Such notice may be provided at any time by posting the changes on Our Site and Services (currently located at www.dashbuildings.com).

GBA shall not be liable to You or to any third party for any change to Our Services, price or fee changes, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.


Our Site and Services contain links to Websites owned by third parties (“Third Party Sites”). By posting any web links on Our Service, you agree that you are following the relevant terms and conditions of the Third Party Service Provider you are linking to and that that Third Party Service Provider may present the target site within a frame, and that the frame may contain advertising and tools that may or may not be related to Our Services.

Should You utilize these links, You will leave Our Site. If You decide to visit any linked site, You do so at Your own risk and it is Your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements. You also agree that We are not responsible or liable for any direct or indirect damage or loss caused, or alleged to be caused, by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, products or services. These links are provided solely as a convenience to You and are not an endorsement by Us of the contents on those other sites, which content may change at any time without notice to Us. We are not responsible for the content of any linked sites and make no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such sites, nor do We make any representations regarding the privacy practices of such sites. If You are concerned about the privacy practices of an outside site, please consult its privacy policy; the privacy protection provided on Our Site and Services may not be available at the external link. We are not responsible or liable for applications, admissions, hiring and employment practices and access to services, programs, institutions and services of such Third Party Sites. We are not responsible for any misuse of intellectual property found on those sites.

No Endorsement of Third Party Material

Our Site and Services may include information, products or services provided by third parties on, linked to, or framed within, Our Services ("Third Party Material"). Third Party Materials are the opinions and creations of the authors and/or owners identified in those materials. As such, We do not assume any responsibility or liability for any Third Party Material. Our publication of Third Party Material does not constitute Our endorsement, warranty or guarantee of any information, instruction, opinion, products or services contained within the Third Party Material.

Our Management of Site Content

We reserve the right, in Our sole discretion, to establish practices regarding a visitor's use of Our Services and storage of any Site Content posted on Our Site. We have no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any Site Content and any other communications maintained or transmitted through Our Services.

You also understand that We may not necessarily prescreen or monitor Site Content, but reserve the right, in Our sole discretion, to refuse or remove any such content available via Our Services for any reason at any time and with no explanation. We reserve the right to modify, reject or eliminate any information residing on or transmitted to Our Site that We, in Our sole discretion, believe is unacceptable or in violation of the Agreement.

We may preserve, disclose or review any Site Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with any legal process, enforce the Agreement, respond to any claim regarding the violation of any third parties, or protect the rights, property or personal safety of Us or any visitors to Our Site or Services.


By using this Site, You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Us and all of Our officers, directors, agents, employees, contractors, and information and service providers ("Indemnified Parties") from any claim, demand, losses, damages, costs, and/or expenses including reasonable attorney’s fees, accounting fees, and related costs, including court costs, attributable to or arising from Your posting of User Information through Our Services, Your use of Our Services, Your use of Our Site, Your use of our Site Content, Your conduct through Our Services, Your communications to third parties through Our Services, Your violation of these Terms, and/or Your violation of any other rights related to Our Services. We reserve the right to assume or participate, at Your expense, in the investigation, settlement and defense of any such action or claim.

You agree that if you sue GBA and do not obtain judgment in your favor, you will pay all of GBA's costs, including reasonable fees for in-house and outside legal counsel.

Termination of or Change in Service

GBA may change Our Services at any time and from time to time without notice. Any changes to Our Services, including releases of new features, tools or resources, shall be subject to these Terms of Service. GBA may also stop (temporarily or permanently) providing the Services (or any part of the Services) to you or to its customers generally without prior notice.

We may immediately, at any time and in Our sole discretion, (1) terminate or limit Your use of or access to Our Services, or any part thereof, or (2) remove and discard any Site Content within Our Services, for any reason, including without limitation, Your lack of use, Your breach of any terms and conditions hereunder, or if We believe You have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Agreement. We may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of Our Site or Services, or any part thereof, or impose any limits on any feature or service, including the availability of any Site feature, database, or Site Content for any reason, at any time, and without notice. You agree that We will not be liable in any way to You or to any third party for any actions We take as described herein or otherwise.

GBA shall not be liable to You or to any third party for any change to Our Services, price or fee changes, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.

One Year Limit

You agree that regardless of any contrary statute or law, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of Our Services or these Terms, or alleged to arise out of or to be related to use of Our Services or these Terms, must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose, or be forever barred.

Survival of Certain Provisions

The termination of these Terms for any reason will not terminate the obligations or liabilities of the parties under these Terms regarding warranties, liabilities, proprietary rights and all others that by their sense and context are intended to survive the execution, delivery, performance, termination and expiration of the Agreement.


Our Site and Services provide opportunities to email various individuals. This functionality is for business purposes only; do not disclose any personal information about Yourself. Do not use the email service to reveal information about Your financial circumstances, including without limitation assets, liabilities, or debts.

Governing Law

These Terms are governed, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the United States of America and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to its conflicts of law rules. Before seeking legal recourse for any harm You believe You have suffered from Your access to Our Site and Services, You will give Us written notice specifying the harm and thirty (30) days to cure the harm after providing such notice before initiating any action.

Except for Our claim for injunctive relief in any court having jurisdiction, You and We agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania courts. By accessing Our Site and using Our Services, You waive any defense of an inconvenient forum and of jurisdiction on account of place of residence or domicile, and You agree that You waive Your right to a jury trial.


Our Site and Services originates from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America. Therefore, We make no representations that the information on Our Site and Services is appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. Access to the Site from other territories is strictly prohibited if such access is illegal in such jurisdiction. You agree that Your decision to access Our Site and Services is done solely on Your own initiative, and that You are solely responsible for complying with any applicable laws regarding such access.

International Users

We make no representation that Our Site, Our Services, or Content is appropriate or available for use in any jurisdictions or countries other than the United States. You may not use Our Site, Our Services, or export Site Content in violation of U. S. export laws and regulations. Given the global nature of the Internet, You agree to comply with all local rules (from where You physically reside) regarding Internet conduct and content. You also agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which You physically reside.

Miscellaneous Terms

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between You and Us, and supersedes any prior agreements between You and Us. You may also be subject to additional terms and conditions which may apply when You use any third party content, software or other proprietary information. If any provision under this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions will continue in full force without being impaired or invalidated in any way. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. We may assign Our rights and obligations under this Agreement at any time and without notice to You. The section headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal effect.

You may not assign these Terms of Service or any of your rights or obligations under these Terms of Service to a third party. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms of Service shall enure to the benefit of and be binding upon You and GBA and their respective successors (including any successor by reason of amalgamation) and assigns.

If any of the provisions contained in these Terms of Service are determined to be void, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of these Terms of Service and such determination shall not affect the remaining provisions contained herein.

All employment-related information on Our Site and Services is subject to modification or elimination at Our sole discretion. Nothing on this site creates an express or implied contract of employment.

We do not practice law or accounting or give legal, accounting, tax, or financial advice.