AIA Pittsburgh +2030

Paul Messineo, Allen & Shariff Engineering (left) and Jan Held, Carnegie Mellon University (right)

Please contact AIA Pittsburgh if you would like more information on forthcoming sessions and to register.  All sessions are hosted by the AIA Pittsburgh Committee on the Environment and are moderated by COTE Chair, Marc Mondor. Paul Messineo of Allen & Shariff Engineering  is co-chair of COTE along with with Jan Held, Carnegie Mellon University.

Original Article By: evolveEA AIA +2030

Developed by AIA Seattle with Architecture 2030, the AIA+2030 Professional Series is an educational series covering key strategies to reach the ambitious carbon reduction goals of The 2030 Challenge. The series is aimed at the design, construction and operations of buildings, and consists of ten, four-hour sessions, each of which is worth four LU/HSW credits.

The series kicked off with broad participation at AIA Pittsburgh BuildPittsburgh conference in April, where presenters Vivian Loftness (FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University), Sean Luther (Green Building Alliance) and Marc Mondor (AIA, LEED Faculty, evolveEA) presented Session I, The 2030 Challenge:  Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design.  The speakers described the importance of setting energy goals and how to achieve them, with strategies such as the Integrated Design Process.

Karen Butler, EPA (left) and Paul Messineo, Allen & Shariff Engineering (right)

In May we welcomed dozens of participants for Session II, Getting to 60:  The Power of Targets + Load Reduction. Speakers included Karen Butler (US Environmental Protection Agency), George Halkias (AIA, Stantec) and Alan Traugott (PE, CJL Engineering).  As the creator of EPA’s Target Finder tool, Ms. Butler’s perspective was invaluable, leading participants through the Portfolio Manager process in real time.

We are now preparing the next installment in the series, Session III:

  • Accentuate the Positive:  Climate Responsive Design
  • Thursday, June 27, 4-8pm
  • Location: Bruno Works, 945 Liberty Ave. Loft #5, Pittsburgh

The first step in creating a better building is understanding and responding to its site and climatic conditions.  These climate responsive buildings minimize unwanted environmental conditions, capitalize on environmental assets, reduce building energy loads, and perform better overall.  Understanding and responding to a projects climate is necessary to reduce energy consumption and help us meet the 2030 Challenge.

Christine Mondor, (AIA, evolveEA) will present climate analysis strategies utilized in various evolveEA projects, alongside Erica Cochran (Carnegie Mellon University) who will present the theory of climate design. Also presenting will be the architect and engineer team of Gensler and Buro Happold, who will describe the design of the forthcoming PNC 4 Tower, “the greenest skyrise in the world.” This ambitious project is already under construction in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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