Green Building Alliance searching for green-minded building owners

Sources: Pittsburgh Business Times, Green Building Alliance, Eco Home Magazine, Architecture 2030

The Green Building Alliance (GBA) is on the lookout for ambitious, green-minded building owners Downtown, and perhaps in parts of the North Shore, to be founding members of a pilot program they are developing to commit to the goals of the national Architecture 2030 challenge.

Architecture 2030 is encouraging progress within the Building Sector toward reaching the carbon-reduction goals outlined in the organization’s 2030 Challenge.  According to data released from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) projections to the year 2030 show estimates of residential and commercial building energy use in 2030 have been dropping since 2005–and are projected to reach a 70% reduction due to improved design and performance measures, even with a 38.6% projected increase in U.S. building floor area within the same period.

The Architecture 2030 Challenge sets a target goal of achieving carbon-neutral performance in 2030.  That means no fossil-fuel, greenhouse gas-emitting energy needed to operate for any newly constructed building. For existing buildings, it’s a bit tamer but not by much.

The primary purpose of the local effort, presently coined “Pittsburgh 2030 District” on GBA’s website, will be to prove investments in energy efficiency, water efficiency and occupant satisfaction result in cost savings. GBA will build a collaborative to develop and share best practices, innovative products and techniques, and alternative financing options.

“The GBA has undertaken a monumental challenge which will hopefully receive an equally monumental level of participation from targeted building owners in the interest of reducing Pittsburgh’s carbon footprint,” said Raymond Orowetz P.E., LEED Green Associate and  Associate Broker at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.  “Any effort to reverse the trend in the way we’ve historically operated our commercial structures should be wholeheartedly embraced.”  Raymond is a sustainability advocate, responsible for the sale and leasing of office and industrial real estate as well as land sales and acquisitions. His interest in sustainable design, coupled with his brokerage and engineering background, allows him to share leading knowledge with clients on the application of sustainability practices.

Pittsburgh’s 2030 district would have property owners reduce their buildings’ energy consumption to 50 percent of the national average by 2030. The same goes for water The Pittsburgh district will also have an additional metric to meet — indoor air quality goals, which are not part of the national challenge.

David Thor, LEED AP, Associate at Colliers International | Pittsburgh adds, “These are lofty but very worthy goals. If any group is up for the task however, it is the incredibly proud community of Pittsburgh. The GBA should be applauded for its efforts to build upon a tremendous foundation as a result of some risk takers and visionaries who took a chance before sustainable development was a mainstream concept.”  David specializes in tenant advisory services and agency representation, assisting clients with strategy, site selection, proposals, financial analyses and lease negotiations in office, industrial, land and retail transactions. As a LEED Accredited Professional, David works with select clients to design and implement sustainable corporate leasing strategies.

Colliers International acknowledge our responsibility, as one of the world’s largest real estate service providers, to provide leadership in sustainability for the built environment, business and our global society.  Learn more about our commitment to sustainability.

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