The Pittsburgh 2030 District Dives into Lighting

The Energy Innovation Center hosted the July Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees heard from four of the District’s sponsors who highlighted recent projects and initiatives, giving Property Partners ideas to take back to their facilities.


Still considering an LED lighting retrofit? The right time might be now. Troy Geanopulos, CEO of The Efficiency Network, alerted attendees that there’s a new program now available from Duquesne Light that makes LED upgrades even simpler. The Non-Residential Upstream Lighting program provides an instant rebate on screw-in LED bulbs for non-residential customers. Partners will learn more about this program in August.

Ready to upgrade? Take special care with your design. Because LED lights last for an extended period of time, you want to make sure you get it right. Give extra consideration to light output, color temperature, and photometics. You may also want to pursue a whole-building retrofit, rather than upgrading individual fixtures or spaces. Whole building retrofits offer better economies of scale, consistency in design, favorable warranty terms, and maximum rebates.

The Energy Innovation Center recently achieved LEED Platinum certification and the materials used in the building contributed to the project’s success. Jim Lambach from Covestro showed us where their insulation and architectural coatings supported achievement of LEED credits.

Recycling lamps, batteries, and ballasts is required by federal law. Recycling protects your business from potential fines and from bad publicity, and is a critical part of protecting water and land from dangerous hazardous materials found in these items. Pursuing LEED certification for either new construction or existing buildings? You’ll need to prove policies and procedures that address safe storage and recycling of lamps and batteries. Jeff Shivey from Scott Electric outlined some of the legal requirements and ways to comply.

In North America, ENGIE is generating 850 MW of energy from renewable sources. Ohio State University recently awarded a comprehensive energy management contract to ENGIE for the operation of a utility system that will serve 485 buildings on their main campus. Investment is targeting a 25% reduction in energy consumption over the next 10 years with a $250 million investment in energy efficiency projects.

You’ll find Europe’s largest thermal network in Paris, France. The system has 3,700 kW of heating and serves 5,000+ buildings. More than 50% of the energy sold is produced from renewable energy sources.

Thank you to our hosts, the Energy Innovation Center and Covestro, and our presenters: Troy Geanopulos from The Efficiency Network, Jim Lambach from Covestro, Jeff Shivey from Scott Electric, and Ivan Bel from ENGIE.

You can see more photos from this event on GBA’s Flickr.

Each month, the Pittsburgh 2030 District holds a Partner Meeting convening Property, Community, and Resource Partners; sponsors; and other stakeholders to discuss the latest relevant happenings and information for the city. Meetings give building owners and facility managers the opportunity to share their successes and challenges. Additional speakers present industry information and updates on a variety of critical topics. It’s a closed-door, monthly forum where partners learn from each other through peer-to-peer dialogue and collaboratively plan for a sustainable and efficient future.

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s goal is to have 100% property participation within the District’s boundaries. Join us! Visit our FAQs for more program information and our contact page if you have questions.

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