What We Learned: March 2030 District Partner Meeting

More than 55 Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners packed the house on the top floor of the United Steelworkers building, contemplating topics of critical importance to the economic vitality and future of Pittsburgh, with detailed information on new electrical technologies and their impact on commercial buildings.

Hosted by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the March 15 Partner Meeting provided a wealth of information for attendees.

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What We Learned

  • Mark Knefelkamp, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Property Manager for the United Steelworkers Building, and Rob Campbell from The Efficiency Network gave an overview of the building’s numerous energy and water upgrades. Highlights included new lighting fixtures, variable frequency drives for the chiller system, installation of solar panels for hot water heating, and modernization of five elevator cars.
  • In addition to financial savings, some of the upgrades had profound personal benefits for building occupants, including brighter, more inviting outdoor lighting, improved temperature control, and elimination of an unpleasant sound source. 
  • Ron Rydzak from Duquesne Light let Partners know what to expect when Watt Choices opens Phase III on June 1, 2016. Partners should begin planning upgrades now. In order to qualify for incentives, materials must be purchased and installed after June 1. An updated rebate catalog will be published in the near future.
  • Brian Novicki and Ben Morris from Duquesne Light gave updates on the utility’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure program. The smart metering initiative, required by Act 129, will install smart electric meters for all of Duquesne Light’s 591,000 customers. Residential meters are already being installed at a rate of 150,000 per year. Installation of meters for commercial and industrial customers will begin in May 2016 and is expected to wrap up in by 2020.
  • Dave Thomas from the Urban Redevelopment Authority explained how simple lighting upgrades in five URA-owned garages contributed to energy reductions of up to 55-68%! With an ROI of only 3-4 years, the URA plans to reinvest the savings into additional lighting retrofits.

Interested in learning more about the Pittsburgh 2030 District? Join us on April 28 for our annual Progress Report Reception. This event will showcase progress in both Downtown and Oakland toward achieving the District’s aggressive energy, water, and transportation emission reduction goals. Learn more and register here.


Each month, the Pittsburgh 2030 District holds a Partner Meeting convening Property Partners, Community and Resource Partners, sponsors and other stakeholders to discuss the latest relevant happenings and information for the city. Meetings are held in a different location within the District’s two boundaries, Downtown and Oakland, giving 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 with peer-to-peer dialogue and plan collaboratively for a sustainable and efficient future.

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

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