Target 2030

Design for energy reduction. Create next-generation buildings. Curb global warming. 

AIA Pittsburgh’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) is pleased to present Target 2030. This program builds off of the AIA+2030 curriculum but is enhanced with vital insights, teachable moments, and lessons learned provided by industry experts. Additionally, this program will include presentations, tours, and sketching by members of the design team to demonstrate problems encountered, explored, and solved through the design and construction process.  We are excited to offer truly fresh and exemplary buildings, and invite you to step into the minds of the design, construction, and owner teams as they recount and demonstrate critical parts of the process, a unique exposure that only the COTE can offer.

All sessions are from 4:30–8:30 p.m. and will include site visits and in-depth tours provided by industry experts.  Light supper will be served.

Members: $100 per Session
Non-Members: $140 per Session

Earn 4 LU/HSW Hours and 4 GBCI Credits per session!
GBCI Credits provided by the Green Building Alliance.

Sponsored by: 



Meeting Goals and Verifying 2030 Strategies
February 21, 2017 – 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza
Register today! RSVPs must be received by Feb. 17th.

Tour – Tower at PNC Plaza – 300 5th Ave, Pittsburgh PA
4:15 p.m. – Check in at the lobby. Bring ID. Space is limited to 25.
4:30 p.m. – Tour begins.

5:30 p.m. – Lecture at Michael Baker International – BNY Mellon – 500 Grant Street, Suite 5400, Pittsburgh (located on the corner of 5th Ave and Grant Street)
-When you enter the BNY Lobby, proceed up the escalator and to the security desks. Choose the 500 Grant Street Receptionist desk, which is identified by signage on the left side of the lobby security desk. Please have a picture ID on you. After you check in with security, go to the elevator area that includes the 54th floor. Once on 54, push the intercom button and you will be let in.

Presented by: Greg LaForest, AIA, Gensler and Jeremy Snyder, BuroHappold Engineering. Mike Gilmore of PNC will lead the Tour.

The so-called “greenest skyscraper in the world,” PNC Tower will be described by the architect and engineer involved from its outset, as well as the actual client. See and learn what makes this project exemplary, what is pioneering and what the team would do differently next time. Join us for this unique and highly sought tour of a noteworthy project and international destination.


  1. Set energy and passive design performance targets early to influence design objectives.
  2. Confirm and validate sustainability goals through through the design process and into operations.
  3. Understand the importance of project benchmarking in tracking building performance and in justifying the implementation of integrated sustainability strategies.
  4. Recognize completed integrated systems by touring a prominent highly sustainable building and hear from the building operators about the actual building performance.

Applying Renewable Energy Strategies
April 18, 2017 – 2:30-7:00 p.m. – Frick Environmental Center, PNC Classroom
Tour of Frick Environmental Center
Register today!

Presented by: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and PJ Dick

Pittsburgh’s newest Living Building, 11th in the world, will be explored from the perspective of the designer and the contractor, and will demonstrate how renewable energy was integral to this achievement.

Past Sessions

Thermal Envelopes and Passive Strategies
Tuesday, September 20
Tour of ACTION-Housing Uptown

Presented by: Jeff Davis, AIA, FortyEighty Architecture and Rob Hosken, AIA, Building Performance Architecture

This pioneering Passive House certified multifamily project will be explained from the perspective of the architect, Passive House Verifier, and building occupants who will discuss the technological approach to the envelope design and overall energy reduction tactics used in the passive design approach.

2076 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15219, First Floor Community Meeting Room

HVAC and Illumination Strategies
Tuesday, November 15
Room 115, Energy Innovation Center. Meet at the entry at 4:30 p.m.
Tour of Energy Innovation Center

Presented by: Nick Doichev, AIA, DLA+ Architecture and Interior Design; Chris Conroy and Joe Gaus, CJL Engineering

Tour this amazing retrofit of a historic building—the Energy Innovation Center—as the architect and engineer will address the innovative strategies that were utilized in this project. Learn how the equipment was sized and how daylighting was used to optimize energy performance. Afterwards, the team will showcase another project where right-sizing (properly sized equipment) was implemented to reduce energy loads and optimize building performance.