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: 



Applying Renewable Energy Strategies
April 18, 2017 – 3:00-7:00 p.m. – Frick Environmental Center, PNC Classroom
Tour of Frick Environmental Center
Register today!

Sponsored by: EIS Solar

Presented by: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, PJ Dick, and Energy Independent Solutions

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

Course Description:

This session will focus on the correlation between conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and how these strategies help buildings meet the 2030 Challenge goal of fossil fuel free buildings. Once conservation and efficiency measures are instigated, onsite renewable energy become the final component to achieving aggressive carbon elimination goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how conservation and energy efficiency measures make renewable energy opportunities possible.
  • Distinguish key on-site renewable energy strategies for buildings.
  • Propose an appropriate renewable energy strategy based on site characteristics and resources.
  • Enumerate the benefits of on-site renewable energy.


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.

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.

Meeting Goals and Verifying 2030 Strategies
February 21, 2017 – 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza
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.