Energy Innovation Center earns top energy-saving award
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Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center has been certified LEED platinum.
The 200,000-square-foot classical revival building, built in 1930 as the Connelley Trade School, was repurposed and opened in 2015 as the EIC, reports Pittsburgh Business Times. It hosts apprenticeships, co-working space, energy tech labs, and other workspaces for universities and non-profits.
Bill Miller, COO & vice president of the Pittsburgh Gateways Corp., which founded the EIC, said the result is ideal considering the goals of the EIC.
"Achieving LEED platinum certification for an adaptive reuse of a historic building of this size is an international recognition of our efforts to reduce energy usage and provide an environmentally friendly and productive work environment," Miller said in a release. "This accomplishment also dovetails nicely into our ongoing effort to provide a training platform for designing, building and operating energy efficient buildings."
The renovations let the building cut its energy costs in half relative to a building of similar size. The agency also added new cooling techniques, such as an ice storage space that freezes overnight for cool the facility during the day.
Certifications for LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, are awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote energy efficient and environmentally responsible construction.
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