A hotspot for both Passive House development and other “deep green” building projects, the City of Pittsburgh is a leader in the US high performance building landscape.
It’s probably no coincidence that Pittsburgh’s Mayor, Bill Peduto, has been an outspoken advocate for climate action, responding to Trump’s “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” when Trump reneged on the Paris climate agreement with the retort: “As the mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris agreement for our people, our economy and future.”
In 2018, Pittsburgh City Council voted 8–0 to adopt a climate action plan that calls for an 80% reduction in Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. According to a 2013 assessment, fully 81% of the city’s emissions come from its buildings, so Pittsburgh decision-makers understand that buildings will have to be the centerpiece of their climate action policy making.
According to reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mayor Peduto’s office wants to take a first step by dramatically reducing the carbon emissions of public buildings in the city. The Passive House method will play a key role, according to Chief Resilience Officer Grant Ervin.
Leare more in the Post-Gazette article by Ashley Murray, “Net-zero hour: Pittsburgh energizes plan to curb carbon emissions from public buildings.”
Also see this 2018 Op-Ed about the role that Passive House can play in meeting Pittsburgh’s climate action goals: “Build better buildings in Pittsburgh.”
Photo of Pittsburgh skyline by Bobak Ha’Eri.