Existing Buildings and Infrastructure Operations:
 

  • Energy Use:  A minimum 10% reduction below the national average by 2015, with incremental targets reaching a 50% reduction by 2030.
     
  • Water Use: A minimum 10% reduction below the District average by 2015, with incremental targets reaching a 50% reduction by 2030.
     
  • Transportation CO2 Emissions:  A minimum 10% reduction below the District average by 2015, with incremental targets reaching a 50% reduction by 2030.
     
  • Indoor Air Quality :  To be determined by District Partners

New Buildings, Major Renovations, and New Infrastructure:
 

  • Energy Use:  An immediate 60% reduction below the national average, with incremental targets reaching carbon neutral by 2030.
     
  • Water Use:  An immediate 50% reduction below the District average.
     
  • Transportation CO2 Emissions:  An immediate 50% reduction below the District average.
  • Indoor Air Quality :  To be determined by District Partners

Baselines

In order to measure the Pittsburgh 2030 District’s success in reaching its 50% reduction goals, baselines must first be determined for each reduction category. The reduction goals above are measured against a national baseline for energy and against District baselines for water and transportation. As properties commit to and work towards 2030 goals, the individual baselines against which they are measured become very important. The Pittsburgh 2030 District Energy Baseline document offers details about the District’s energy baseline for individual buildings – as well as the implications for aggregate District energy use and reductions.
 

Building-Specific Energy Baselines

In accordance with The 2030 Challenge, the energy performance baseline for 2030 Districts nationwide is determined individually for each building using national median building energy consumption values based on 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data. Produced by the Energy Information Association (EIA), a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, CBECS is a national survey of a representative set of commercial buildings across the U.S. that includes their energy costs, consumption, and energy-specific characteristics. CBECS data has been analyzed to determine national and regional medians of whole building site energy use intensity (EUI), which is a building’s annual energy use divided by its gross square footage (measured in kBTU/ft^2/yr). Generally, a lower EUI indicates better building energy performance, but EUIs vary widely by building use.  The Pittsburgh 2030 District has compiled estimated national median energy baselines for building use types in Downtown Pittsburgh, which are available in full Pittsburgh 2030 District Energy Baseline.