Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…eco-mecca? Perhaps not yet, but if PNC Financial Services Group succeeds in its plans, the city will soon be home to the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper.
Considering all the innovative high-tech high-rises we’ve seen coming out the United Arab Emirates in recent years, this should be something of a challenge, but it would appear that, when it comes to green building, this isn’t PNC’s first rodeo. Way back in the year 2000, PNC’s 650,000 square foot PNC Firstside Center, on Pittsburgh’s First Avenue, was the largest LEED-certified building in the world. And just last year, PNC’s Three PNC Plaza, on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, took LEED certification for mixed use buildings.
PNC, in fact, claims to own more newly constructed LEED-certified buildings than any company on Earth, and recently completed its latest green office building in Washington, D.C. – which is certified LEED Platinum – just a few blocks from the Obamas.
The new Tower at PNC Plaza will serve as the organization’s headquarters, and will feature a double glass facade; natural airflow and daylighting; advanced sensors and metering; a state-of-the-art, high efficiency heating and cooling system; and passive solar orientation. The design team is also currently exploring renewable energy options such as fuel cells, solar panels, and geothermal systems.
The building’s green rooftop will collect rainwater for use in non-potable applications, while reducing the heat gain associated with traditional rooftops.