Gallery: Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscap...

Photo by Alexander Denmarsh courtesy Phipps
The Phipps Conservatory welcome center

Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory is preparing to open one of the greenest buildings in the world. Built to meet the Living Building Challenge, the most stringent grading system for green buildings, the conservatory's new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) will feature a lush green roof, a sprawling solar panel array, passive design, constructed wetlands, a lagoon system, and much more. A team of locally-based designers, engineers, and architects collaborated on the integrated design process of the 24,250 sq. ft. building, which is expected to exceed LEED Platinum certification. The stunning net-zero energy and water structure brings a new level of sustainable beauty to Phipps, mimicking nature and functioning as efficiently as a flower.

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