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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Zeros In on Sustainability

The lagoon captures and fi lters surface and roof
runoff as part of a stormwater treatment system
integral to achieving net-zero water performance.

The new Center for “When we think about the type of conservatory in the world,” and the
Sustainable Landscapes world we would want our children and production greenhouses were recently
at Phipps Conservatory and grandchildren to inherit, it is easy to see certifi ed Platinum under the LEED EBOM
Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, why the Living Building Challenge is so program. Phase III was slated to be a
Pennsylvania, opened in January important. And when we look at how a new center for education, research and
administrative operations.
2013, more than six years after dedicated team of professionals came
conceptual discussions began. together to create the CSL, we know that And so began the life of the Center for
Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). In late
For a historic non-profi t institution and we have the technology and capacity to 2006, Phipps’ Executive Director Richard
create that future now.”
cultural gem like Phipps, whose primary V. Piacentini championed a sustainable
inhabitants are some of nature’s fi nest – Richard V. Piacentini, Executive Director design for Phase III that aligned with the
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
botanical specimens, waiting for things International Living Future Institute’s
to grow and bloom is not unusual. This groundbreaking green building process,
project, however, will soon set a precedent the Living Building Challenge.
in high-performance design both locally and The Challenge states: “Imagine a building
internationally, and everyone, it seems, is designed and constructed to function
eager to see the fruits come to bear.
as elegantly and effi ciently as a fl ower.”
In 1999, the groundwork was laid for a Version 1.3 of the Challenge (which is
three-phased master plan for renovation updated periodically) included sixteen
and expansion at Phipps. Phase I, the imperatives that a project must fulfi ll. These
new Welcome Center, was the fi rst LEED - imperatives are distributed among six
certifi ed visitor center in a public garden. performance areas, also known as Petals:
Phase II’s Tropical Forest Conservatory is This 1,700-gallon underground cistern stores runoff Site, Energy, Materials, Water, Indoor
now known as “the most energy-effi cient water from the CSL roof for reuse as fl ush water. Quality, and Beauty & Inspiration.

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