One of Earth's Greenest Buildings :
CSL is part of the larger 15-acre Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that were established in 1892 in Pittsburgh’s urban Oakland neighborhood. The CSL incorporates many passive heating, cooling and ventilation strategies found in traditional greenhouses, such as a roof-vented atrium structure, operable sidewall vent sash, and solar screening. This Net Zero Energy building uses solar photovoltaics and a wind turbine to generate all the power it consumes, and employs geothermal for heating and cooling. The building and landscape incorporate Net Zero Water strategies such as low impact development, stormwater collection, treatment and reuse, a vegetated roof, and native plantings. The 24,350 square foot building provides offices, classrooms, and research and library space for the Phipps Conservatory.
• Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green building standard
• First and only Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES™) for landscapes project (pilot)
• First and only WELL Building Platinum project (pilot)
Greenest Building in Pittsburgh
Center for Sustainable Landscapes, the sustainable landscapes feature the reintroduction of 150 native, non-invasive plant species.The many gardens restore natural landscape function to the site, provide wildlife habitat, and offer educational opportunities. Rain gardens and bioswales serve ecological and aesthetic functions, as well as capture site stormwater to allow natural infiltration.