The brand new Frick Environmental Center will open its doors to the public on Saturday.
The new facility, near the Beechwood Boulevard entrance to Frick Park, is the most environmental friendly municipal building in the world, according to Scott Roller with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. He said it is on track to achieve LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certifications.
The building’s internal climate is regulated with a geothermal system, which uses the constant temperature of the ground to either heat or cool water that is then used to heat or cool the air. Solar array panels cover the parking area, both taking in solar energy and collecting rainwater for non-potable uses. As a result of these and other innovations, the building will have net zero energy consumption... Read the full article