The Fairmont Pittsburgh has received a Gold
level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification from the United States Green Building Council
The Fairmont Pittsburgh, which opened on
29 March 2010, is part of Three PNC Plaza, a 23-story high-rise
owned by The PNC Financial Services Group. Three PNC Plaza, which
is one of the nation's largest green, mixed-use buildings, expands
upon PNC's commitment to environmental responsibility and green
building practices. PNC has more newly constructed LEED certified
buildings - 80 - than any company on earth.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is an accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and
operation of high performance green buildings. In order to receive
Gold certification, Fairmont Pittsburgh had to meet strict
sustainable design and construction guidelines set by the USGBC.
Some of the hotel's most interesting features include:
Recycled Construction Waste: Due to careful waste management
practices, about 99% of the waste accumulated during the construction process has been diverted from landfills. As a
result, around 900 tons of concrete, metals and other materials
have been reused in other projects or recycled into new products.
Energy Savings: By adopting innovative lighting and appliances,
the hotel is highly energy efficient, which will significantly
reduce its carbon footprint from operations.
savings - Lighting power in the project has been reduced by about
40,000 Watts below ASHRAE standards. By using energy efficient
bulbs (LED and compact fluorescent), guestroom occupancy sensors,
and access to natural light, these efforts will annually reduce:
lighting energy use by about 75,000 kWh (equivalent to lighting
about 50 households annually), and
CO2 emissions by 97,500
lbs (45 metric tons) (equivalent to removing 8 passenger cars from
the road for a year).
Equipment energy savings -
Approximately 80% of all equipment and appliances used in the
project are Energy Star compliant, which means they use around
20-30% less energy than non-certified equipment. This equipment
will annually reduce:
energy use by about 100,000 kWh
(equivalent to powering appliances in about 30 households for a
CO2 emissions by 130,000 lbs (60 metric tons)
(equivalent to removing 10 passenger cars from the road for a
Water Use Reduction - By installing water conserving
fixtures, the hotel is designed to save about 930,000 gallons of
water annually. These fixtures include low flow toilets, aerators,
and automatic sensors on public restroom sinks.
Indoor Air Quality - The building design and material selection
are also based on optimizing indoor air quality.
Guestrooms are served by dedicated ventilation units that supply
100% outside air.
Low VOCs: All paints, adhesives/sealants,
carpets and fabrics specified for the project have no or low
emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). For instance, all
carpets are certified by the Green Label Plus program, which
verifies products have very low VOC emissions and all laminates
are free from added urea formaldehyde. Moreover, no vinyl wall coverings are used in the hotel, which is unique for a hotel
Green Materials: In addition to improving air
quality, the hotel selected building materials and furnishings
that were made from recycled content or other "green" materials.
The total recycled content value of all building materials and
products (by cost) is more than 10%.
All guest room desk
chairs are Cradle to Cradle Certified, which means they are
constructed using sustainable materials and are recyclable.
Most bedding in the typical guestroom is made from organic or
An innovative solid surface called Alkemi,
which is made from recycled metal shavings, is used in the lobby
Wood floors and millwork are made from timber certified
by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which means it comes from
sustainably harvested forests.
Pittsburgh Focus: To reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and to support the
local economy, the hotel selected many products from Pittsburgh
and its surrounding area.\
All of the typical guest room
furniture (excluding mirrors and accessories) is produced within
500 miles of Pittsburgh.
Porcelain tile in the typical
bathroom is produced within 500 miles of Pittsburgh, and the glass
tile in the bathroom is made in Chicago.
100% of the artwork
displayed throughout the hotel is created by Pittsburgh artists
Prominent light fixtures in the lobby and
ballroom are made by local Pittsburgh artisans.
Operations: In addition to the building design and construction,
the operation of the hotel follows practices to limit its
Green Housekeeping - The hotel cleans
guestrooms with products that are verified to be low-toxic and
Recycling - Waste at the hotel is
sorted to divert landfill bound trash. To encourage participation,
each guest room and suite has a recycling bin.
Dining: The hotel chef features local and organic ingredients in
the restaurant and bar. Food waste is also treated by an
enzyme-based digester, and fryer oil is processed locally into
The Fairmont Green
Partnership program was pioneered by Fairmont's Canadian hotels in
1990 and has become a core value of the Fairmont brand. The
program focuses on improvements in waste management,
sustainability, and energy and water conservation at Fairmont
properties, and innovative community outreach programs involving
local groups and partnerships.
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