60% Energy Savings Relative to Code
3M square foot mixed-use community
Almono District Energy Business Case, Almono Energy Integration Model
What We DidDistrict Energy Business Model, Masterplan Support, Regulatory and Utility Advisory
The Almono Site is a world-class, sustainable, mixed-use innovation district on Pittsburgh’s waterfront. It aspires to be a leader in low impact community design. When the development partners decided to explore net zero energy and carbon neutral, they engaged Urban Equation to lead a team of globally-renowned consultants in fully evaluating the site’s potential.
Our first step was to prepare a district geothermal business case that considered technical, financial and end-user impacts. We were then asked to lead the technical experts in evaluating multiple site-wide energy strategies and various performance targets. The end result identified a balanced solution for achieving carbon neutral on-site while optimizing user experience and mitigating the owner and developer’s risk.
Since completing the site-wide analysis, we’ve been engaged to evaluate how the first building could either plug into district systems or operate on its own while maintaining the carbon neutral goal. Throughout the process, we were able to leverage our understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by developers and our extensive experience in bringing other like high performance communities to market.