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Passive House Design Standards and Community Carbon Neutrality

Passive House Design Standards and Community Carbon Neutrality

| November 12, 2018

by Jim Newman A Passive House (PH) is a building that tactfully uses building orientation, thermal massing, passive heating/cooling, and daylighting to greatly reduce its energy needs. Though the name suggests that most certified Passive House projects are residential, a Passive House does not necessarily mean the building must be a “house” per se. Passive […]

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UMass Amherst Lab Designed to Save Energy

UMass Amherst Lab Designed to Save Energy

| November 8, 2018

Amherst, MA – The Life Science Laboratories building at UMass Amherst was designed to foster excellence in research while reducing energy consumption. To prevent thermal bridging where 40 steel cantilevers penetrate the building envelope, Wilson Architects and Lim Consultants specified structural thermal breaks, reducing energy loss by 50% where utilized and contributing to the project’s […]

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Sustainability: The Challenge Confronting Us

Sustainability: The Challenge Confronting Us

| October 30, 2018

by Mike DeLacey The world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, a massive increase from 7.3 billion in 2015. As a result of this growth, 66.6% of the population will live in urban environments and the number of buildings in the world will double. This rise in population, accommodated by a surge in construction, […]

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Connecticut WELL APs Lead in Healthy Building Movement

Connecticut WELL APs Lead in Healthy Building Movement

| October 30, 2018

Facilitated by Antonia Ciaverella     Antonia Ciaverella, EDAC, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador, is an architectural designer with Tecton Architects in Hartford, Conn.       As curiosity sparks around health and well-being in the built environment, our network of Connecticut WELL Accredited Professionals leads the way. Today, they share their stories […]

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Over 11,000 lbs. of E-Waste Collected at Hobbs Brook E-Cycling Event

Over 11,000 lbs. of E-Waste Collected at Hobbs Brook E-Cycling Event

| October 29, 2018

Waltham, MA  – Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a commercial property management and development firm, recently sponsored an e-cycling collection event at its Edgewater campus in Wakefield. Enlisting the services of Surplus Technology Solutions, Hobbs Brook is continuing to offer its tenants safe and environmentally responsible e-cycling solutions. At the collection event, five 16 ft. trucks were filled with […]

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Promoting Urban Biodiversity Through the Built Environment

Promoting Urban Biodiversity Through the Built Environment

| October 23, 2018

by Blake Jackson The demand for urban living is only expected to rise with 68% the world’s population projected to live in cities by 2050, according to United Nations data. As designers and planners, we have a responsibility to not only prepare our cities for growth, but also ensure this development doesn’t come at the […]

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Ribbon Cutting for Energy-Efficient School

Ribbon Cutting for Energy-Efficient School

| October 18, 2018

Brookline, MA – The town of Brookline hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new Coolidge Corner School, marking the recent opening of the school a significant step towards solving its enrollment growth pressures. The 227,000sf expansion and restoration project was designed by Cambridge-based HMFH Architects and includes full-scale renovation of the school’s historic 1913 building, two […]

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Eversource Shines Light on Nonprofit

Eversource Shines Light on Nonprofit

| October 9, 2018

 Newton, MA – When The Second Step began focusing on lighting challenges at its two locations in Newton, they partnered with Eversource to make energy-efficiency improvements, saving an estimated $12,000 in annual energy costs.  The Second Step, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit that has helped thousands of domestic violence survivors build brighter futures for […]

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enVerid Wins 2019 AHR Expo Innovation Award

| September 28, 2018

Boston – enVerid Systems, recently announced that its HLR 1000E-M has received the AHR Expo Innovation Award in the Green Building category by a panel from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. enVerid HLR technology was recognized for innovation, value, and market impact among green building products.  .Legacy commercial HVAC designs rely on massive volumes […]

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O&G Recognized as Top U.S. Green Builder

| September 25, 2018

Torrington, Connecticut – O&G Industries was recently recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) on its annual Top 100 Green-Buildings Contractor list that ranks the country’s top sustainable building contractors. The company ranked 77th overall and tied for eighth place as the largest Green Building Contractor in the Educational market. It is the only Connecticut-based contractor recognized on the 2018 list. […]

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