Boston – Chapman Construction/Design announced it has launched a new sustainability initiative, committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and promoting John Hyde to senior sustainability manager. Chapman is the first construction manager to commit to carbon neutrality in New England.
To support its commitment to carbon neutrality, Chapman has calculated its operational carbon footprint, is shifting away from fossil fuels, and is fully electrifying its already LEED Platinum certified headquarters. The firm will accomplish this by further minimizing building energy demands, replacing fossil fuel fired equipment with electrically powered equipment, and generating enough onsite clean renewable energy to meet its electricity demand resulting in net zero emissions.
Chapman already owns a fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles for its team to use during job site travel. Following EPA’s Scope 1 and 2 corporate protocols, the company will eliminate direct emissions from sources such as natural gas for heating equipment, gasoline and diesel for fleet vehicles, fugitive emissions from cooling equipment; and indirect emissions from purchased electricity.
Beyond its corporate commitments, Chapman is taking steps to address embodied carbon emissions, to support clients in achieving their carbon neutral commitments. It is evaluating material selections and construction methods for ways to reduce embodied carbon, paying particularly careful attention to air sealing and insulation details.
Promoted to reinvigorate and advance Chapman’s sustainability goals, including its Carbon Neutral 2030 plan, Hyde previously served as a resource on many of the company’s sustainable construction project. In his new role, he will continue to support clients and begin advancing corporate sustainability goals.
Since joining Chapman in 2011, Hyde has been involved with net zero projects for the Southeast Land Trust and Mass Audubon. He is currently working on Element Care’s PACE Center, which is Chapman’s first Passive House project. He is a Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a LEED Accredited Professional – BD+C, and a Fitwell Ambassador.