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Getting Ahead of 2017 Energy Codes

By Alexander Landa, Outreach and Communications Manager on 9/29/2016

If you didn't get the chance to join us on Tuesday, September 27th, then you missed a great presentation on Energy Codes. In this course lead by Chris Schaffner, LEED Fellow and founder and President of The Green Engineer Inc., the morning was engaging and informative, enlightening those who attended to become more aware about MA's new energy code.

The state's new energy codes maintain the state's leadership position on building energy codes, and also re-aligns the Stretch Energy Code with the Base Code, simplifying the situation in Stretch Code Communities. This is important for professionals in the green building industry, so you can become update with the changes for commercial buildings, and the pros/cons of compliance options.

Of course, USGBC MA's devotion to education won't stop here. In the future, we will be holding more events similar to this!

If you're interested in emerging practices to get you ahead of the game, our Healthy Materials Summit is only a month away. Also in October, we will be holding an educational session with EnerNOC to go over details regarding renewable energy.

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Member Profile: SMMA's Steven Burke

By Caitlin Forbes on 9/28/2016

As SMMA’s Sustainability Manager, Steven is responsible for LEED administration on various projects, as well as facilitating project teams, clients, and consultants in delivering sustainable design practices, applications, and documentation. Steven balances his time between sustainable corporate and residential projects and advancing green schools, currently working on Waltham and Somerville High Schools as well as Shark Ninja’s Corporate Headquarters. Steven is coleading the team curating the panelists for our upcoming Healthy Materials Summit, and we're excited to be working with him.

After obtaining Master's of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University, Steven became immersed in the built environment, seeking to advance the comprehensive benefits of what he defines as sustainable design: capitalizing on aesthetics, energy and water performance, durability, return on investment, and space functionality. The notion that sustainability is simply buying some materials with recycled content is dated; instead, Steven focuses on the new model of “Net Positive” buildings that give back more than they take. 

A thought leader in sustainable design strategies, Steve has chaired discussions at the Building Energy Conference, Architecture Boston Expo, and Building Technology Forum. For his additional work with the USGBC, Steven led the Green Building Bike Tours, presented on LEED v4 for Schools at the NESEA conference – ultimately turning it into a National Webinar – and now acts as a USGBC Board Member and Treasurer.

Check out Steven’s thoughts on Why LEED Matters for Future Generations.

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Attend The Next USGBC LEED Exam Prep Course Oct. 19

By Alexander Landa, Outreach and Communications Manager on 9/28/2016

Take a break from reading books and Google searches, and come join us for a day-long LEED Exam Prep Course instead! On October 19th, our event will help bring you up to speed with LEED practices, to help you prepare for your exam.

For real estate professionals, architects, engineers, students, and anyone else who has a passion for green building practices and LEED, this course is designed for individuals of all knowledge levels, and to cover a vast majority of exam topics.

In addition to this course, there are a few other ways you can prepare. You can catch up with the LEED Green Associate Handbook, and the LEED Core Concepts Guide, for starters.


Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
50 Milk Street
18th Floor, Hemingway Room
Boston, MA

Register here.
Learn more about the course here.

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New Balance Headquarters Design by Elkus Manfredi Architects Wins Green Building Showcase Building of the Year Award 2016

By Alexander Landa, Outreach and Communications Manager on 9/27/2016



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New Balance Headquarters Design by Elkus Manfredi Architects Wins Green Building Showcase Building of the Year Award 2016

[Boston, September 26, 2016] At the 2016 Green Building Showcase awards held on September 22, 2016, at 888 Boylston Street in Boston, MA, Elkus Manfredi Architects was awarded the 2016 Green Building Showcase Building of the Year Award for its design of the New Balance Headquarters located in Brighton, MA. The LEED Platinum-certified design was recognized for its commitment to being environmentally-friendly and healthy for occupants, as well as being a prime example of modern engineering. Standing out among other green buildings in the contest, the new Balance Headquarters signifies the impact that forward-thinking companies – in partnership with designers such as Elkus Manfredi – can have on the built environment.

Completed in September 2015, the five-story, 250,000-square-foot New Balance Headquarters building is the sole LEED v2009 CS Platinum project in the United States to achieve all Indoor Environmental Quality credits, and only the third in the world. New Balance leadership envisioned its new headquarters as a state-of-the-art environment that would not only carry the company into the 21st century as a leading force in its core business, but also embody the corporate commitment to the health and well-being of its employees, its community, and our planet. The LEED Platinum certification of the new Headquarters is testament to that commitment.

Created by the USGBC’s Massachusetts Chapter, the annual Green Building Awards Program acknowledges the achievements of recent green building projects in the Commonwealth. All of the buildings featured in this event have made strides to ensure they are healthy for the environment and are prime examples of modern sustainable architecture.

For the Showcase event, the Chapter was honored to welcome distinguished real estate professionals representing the institutions of Harvard, MIT, BioMed Realty, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Cambridge Redevelopment, who noted that the New Balance Headquarters project outperformed others in the five criteria that were the basis for this distinguished award:  social equity, innovation, replicability, and positive environmental and economic impact.

Congratulations to Elkus Manfredi Architects and New Balance on this outstanding achievement.



It's Not Too Late To Attend The 2nd Annual Energy Conference Sept. 30th At Northeastern University

By Alexander Landa, Outreach and Communications Manager on 9/27/2016

Are you free this Friday at all? Well, if you want an excuse to begin the weekend early, it's not too late to attend the Second Annual Energy Conference on September 30th at Northeastern University Campus. Organized by the Energy Systems Society, this event will be covering a wide array of topics relating to energy, such as looking at renewable energy from an entrepreneur standpoint, and making connections between big data analytics and energy.

As described on the event's homepage, "The mission of the Northeastern University Energy Systems Society (ESS) is to bridge the gap between industry and academia, as well as development and sustainability. Engaging students and professionals from across the energy spectrum, the conference will establish a solution-based discussion to energy problems. This will not only serve as a knowledge platform, but will also help address serious sustainability issues that the current world faces. Conference registration will be open to the general public, including students, staff and faculty from neighboring colleges and universities, industry and government representatives, and other organizations in the Greater Boston and New England area. 

This unique event will be taking place Friday, September 30th, from 8:00AM to 7:00PM at Northeastern University's Curry Student Center (360 Huntington Ave., Boston MA).

You can register here.

Green Building Bike Tour Was A Success!

By Steven Burke on 9/21/2016

The green building bike tour had another successful year, with beautiful weather to boot! Our tour of the East Boston Greenway was an excellent excuse to explore and cycle the up-and-coming neighborhood of East Boston. The tour was lead by Alison Richardson, Principal at Brown, Richardson & Rowe, Inc., and prime designer of the East Boston Greenway, with supplemental help from Katie Davis of Harvard Green Building Services, and Steven Burke of SMMA and the USGBC MA Board.

We gathered at Maverick T station on Saturday morning to kick off our adventure. Some highlight stops  included Bremen Street & Memorial Stadium Parks, the East Boston Public Library, the Logan Greenway Connector and the Consolidated Rental Car Facility for Logan Airport. Alison Richardson walked us through the complex history of the Greenway, sharing stories about land acquisition, community input and the design process. Since its opening in 2007, the Greenway has helped transform the communities of East Boston by providing safe and cared-for spaces of refuge, exercise, gathering and play. 

We concluded our tour at KO Pies, a delicious local icon where we enjoyed views of the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery and the sounds of the Marina. 

Special thanks to our sponsors Xquisite Landscaping, Inc. for sponsoring the event, and our co-promoters Women In Design

See you next year for the next bike tour-- ride on! 

Special thanks to Ami who helped coordinate this wonderful experience, but unfortunately, could not attend due to a knee injury. Feel better!

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Residential Green Building: 9/12/16 with Presentation from LISC's Mike Davis

By Molly Cox on 9/13/2016

The Residential Green Building Committee met on September 12th, 2016, featuring a guest presentation from Mike Davis, Senior Program Officer at  (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in Boston. Mike is also on the board of USGBC MA! LISC works across a plethora of fields, promoting affordable housing, economic development, energy savings, and safety for low-income neighborhoods across the country. While LISC has been around since the ‘80’s, Mike spoke to us about a recent initiative he is working on in MA (See presentation attached below).

One of the programs Mike manages includes the Green Retrofit Initiative in MA, which started in 2010, with the mission of working with building owners of multifamily housing units, and providing the funding they need. The program is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Barr Foundation (LISC was only 1 of 12 organizations to get the grant from HUD). In partnership with New Ecology, an organization that promotes environmental quality in buildings, LISC was able to rehabilitate buildings to increase energy savings for residents, and establish a healthy living environment. So far, the Initiative has helped 50 multifamily affordable housing owners in MA, and this number will continue to grow. Mike showed us some examples of electric and gas usage savings as well, and we saw at least 20% across the board in savings for residents.

With their recent MA Clean Energy Center grant, LISC wants to prioritize energy audits for projects that are nearing their time for rehabilitation. With this grant, they hope to join the efforts of all players involved, including owners, lenders, utilities, state agencies, to ensure they are all taking advantage of the potential savings. Retrocommissioning is also a priority to ensure the maintenance of renewable energy systems is readily available, once they are installed. The end goal with this initiative is to inspire and promote positive policy on the state level.

We then moved onto our Committee updates, and reflected on the legislative session that recently ended, and look forward to the next 2-year session. We also reviewed our initiatives within the Committee, including an exciting resource Bill and Dana are compiling for homeowners. We are planning a service event on November 19th with YouthBuild Boston, stay tuned for more details!

Some events coming up include the Green Building Showcase on September 22nd, 2016 (Register HERE), and GreenBuild in Los Angeles starting October 5th (Register HERE). Come join us for our next Committee meeting on October 3rd!

Find the presentation here.

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