The USGBC has released its ranking of the #Top10LEED States for 2018.
For 2018, MA came in second, with 5.30 certified GSF per capita, second only to Illinois with 5.31 GSF per capita. The USGBC’s list ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person.
The Green Engineer provided sustainable design consulting services on 18 of the 122 LEED certified projects in MA last year, representing 14.75% share of the Bay State’s LEED Certified buildings.
According to the USGBC, 'the Top 10 states for LEED are home to 128 million Americans and together include more than 468 million gross square feet of LEED-certified space.
The latest update to the LEED BD+C Rating system, version 4.1 was released this January. Version v4.1 promises to be “bigger, bolder and stronger", raising the bar to more directly address carbon emissions and climate change. It also streamlines and simplifies many credits, resulting in a system that is easier to use, with bigger impacts.
This two hour session will be led by Chris Schaffner, LEED Fellow and President of The Green Engineer, Inc. Chris is the current Chair of the LEED Steering Committee and has been deeply involved in the development on LEED version 4.1. He’ll review all the major changes in v4.1 BD+C , and will discuss how v4.1 language can be used on your current projects. He’ll also outline to future path for LEED development, and there will be ample time reserved for Q&A.
February 26, 2019 8:30AM
Don't miss the USGBC's Women in Green Breakfast on December 3rd, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Corporate Headquarters.
This event is for professionals to network and connect with leaders in the field and promote women’s leadership across the environmental and built environment industry. During the event, local sustainability leaders will lead table discussions examining ourselves, our communities, and our global connections.
At Women in Green you will learn a bit about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts sustainability journey and why they believe healthcare has a role to play modeling responses and behaviors.
Followed with guided table discussions led by local sustainability leaders in examining ourselves, our communities, and our global connections.
To learn more about the event and register, visit https://usgbcma.org/women-in-green/
We're happy to share EMDSerono's Project Sagamore facility has won both the 2018 Green Building of the Year award, and the 2018 Market Leader for Health & Wellness award at the 2018 Green Building Showcase hosted by the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.
The USGBC MA’s Green Building Showcase celebrates the best efforts in Massachusetts to advance sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment.
Project SagaMORE is a 30,000 SF expansion of EMD Serono's R&D campus in Billerica, and was designed to enhance EMD’s progressive work culture through employee engagement, well-being, technology, and biophilic design. Designed by Ellenzweig, the project's primary design challenge was to expand and improve upon the existing, 24,000 SF office building to produce a unified solution, while achieving both WELL Gold and LEED NC v2009 certification.
The SagaMORE project at EMD Serono is currently pending LEED NC v2009 certification. It is expected to achieve a 42% water use reduction, 30% energy cost reduction, and 82% reduction in construction waste. The existing, renovated office space it annexes, Project Bridgeway, previously achieved LEED CI v2009 Platinum in 2015.
Both the existing office and annex have jointly achieved WELL Certification Gold certification for New Construction from the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). In so far as its WELL Certification, the EMD facility establishes many records. It is the:
1st New & Existing Building WELL Certified Gold project in the US
2nd New & Existing Building WELL Certified Gold project in the World
3rd New & Existing Building WELL Certified project in the US
4th New & Existing Building WELL Certified project in the World
38th certified WELL project of any type in the US
80th certified WELL project of any type in the World
The Green Engineer has collaborated on three projects at EMD Serono's Billerica Campus: Project Unity, the development of a new, 140,000 SF research and administrative facility complete with labs and a vivarium; Project Bridgeway, the conversion of a 20,000 sf manufacturing facility into office space; and Project SagaMORE, a 30,000 sf addition to the existing, renovated office space (Project Bridgeway).