USGBC Launches Arc (the updated LEED Dynamic Plaque)

On December 1, the USGBC officially launched Arc, the updated version of the LEED Dynamic Plaque. Arc will allow any project to benchmark itself with ongoing performance data. As part of the launch, the USGBC announced that all LEED projects, both registered and certified have access to Arc. This means it can be used to measure the ongoing performance of your certified building, and even be used pursue re-certification under LEED.

Many of our clients are curious about Arc. If you are one of them, we’d be happy to discuss how The Green Engineer might help you use Arc on your projects. We see Arc as the future of LEED, incorporating a streamlined, data driven approach to green buildings that helps cross the divide between design and operations. If you are curious what the future looks like, give our office a call. 

University Hall @ UMass Boston Opens Today

University Hall at UMass Boston formally opens today.  UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley cordially invites the public to celebrate the grand opening of 190,000 SF new, academic building.  University Hall will serve a broad cross-section of students, faculty, and staff through state-of-the-art classrooms, chemistry teaching labs, specialized instructional and performance/art spaces, offices, the Beacon Cafe, and student lounge and study spaces.

The Green Engineer served as sustainable design consultant to the project, designed by Wilson Architects, and provided LEED Project Management and Energy Modeling services on the project. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Ribbon Cutting & Reception:

Monday, October 17, 2016 at 4 p.m.
University Hall, 1st Floor Atrium

 

Chase Dining Hall at Wheaton College Acheives LEED Silver

The Chase Dining Hall at Wheaton College in Norton, MA has achieved LEED NC v2009 Silver certification. The 18,400 SF dining facility opened its doors last year, providing students with a revamped dining hall that offers dining, event and late-night service on campus, and uses approximately 18% less energy than typical dining halls. 

The project called for an interior gut renovation of the 60-year old building.  The new design by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates opens ups the floor plan, and incorporates new glazing, new mechanical systems, a new roof, high-efficiency LED lighting, efficient and low-flow plumbing fixtures as well as low-VOC products. Over 95% of the demolition waste was diverted from landfills and recycled. The new facility now boasts a water-use reduction of over 39%.

The Green Engineer provided LEED Project Management on this project.