Friday, August 15, 2014

The Weekly Bulletin to 8/15/14

by Grey Lee, USGBC MA

What's been going on? I hope you've had a good time getting out into the countryside, or the oceanside for that matter. Though the city existence has good moments too.

Coming up next Saturday is our EPMA Summer Bike Tour. We'll head from Cambridge to Boston along the Emerald Necklace. Register on the above link. We'll meet at 1pm at Cambridge Bicycle and spend about 3 hours in the saddle. It will be a great time!

We have a Green Schools Committee meeting on Tuesday, 8/26 at 6pm in Boston. We'll be finalizing planning for the Green Apple Day of Service. So far we have about 25 projects in the works, throughout the state. This year we are offering "mini-grants" to help fund supplies for the service projects. Sponsors of the mini-grants include: National Grid, NStar, Capitol Waste Services, Re-Stream, and Triumph Modular.

Everyone is catching the fever for LEED Projects! Yes, and we'll be celebrating on Tuesday, 9/30, at Genzyme in Cambridge. This year's LEED Project Showcase will be the biggest one yet. We are reaching out to all 180 project teams from the past many months to find firms who want to sponsor the event. There are great opportunities to present, get a video done, get an ad distributed and of course network at the actual event. Check out the Sponsorship Packages now!

 Here's Jim Newman presenting on resilience earlier this week - based on his report "Building Resilience in Boston" and how it connects with the residential marketplace. Where are your mechanicals? Do you really want that beach-front property? How can we use the threat of severe weather events as an opportunity to improve our communities? Thanks Jim - that was a great presentation.

Other events this week were the "Switch Flipping Ceremony" for Boston Properties' 820kW array in Waltham and Eric Corey Freed's "The Net Zero Imperative" presentation. 

Stay tuned to the USGBC MA Chapter as we bring you more of the best as we promote, facilitate and celebrate MORE GREEN BUILDINGS!

Looking at Mt. Passaconaway from Hedgehog Mountain

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Net Zero Imperative with Eric Corey Freed

Star of the organicARCHITECT world, Eric Corey Freed came to the USGBC MA to present his program on "The Net Zero Imperative" this morning. Almost 20 practitioners came out to roll up their sleeves and hear Eric's 20-point plan on how to get to net zero in their work on the built environment.

We had attendees representing state and local governments, including the City's Environment Department, community developers, building scientists, architects, contractors, LEED consultants and biomimicry experts. It was a great crowd and engaging discussions ensued.

The "20 Steps to Net Zero" of organicARCHITECT are:

  • Integrated Design Process
  • Load Reduction
  • Site Design
  • Energy Model
  • Orientation
  • Massing
  • Envelope
  • Daylighting
  • Systems Efficiency
  • Passive
  • Active
  • Recovery
  • Regeneration
  • Self Generation
  • Offsets
  • Operational Best Practices
  • Maintenance
  • Occupant Behavior Management
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Education
All told, it was a tour-de-force and inspirational presentation. You'll have to come out for his next presentation in the spring of 2015.

Eric's overarching message: just do it. Don't ask. If you have to, sneak it in!

It was a great presentation of over 600 slides. Whew! Thank you Eric!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Putting Solar On It: Boston Properties Garage Roof 820kW PV Array

Monday witnessed the "Switch Flipping" ceremony for Boston Properties' new solar array at their Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham, MA. 

See the previous blog for the details on the system.

Many of the project participants were in attendance along with local and state dignitaries to celebrate.

It was great to attend and see real leaders for the future of sustainability in real estate. Congratulations and thank you Boston Properties!

Here is the scene: on a hillside in western Waltham, on the "outside" of Rt. 128, accessible from Winter Street, is Bay Colony, a couple million s.f. of prime Class A corporate office space. On a parking structure, the Boston Properties team, led by Chapter Director Ben Myers, conceived, organized (& financed) and implemented an 820kW PV array. In the distance you can see other Boston Properties holdings in Back Bay, Boston, on the horizon.

According to the team, this is the largest one of its kind in the Northeast. Participants included: Solaire, Healthy Planet Partners, and Boston Properties.

Also in attendance were members of the regional brokerage team including Bruce Lee of Lee Partners of New England who used to work at Bay Colony (on left).

Boston Properties is clearly a leader on sustainability in the built environment. They have one of the largest portfolios of LEED certified space in the state, and I've heard they are going for a net-zero project in Boston in the near future...

Here we have Senior VP Bryan Koop, Construction Manager (and Chapter Director) Ben Myers (who coordinated the project) and Michael Richter of Healthy Planet Partners discussing how they'll present and manage to "flip the switch".

Congratulations, Ben, nice work on behalf of our movement!

The Boston Properties Team "Array!"

Press Release for Boston Properties' 840 kW Solar Array in Waltham

By Laura Sesody, Boston Properties

Boston Properties, Healthy Planet Partners and Solaire Generation Complete Northeast’s Largest Garage-Mounted Solar Canopy – 840 kW Solar Array at Boston Properties’ BAy Colony Office Park in Waltham, MA

Flipping the Switch: Undersecretary Mark Sylvia of the MA EEA, Michael Richter of Healthy Planet Partners, Laurence Mackler of Solaire, and Bryan Koop of Boston Properties

August 11, 2014 - Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP), Healthy Planet Partners (“HPP”) and Solaire Generation today announced they were “Flipping the Switch” on the Northeastern United States’ largest garage mounted solar canopy at Boston Properties’ Bay Colony. The solar canopy covers 60,000 ft2 at the 950 Winter Street parking garage. The 840 kW installation is projected to produce more than one (1) million kWh of renewable power annually. The energy produced is equivalent to twenty percent of Bay Colony Building 950’s total consumption or enough energy to power 130 Massachusetts homes. Annually, renewable energy generated by the solar array will offset 340 metric tons of CO2. 

“HPP is extremely proud of this partnership with Boston Properties, a leading commercial REIT in the U.S.,” said Michael Richter, Managing Partner of Healthy Planet Partners. “This significant solar project illustrates a strong commitment to efficient and sustainable operation of buildings and facilities. This effort should serve as a model for the utilization of parking garages across Massachusetts and beyond.”

“With the commissioning of this solar canopy, our properties now host 950 kW of solar installations,” stated Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Boston Properties. “We are pleased to do our part in reaching the State’s aggressive goal of achieving 1,600 MW of installed solar power by 2020.” 

Solaire Generation’s CEO Laurence Mackler added, “Solaire is thrilled to be a part of this exciting project. We applaud Boston Properties’ taking advantage of significant space available on their parking lots and thinking beyond traditional rooftop and ground-mount solar installations. ”

The project included the installation of 2,850 panels and nearly 300 tons of steel. In addition to generating clean energy at a discounted rate to the customers at Bay Colony, the canopies protect employees and visitors at 950 Winter Street from the elements. 

About Healthy Planet Partners, LLC

Headquartered in Greenwich, CT, Healthy Planet Partners, LLC (“HPP”), is a diversified asset manager focused on investments in energy and infrastructure. The firm provides capital, expertise, and a broad network of experts to help clients minimize environmental impact and maximize performance. HPP targets investments serving commercial, industrial, governmental and utility clients in energy and infrastructure. For further information about HPP, see

About Boston Properties

Boston Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, manages, operates and owns a diverse portfolio of Class A office space, one hotel, three residential properties and four retail properties. The Company is one of the largest owners and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, concentrated in four markets - Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. For more information about Boston Properties, see

About Solaire Generation

Solaire Generation is the market leader for the design, fabrication, and installation of elegant solar solutions. With more than 40 MW of solar parking canopies installed to date, Solaire is expanding its offerings to include financing and development of carport, roof, and ground solar projects, as well as a la carte EPC services. Solaire is active across the United States and in select international markets. For further information about Solaire Generation, see