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October Newsletter
In This Issue
Greenbuild 2011 Recap
PSF Upcoming Green Building Tour
GBCI Credential Maintenance
Recap - Demand Response Credit
Build Boston 2011
E + Winners Announced
USGBC BOD Elections
National Grid Renews Platinum Sponsorship

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The LEED Regionalization Committee needs your help to define the most important issues for LEED to attack for Massachusetts. The first step toward defining credits in each rating system that qualify as regional priorities is for you to participate in this very short survey to identify important issues for our state. The survey asks you to rank environmental and social issues for their importance to your area. Please take this survey. Your voice needs to be heard! 


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Greenbuild 2011 Recap 


This year we celebrated GB expothe 10th anniversary of Greenbuild.   The conference featured four days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, master speakers and plenary events. The building expo floors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre were fully sold out and comprised of 1,700 booths, 20 percent of which were Canadian companies.


On Tuesday, the USGBC Massachusetts chapter held a  Greenbuild Social, with a great turnout and a good time had by all.  

This year, 233 exhibitors received USGBC's Green Exhibitor Award, an award that recognizes the best of sustainable booth construction and tradeshow practices.  In addition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City office was presented with the 2011 Leadership Award, commemorating the Mayor's extensive sustainability efforts throughout the city.

Greenbuild concluded with a closing plenary session featuring Canadian Minister Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour; First polar explorer to lead a team to both North and South poles, Robert Swan; Principal at John Picard & Associates and natural systems expert, John Picard; Australian artist/technologist and Director of NYU's xdesign Environmental Health Clinic, Natalie Jeremijenko, and other international thought leaders.  

LEED 2012 just completed its second public comment period and is anticipated to launch at Greenbuild 2012, taking place Nov. 13-16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. 

Building Tour of Presentation School Foundation (PSF) 


Renovation and Construction School Development, Brighton, MA

A USGBC MA Sponsored Building Tour


The Hunter Group, Inc. will be hosting a tour of their LEED PSFGold Core and Shell (anticipated) building in Brighton, MA on October 24th.  The three story brick and masonry structure has been totally redone and upgraded to meet and/or exceed all current ADA and energy standards. This includes the installation of all new mechanical and fire protection systems. This high visibility project has had great support from Mayor Manino, as well as many State political figures. Additionally, the Mass Historic Commission has granted significant tax credits in order to preserve the original character of the building.


To learn more about the tour or to sign up to attend, please visit our Chapter website.


Credential Maintenance


Need to complete your CMP hours? Interested in adding a specialty to your LEED AP credential?


USGBC MA in-person webinars are the perfect place to take advantage of GBCI's CE hour requirements for maintaining your LEED credential. Bergmeyer, HFMH, Sasaki, and SMMA will be hosting upcoming webinars through December. 


October 27th, 8:30am - BD+C 302: EA Credit 1: Top 10 Energy Efficiency Measures for Load Reduction.

There are many more webinars coming soon.  Check back on our website for topics including: Water Efficiency & Innovation in Design, and Green House Gasses + Green Buildings: Understanding and Achieving Key Reduction Goals.

September's Demand Response Event 


Recap of Demand Response Event 


On September 21st the USGBC MA Chapter hosted an event sponsored by National Grid on the Demand Response LEED Pilot Credit.  This presentation was an introduction to the concept of demand response, the language of the demand response pilot credit, and the LEED Credit development process. We were thrilled to offer USGBC 2 GBCI CE Hours to our 30 attendees.


This Pilot credit encourages LEED building projects to become active players in the emerging smart grid. The USGBC and Demand Response Pilot Credit creators are now working on ways to engage even more projects, drive widespread adoption of demand response participation, and develop a stronger relationship between the energy & building communities.


To learn more about the demand response pilot credit, explore becoming a partner in the new market pilot, and receive a report on qualified demand response programs, please email Bill Szekely from Skipping Stone at:  


Build Boston 2011 is Almost Here! 


Come to New England's largest design and construction industry event, where business leaders share expertise in more than 140 workshops, new project tours and evening receptions.

The conference program is organized in twelve distinct tracks that are timely and technically advanced, allowing you to hone your practice while earning ceu's. Build Boston also features the largest A/E/C industry exhibit hall in the Northeast. See materials and services from more than 250 of the nation's leading suppliers of building products.

Workshop discounts and a free exhibit hall pass are available if you register before October 31. For more information and to register, go to boston

November 16-18, 2011

Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210  


Mayor Menino Announces E+ Green Building Challenge Winners


E+ Green Building Program challenges designers to create Boston's first energy-positive homes.


A few weeks ago, Mayor Menino announced the winners of the Mayor's E+ Green Building Program Challenge, a pilot program that invites leading architects, builders, and developers to work together to design and construct high performance, green, urban homes. Three teams were chosen to construct ultra-efficient, energy positive, deep green buildings on three city owned parcels in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.  


The teams and their development parcels include: 
156 Highland Street, Highland Park, Roxbury. Developer/ Builder: Transformations Zero Energy Homes & Sage Builders.  Architect: Nickerson Design Services.

64 Catherine Street, Woodbourne, Jamaica Plain. Developer/ Contractor: GFC Development.  Architect: Utile, Inc.

61 Marcella Avenue, Highland Park, Roxbury. Developer/ Builder: Urbanica Design + Development. Architect: Interface Studio Architects.

The E+ program will drive the creation of three highly energy efficient prototypes.  There will be a total of ten new homes, including two affordable to lower income households, built in Boston.  Construction is slated to begin in 2012 and be completed by the fall of next year.   

USGBC MA is a sponsor of the Mayor's E+ Green Building program.

USGBC National Board of Directors Elections is Going on Now 

If you haven't voted yet in USGBC's 2012 Board of Directors election, USGBC MA encourages you to do so. Selecting the leaders who will uphold the vision, values and mission of USGBC is a critical role that members play. This year, we have two candidates from Massachusetts.  Please take a look at their bios and then vote to support Massachusetts representation at the National Board level. 

John Dalzell, AIA, LEED BC&D, ND John D.
Boston Redevelopment Authority / City of Boston
USGBC Board Candidate for Urban/Regional Planner

To read John's Candidate Profile, visit the Chapter website.

Jennifer Dolin,Jennifer D.
Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, OSRAM SYLVANIA
USGBC Board Candidate for Large-Scale Manufacturer

To read Jennifer's Candidate Profile, visit the Chapter website.

National Grid Renews Platinum Sponsorship  


USGBC MA Chapter commences Greenbuild 2011 boosted by National Grid's renewal of Platinum Sponsorship   


Days after the much anticipated and celebrated Greenbuild Next Expo and Conference in Toronto, Ontario, the USGBC MA Chapter had more to celebrate. The USGBC MA Chapter announced Wednesday an exclusive sponsorship extension with existing platinum sponsor National Grid.


Committing to another platinum sponsorship will see them remain in the chapter's highest level of sponsorship until the end of the 2012.


National Grid's Energy Efficiency Services include Energy Assessments, Energy Audits, Technical Assessments, and New Construction Assistance. These programs are supported by the MASSAVE program in conjunction with other local utilities. Mark Stafford, Lead Account Executive from National Grid's Architect and Engineer Program said, "National Grid recognizes the importance of sponsoring the USGBC Massachusetts chapter and partnering with them to promote, educate and communicate our mutually important message of sustainability and energy efficiency. National Grid looks forward to working with the chapter in supporting LEED and the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated."

To read the whole press release, go to our website.

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