The May Zone of...More Green Buildings!

Intro to the Living Building Challenge; and report-back from the Living Futures Conference

TOMORROW Tuesday, 5/17, 8:30am - 10am
50 Milk Street, 18th Floor,
Hemingway Room
Boston MA 02109
The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Living Building Challenge - a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. 

We will also hear a brief report-back on the Living Futures Conference of this past week, in Seattle, WA. What is the International Living Futures Institute up to now?

What do you want from your Chapter?

We want your feedback!

Let us know what you think about what we're doing.

We thank you!

What is Continuous Sustainability for a Company in the A/E/C and Real Estate Industry? 
Tuesday, 5/24, 
8:30 - 11am, 
50 Milk St, 18th Fl.
Hemingway Room,
Boston, MA 02109

Barbra Batshalom has spent years fine-tuning the ways firms can deeply embrace sustainability.

Join us for this in-depth training on how your firm can walk the talk - not just deliver a LEED project once in a while, but embrace systemic practices to deliver the best buildings through the power of synergetic collaboration!

Click here to learn more of the curriculum and to sign up!

Building Tour: EMD Serono Research & Development Institute
Thursday, 5/26, 5:30 - 7pm, 
45 Middlesex Turnpike
Billerica, MA

Come join your green building colleagues for a tour of the EMD Serono Research & Development Institute at their Unity and Sagamore buildings in Billerica. The Unity building, containing 140,000 GSF of laboratory and support space, is connected to the newly renovated office space of the Sagamore building by a an enclosed pedestrian bridge. The Unity building achieved LEED Gold certification in 2011, the Sagamore building achieved LEED Platinum certification in 2015.

Thank you to JLL Construction for sponsoring this event.

Building Blueprint: WELL Building Standard (Intro + Discussion) 

Tuesday, 5/31, 8:30am - 10:30pm, 
50 Milk St, 15th floor, "Hemingway" Room
Boston, MA 02109
Come get up to speed with WELL and connect with others interested in the standard at this intro session. 
Dual Green Home Tour 

Saturday, 6/4, 11:00am - 2:00pm, 
in Concord and Newton

Join our Residential Green Building Committee for this exciting two-site tour of green homes in the Metro-West. Learn how owners explored the options and then implemented major interventions to reduce their HERS ratings and achieve LEED Certification. 

Special thanks to LDa Architects for sponsoring and leading the tour and to the Residential Green Building Committee for coordinating the event!
Advocacy Round Table: Policy Overview 

Thursday, 6/9, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
50 Milk St, 15th Fl
Aristotle Room
Boston MA 02109

It has been an exciting spring at the State House. The Legislature has explored and improved the net metering situation (although more reform is needed!) and PACE finance is sitting on-deck with the energy omnibus bill. 

Come out this evening for an update on what we can do to ensure our priorities are met this session before the summer recess.

Performing Resilience: How to Actually Get it Done!

Tuesday, 6/14, 8:30am - 10:30am
50 Milk St, 17th Fl
Milky Way Room
Boston MA 02109

Join the USGBC MA Chapter for an important morning program on implementation of resilience.
We are all hearing about the importance of this topic. We have participated in information sessions and presentations about the dangers of sea level rise, increased storm intensity and other issues connected to resilience. We have memorized the new shoreline maps and we "get it" that our infrastructure is going to need some help, big time.
How do we actually get resilience done? What are the practical things we can do as developers, designers, implementers and users of buildings and building systems?
Learn from our expert panel to explore the topic and the tools we can use, right now, on every building project. Joining us will be: Filippo Masetti of SGH, Arlen Stawasz of Perkins + Will, and Michale Green from CABA.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Class 

Wednesday, 6/15, 8:30am - 5:00pm
50 Milk St, 18th Fl
Woolf Room
Boston MA 02109

The LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the Green Associate and other specialty exams. The day long curriculum is designed to cover the segments of the Green Associate Exam and to lightly cover the AP specialty exams. If you have specific questions regarding a specialty exam, feel free to bring these questions to class and have the instructor cover these identified areas. 

Come join us for this session! We have only had positive feedback and success stories from previous classes.

WELL Accredited Professional Exam Prep Class 

Thursday, 6/16, 8:30am - 5:00pm
50 Milk St, 17th Fl
Hercules Room
Boston MA 02109

The WELL Building Standard is commanding the attention of property owners throughout our market area. The Chapter invites any professional who is interested in taking the WELL AP exam  to join us for an in-depth professional exam preparation course.

You can be a part of the earliest wave of WELL Accredited Professionals in Massachusetts. We welcome professionals from all sectors of the building industry: owners, operators, designers, engineers, builders and occupants interested in mastering and practicing the new standard. 

The WELL AP Exam Prep Class will have nine sections which will be given over the course of one day. A light breakfast, full lunch and snacks throughout the day will be provided. A hard-copy exam study guide will be provided to all students.

 Fees for the exam go up on June 30th, so the time to get accredited is now!

NEBFM - Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management EXPO 

Weds & Thurs, 6/29-6/30
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Once again the USGBC MA Chapter is supporting this important expo for building operators to embrace high-performance techniques in their buildings

Sign up here for this free event! - please note you heard about this in category "Other" and add that it was through the USGBC MA! We can earn an incentive prize, thank you.

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