By Grey Lee

Green Buildings continue to become the standard practice in the real estate industry.  We do have a long way to go, but that is our mission and that is where we're heading. Energy-efficient, high-performance buildings are good for users, managers and owners. LEED certification is one way to achieve a green building. The GSA has concluded that LEED saves the government money. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found LEED buildings, on average, use 25% less energy and cost 19% less to operate.
In the last two months, the state has seen 17 newly certified buildings.  This lncluded the Dassault Systemes Boston Campus in Waltham, which attained LEED Commercial Interiors Platinum and One Beacon Street earned LEED Existing Building Platinum through Cassidy Turley. The Northampton, MA Police Department attained LEED New Construction Gold as did Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Recreational Facility. Congratulations to the many teams that earned LEED certifications in recent weeks.
Let's welcome new USGBC member firms in the last two months: Green Footprints Commissioning Inc., Sustainability Roundtable, Inc., The Princeton Review, G.C. McGowan Design LLC, Sustainability Services Group LLC, Mashpee High School Environmental Club, Communications Design Associates, Inc., Paul Lukez Architecture, and Derosa Environmental Consulting. Thank you for being a part of the green building community!
The Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC would like to recognize our new partnering sponsors Levi + Wong Architects, LDa-Architects, and Rubenstein Partners/CenterPoint Waltham. Together we are enhancing the real estate of Massachusetts.
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