By Allison Maynard, Communications Associate
Thank you to HMFH for their Grove-Level sponsorship of the Green Apple Day of Service!
Our chapter is comprised of many of the best leaders in the sustainability field and we are always excited to see what new strides they have made in their work. Their ingenuity and tireless commitment to sustainability are what make our chapter such a wonderful community of professionals. HMFH has used High Performance as a guiding design principle from their earliest work with passive solar design in the 1970s to 21st century buildings that meet or exceed LEED or CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) standards. Through a collaborative, integrated design process, they provide their clients with innovative, energy-efficient, high performance buildings and systems.
- HMFH’s comprehensive energy modeling allows owners to systematically explore energy-related design alternatives that can result in significant utility rebates and energy cost savings, such as at the Capuano Early Childhood Center, which saves the owner 40% in energy costs.
Optimal indoor environments
- Because people learn and work more readily in effectively day-lit spaces, they develop optimal daylighting strategies that combine enhancement features like light shelves and borrowed lights with classroom dimming sensors to reduce artificial lighting usage and cost. Their research also sets performance guidelines for other environmental characteristics that are critical to effective learning, such as acoustics, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort.
Materials and resources
- At HMFH they have long been sensitive to the impacts of building material selection on the overall environment, both in terms of occupant health and well-being, as well as long-term environmental effects. They continually evaluate and incorporate rapidly renewable and recycled materials into the design of our buildings, and have developed detailed specifications and life-cycle analysis to select reliable, economical, and low-maintenance materials and systems.
We especially recognize Chapter Member and regular volunteer Stephanie MacNeil – she has been co-chair of our Emerging Professionals Committee for a few years now and is a Chapter All-Star!
Here are some projects where HMFH has put their sustainability principles into action: