Inspirations and Innovations

No Need To Reinvent The Wheel For Green Features

No Need To Reinvent The Wheel For Green Features
Techniques Allow Existing Buildings To Capture Benefits

We have all seen new buildings that were designed with sustainable technologies. While these buildings are exciting and groundbreaking, they are often not a reality for clients who have budget constraints and must adapt existing buildings – especially if it’s a historic building. There is a perception that in order to achieve sustainability, clients have to start new, from the ground up, and be ready to pay extra for “green” features. However, reality tells a much different story: existing buildings each have their own set of variables, challenges and opportunities that can lead to new and innovative sustainable solutions.

Innovation by The Sea

The existing Lighthouse Building at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine was renovated from a machine shop to a building which houses offices, conference rooms and teaching spaces. With a mandate to be more sustainable, a new and innovative approach was selected to heat and cool the existing … Read More

Streamlining the Development Process

Streamlining the Development Process

The old adage that “time is money” is particularly true when undertaking the permitting process for new development. Developers who are moving from low-density residential to multifamily or mixed-use may not be familiar with the processes for site plan approval … Read More

A Call to Action on Sea Level Rise

A Call to Action on Sea Level Rise

Two recent reports from ULI Boston/New England, “Advancing Resiliency in East Boston” and “Developing Resilience: Living with Water Strategies for Greater Boston,” are furthering the conversation around how sea level rise will impact the Greater Boston area.

The conclusions of … Read More

The Changing Workplace: Choice is the New Trend

The Changing Workplace: Choice is the New Trend

The typical office workplace has been changing for decades, and most rapidly in the last 10 years. Cubical “farms” of the 1980s are disappearing. Workstation panel heights are coming down or vanishing all together. “Free Address Workplace” is the new … Read More

Refrigerant Gasses and Climate Change

Refrigerant Gasses and Climate Change

Written By Matt Strong

Ozone damage caused by refrigerant gasses is a big topic in climate change that needs to be addressed. Today’s cooling systems use HCFC such as R410A & R22 and HFC refrigerants but there is a plan … Read More