U.S. Green Building Council Certifies First LEED(R) for Homes Project in Massachusetts; Cambridge Building Qualifies as the First Multi-Unit Project in the U.S. Certified by the USGBC

Nov 15, 2006, 00:00 ET from Conservation Services Group

    WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Green Building
 Council (USGBC) and Conservation Services Group (CSG) today recognize a
 Cambridge property as receiving a certified rating in the "LEED(R) for
 Homes" pilot program. Located at 53 Standish St., it is the first
 LEED-certified home project in Massachusetts and the first multi-unit
 building in the country that meets the USGBC standards for sustainable
 design and construction. The property has also been designated an ENERGY
 STAR(R)-labeled home by CSG, a non-profit group that provides certification
 services for both the LEED for Homes and the Environmental Protection
 Agency (EPA)'s ENERGY STAR Homes programs in the Northeast. Cambridge,
 Mass.-based Aedi Development LLC is the developer of 53 Standish Street.
 Aedi Construction LLC, the general contractor, received both certificates.
     LEED for Homes is a USGBC "green" homes pilot program that evaluates
 the environmental features of single and multi-family homes by regional,
 third party providers designated by the USGBC. In Massachusetts, there are
 27 LEED- certified residential and commercial projects. The Cambridge
 property is the first LEED for Homes project in the state and qualifies as
 the first multi- unit LEED-certified home in the country. (A multi-unit
 property has up to four units.)
     "53 Standish Street is to be commended for its LEED certification,"
 said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC. He
 continued, "The project represents leadership in the green housing market
 and will serve as an example to the community for building
 environmentally-sound homes."
     Located less than two miles from Harvard Square in Huron Village, 53
 Standish St. is within walking distance of public transportation, shops and
 other conveniences. The building comprises three, two-bedroom units that
 have low-e argon windows, high efficiency lighting fixtures, compact
 fluorescent bulbs and high density, recycled cellulose insulation. Other
 energy efficiency upgrades include instantaneous water heaters,
 programmable thermostats, high efficiency gas furnaces and air
 conditioners, as well as mechanical ventilation. Necessary wiring for solar
 panels on the roof has also been installed and approved for future use. Low
 VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, recycled fiber carpet, bamboo
 flooring and 90 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainably
 harvested wood content moldings have been used throughout the building. As
 a result of incorporating energy saving products and technologies, 53
 Standish St. has achieved a 93.3 Home Energy Rating System score. (Homes
 must achieve a minimum score of 86 - on a 100 point scale -- to be deemed
 "ENERGY STAR" qualified.)
     Aedi began construction of 53 Standish St. in August of 2005. The
 project was completed in February of 2006 and is fully occupied. Tony
 Butler, of AB Architects in Arlington, Mass., designed the homes.
     John Livermore is the residential new construction manager for CSG, the
 region's local provider for the LEEDS for Homes program. He said, "We
 applaud Aedi and AB Architects for designing and building a home that will
 consume fewer resources. We hope that other builders are influenced by the
 team's superior work and strive to achieve the highest level of 'green
 building' success."
     Aedi Construction specializes in "eco- friendly" building and adheres
 to LEED and ENERGY STAR Homes standards for its residential and commercial
 clients. For more information, visit http://www.aediconstruction.com.) The
 ENERGY STAR Homes program is a nationally recognized new construction
 initiative that meets strict criteria set by the EPA for maximum energy
 efficiency. The program is sponsored regionally by a consortium of
 utilities and energy efficiency service providers including NSTAR (electric
 and gas) in Cambridge. CSG, of Westborough, Mass., is a national energy
 services firm that designs and delivers energy efficiency technologies.
 (Visit http://www.conservationservicesgroup.com and
 http://www.energystarhomes.com for more information.) The USGBC is the
 nation's leading coalition of organizations that promote buildings that are
 environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and
 work. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has been adopted
 nationwide as the industry standard of measurement for "green" building.
 For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org/leed/homes.

SOURCE Conservation Services Group