Boston, or more accurately, Brighton, is home to one of most energy efficient buildings in the world! The 250,000 square foot New Balance HQ on Guest Street is one of only a few LEED Platinum certified buildings in Massachusetts. It was the first building in the US to achieve every possible indoor environmental quality credits.
LEED Platinum certification examines certain areas including: energy efficient design, water use reduction, sustainable site selection and development, responsible materials selection and waste management, and enhanced indoor environmental quality. New Balance HQ was statistically superior to many other similar buildings.
- 26% annual energy cost savings when compared to a code-compliant building.
- 35% reduction in water consumption of plumbing fixtures when compared to a code-compliant building.
- 76% waste diversion during construction
- 86% reduction in site runoff post-development when compared to pre-development.
- 28% of material used in construction derived from recycled content.
- 74% of material used in construction derived from a regional source.
- 100% of wood used in construction was Forest Stewardship Council certified.
- 30% higher ventilation rate when compared to a code-compliant building.
Based on these statistics it is clear that not only is the ownership devoted to LEED certification, but so were the contractors who achieved it.
Best of all, it was built by many of our SMACNA members!