Sustainable Buildings 'LEED' the Way

Posted by Diana Van Etten on December 3, 2021

In Boston, and in cities around the world, governments and industries are imposing new deadlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26 Glasgow summit) brought parties together from across the globe to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Recently elected Mayor Michelle Wu has pledged Boston will be a Green New Deal city, and on December 1st she signed her first bill to divest city funds from fossil fuel industries by 2025.  Boston's newly enacted Building Energy Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) now requires buildings spanning more than 20,000 SF to begin cutting their emissions by 2025 and to reduce them to Net Zero by 2050.  

The built environment is responsible for 40% of carbon emissions globally, and the real estate sector is central to achieving global decarbonization.

In Boston, buildings account for more than 2/3 of emissions, and we are on the brink of big changes that will be necessary to reach carbon neutrality.  Nearly every building will need to undergo retrofits to holistically and dramatically reduce energy consumption, and investment decisions for new CRE development are increasingly based on sustainability performance. Net Zero is the new North Star.  

These Boston developers and projects are leading the way with LEED, Passive House Institute, International WELL Being Institute (IWBI), and WiredScore certified buildings: 

Procopio CompaniesCaldwell Lynn is the largest LEED Platinum-certified multifamily project in New England. 

MP BostonWinthrop Center will be the largest Passive House Institute-certified office building in the world.

Greystar and CPP Investments | 74 M - 74 Middlesex Avenue Assembly Square is expected to achieve LEED Platinum and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

WS Development | 400 Summer StreetSeaport Square Parcel P plans to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Toll Brothers| The Laurent - 55 Wheeler Street is designed to meet LEED Gold certifiable standards.

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