Sustainable Design Policy and Goals

  • Design to minimize life cycle costs, including the use of materials that will maximize durability and longevity.
  • Use resources efficiently by designing buildings that exceed code minimums, including minimizing energy and water use and maximizing use of natural daylight.
  • Use environmentally preferable products, including, (but not limited to) those without toxic ingredients and those which contain recycled content.
  • Create healthy indoor and outdoor environments for building occupants, workers and communities.
  • Minimize adverse impacts that site development may have upon natural and built systems.
  • Make the building adaptable for future inclusion of innovative energy and environmental technologies as they become commercially viable.
  • The Division of Capital Asset Management is implementing Executive Order 484 pdf format of energy_eo484_final.pdf , which provides a policy framework supported by the Massachusetts Sustainable Design Roundtable
  • Sustainable Design Roundtable Report 2006 pdf format of sustainable_design_roundtablerpt_2006.pdf file size 1MB

Sustainable Design Program Features

  • Installing high efficiency HVAC equipment at most Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) managed construction and renovation sites
  • Utilizing energy modeling to optimize HVAC designs
  • Maximizing available utility rebates for high efficiency equipment
  • Specifying recycled content materials in many applications
  • Developing 3rd party commissioning pilot program to ensure that project design criteria for efficiency and indoor environmental quality are achieved
  • Implementing staff training program
  • Conducting Life Cycle Analysis on all major building projects
  • Recommend LEED-certification as design requirement