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 , which provides a policy framework supported by the Massachusetts Sustainable Design Roundtable
- Sustainable Design Roundtable Report 2006 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