Phase I: Testing Innovation

With the assistance of the Barr Foundation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), DOER and NEEP worked closely with the cities of Boston and Cambridge to recruit eleven commercial office buildings to participate in Phase I to test a number of new rating methodologies.

ARUP, an independent design and engineering firm, and The Green Engineer, a sustainable design consulting firm, have assessed the energy use of these eleven buildings through traditional routes.

Three teams – The Weidt Group, Retroficiency, and a partnership of The Cadmus Group and First Fuel – will showcase innovative methods. Located in Boston, Cambridge, and Marlborough, the participating buildings represent a broad spectrum of commercial office building types. Dates of construction range from 1871 to 2010; the smallest building is 32,000 square feet and the largest is over one million square feet. The building typologies include downtown office towers, adaptive reuse facilities, and a suburban office complex. Phase I is expected to be complete in Fall 2012.

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Phase II: Demonstration

With funding provided via a competitive grant process from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Phase II will streamline the assessment of buildings using promising methodologies across a wider sample of buildings in the Greater Boston Area and the Merrimack Valley. Building recruitment for Phase II will begin in late 2012.