NSCC - Health and Student Services Building

Leading the way toward a cleaner energy future, the Commonwealth opened the first state-owned zero net energy building, one of the largest of its kind, in the fall of 2011. Over the course of a year, the building will produce as much energy onsite as it consumes. The 58,000-square-feet, three-floor building at the North Shore Community College (NSCC) in Danvers will provide new classrooms, labs, and offices for the campus.

Building Energy Load Comparison

The NSCC building's integrated design consists of a south-facing horizontal design, an enhanced building envelope including R-24 to R-30 walls and R-5 windows; chilled beams to provide air conditioning; LED lighting and occupancy sensors; solar sun shades and light shelves; and natural ventilation. The building will utilize onsite clean energy technologies, including a 50-well geothermal closed-loop system and 340 kW of solar panels on the roof and in the parking lot. Other "green" design features include a green roof, low-flow fixtures, permeable pavement, and native landscaping. The design, efficiencies, and technologies result in an energy demand of only 27 kBtu per square foot per year for the building -- well below a comparable "average" building in this climate, which would require approximately 60 to 80 kBtu/year of energy per square foot.

With utility costs projected at zero, the new super-efficient Health and Student Services Building will benefit the Commonwealth in several ways:

  • Reduce annual grid electricity consumption by approximately 409,000 kWh annually, which will save an estimated $142,000 per year
  • Save roughly $3.5 million in avoided electricity bills over the next 20 years (the approximate life of the PV system), assuming a 3% annual increase in energy prices and other efficiency factors
  • Prevent approximately 4,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the 20-year period, equivalent to eliminating 780 cars from Massachusetts roads or the electricity use of 500 homes

For more information on the building view NSCC’s webpage.


Construction Management:Mass. Division of Capital Asset Management
Architects:Dimella Shaffer
Copley Wolff Design Group (Landscape)
Engineers:RDK engineers (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)
GZA & Alderson Engineering (Geothermal Design)
Buro Happold (Environmental Consultants & Energy Modeling)
Nitsch Engineering (Civil)
Consultants:Putnam Associates (Specifications)
RW Sullivan (Code)
Solar Design Associates (Renewable Energy)
Contractor:Walsh Brothers, Inc.

This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.