The Leading by Example Program's "FY07 Greenhouse Gas Inventory of State Agencies" concluded that over 90% of the Massachusetts state government's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were caused by energy consumed at state buildings, costing more than $250 million annually, and resulting in nearly 1.2 million metric tons of GHG emissions. Under Executive Order 484 all new state facility construction and major renovation projects are mandated to be energy and water efficient, conserve resources, and provide healthy and productive spaces for employees, clients, and visitors.
The state has adopted a Massachusetts LEED Plus green building standard that requires energy performance of 20% better than the Massachusetts Energy Code, reducing outdoor water consumption by 50% and indoor water consumption by 20%, and promoting smart growth / smart energy principles.
In March 2009, Governor Patrick's Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force released its recommendations to help Massachusetts commercial and residential sectors move toward zero net energy construction by 2030.
Green Building Information & Resources
- Getting to Zero - Final Report of the Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force file size 5MB
Leading by Example: An Action Plan for Green Building in Massachusetts State Construction Projects file size 1MB
A report including new standards for all new construction and major renovation projects.(October 2006)
- Sustainable Design -- Design for Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency (DCAM)
- Governor Patrick's Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force
- Case Studies:
- Recommendations for Green Programs and Incentives for the City of Lowell Renewable Energy Projects at State Agencies: A step-by-step Guide to Identifying, Planning and Funding Projects
- The Massachusetts Story: The Current State of Sustainable Design at Massachusetts State Agencies and Authorities
- Sustainable Design in Massachusetts: Obstacles and Opportunities file size 1MB
- U.S. Green Building Council and LEED information
This information is provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Leading by Example Program