Green Buildings and Infrastructure Energy Efficiency

LBE is working to ensure new buildings meet high performance standards, and reducing overall energy consumption at state-owned and leased buildings and non-building infrastructure such as tunnels, dams, and subway operations.

Under Executive Order EO 484, all state construction must meet the Massachusetts LEED Plus Standard, which requires 20% better energy performance than the state building energy code.

By 2012, nine LBE partners reduced their building energy usage intensity (energy usage per square foot) at least 20% by 2012, and all LBE Partners combined reduced energy usage intensity by 3%. LBE is working towards a 35% reduction by 2020.

LBE Energy Efficiency Initiatives

  • Work with DCAMM, including the DCAMM Energy Team, on clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives that is implementing energy conservation measures at 700 state sites over 700 days as well as future comprehensive, innovative, and cost-effective energy projects.
  • Work with DCAMM on the Commonwealth Building Energy Intelligence (CBEI) program, an advanced energy metering and analytics program to reduce energy consumption and costs at state facilities. Additional energy information is gathered through utility account data collected through DOER’s MassEnergyInsight (MEI) tool that gathers monthly energy use data for thousands of electricity and natural gas accounts.

  • Promote renewable thermal and innovative energy efficient technologies through grant opportunities, technical expertise, and support.
  • Offer resources and technical support for weatherization improvements, conversion to LED light bulbs, computer power management, light motion sensors, and zero net energy buildings, among many others.
  • Increase energy efficiency at non-building state infrastructure such as streetlights, tunnels, dams, and subway operations through project financing and technical expertise.   

LBE Green Building Initiatives

  • Work with DCAMM and other state construction agencies, which have designed and constructed dozens of LEED certified buildings
  • Support for zero net energy buildings (ZNEBs), with two buildings built to this standard and several others at various stages of design and construction
  • Technical assistance tracking energy projects and building performance for LEED buildings, ZNEBs, and other targeted buildings
  • Offer resources and technical support for innovative technologies and strategies

DOER statewide green building efforts include, but are not limited to:

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Countdown to 100 LEED Buildings

The Massachusetts’ LEED Plus standard requires all state buildings larger than 20,000 sq. ft. to achieve LEED certification as well as meet energy performance that is 20% better than the existing Massachusetts energy code. Since the standard was released in 2007, 94 state-owned buildings have received LEED certification, with over 65 percent certified at the highest LEED Gold and Platinum levels.

Certified facilities are diverse as the state government portfolio, ranging from academic labs, hospitals, visitor centers, airport terminals, public safety, and many more. These LEED certified buildings are a key piece to increasing energy efficiency and reducing both energy costs and related emissions at state government facilities. 

To acknowledge this leadership in design and construction, LBE will be highlighting the portfolio’s most recently certified buildings as we approach the hallmark achievement of 100 LEED-certifications in the state portfolio. This approaching milestone could not be achieved without the dedicated work of the LBE partners that oversee construction, including the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), UMass Building Authority (UMBA), Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), MassDOT, and MassPort. 

Download the 1-pagers featuring the recently certified LEED buildings below.

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