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BRA Releases RFP for Energy Positive (E+) Green Residential Buildings

Mar 11, 2011

The Mayor’s Energy Positive (E+) Green Building Demonstration Program seeks to advance industry practice and public awareness of energy efficient green buildings and to construct high performance 1 to 4 unit residential green building prototypes that can serve as models for future practice.  E+ buildings give energy back to the grid, improve the environment, and promote social equity.  This program is a pilot initiative of the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, Office of Environment & Energy Services, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. In support of this initiative, the BRA is issuing a RFP for the sale and development of energy positive green residential buildings on three City of Boston land parcels:
  • 156 Highland Street, Highland Park, Roxbury neighborhood
  • 61 Marcella Avenue, Highland Park, Roxbury neighborhood
  • 64 Catherine Street, Woodbourne, Jamaica Plain neighborhood
To advance industry practice, this RFP seeks the participation of the very best teams of architects, engineers, builders and developers.  Development proposals must be for individual sites.  A single development team may seek designation for more than one parcel but must submit separate proposals for each site. Sustainability and green building experts Nadav Malin, (President BuildingGreen) and Stefan Behnisch (Behnisch Architekten) will assist the BRA in selecting development teams and Design Innovation awardees. Through the generous support of our sponsors, awards recognizing the best proposed designs and the best built project may be provided:
  • Design Innovation Awards          Up to Four Awards
  • E+ Completed Project Award      $10,000 (One Award)
To expand public awareness of E+ Green Buildings and this program, an exhibit of design submissions, publications, forums and professional discussions may be organized to advance practice and promote green building awareness.  The BRA retains the right to use submissions to this RFP for additional exhibits, publications, web postings, case studies and reports. Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis with regard to green building outcomes, modeled energy performance, urban design, development team expertise and capacity, and development feasibility.
Sponsors NSTAR Electric & Gas US Green Building Council Wainwright Bank National Grid Massachusetts USGBC Chapter Boston Society of Architects
Click here to view the full RFP Summary

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