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E+ Design Winners Announced

Sep 15, 2011

Mayor’s E+ Green Building Program will take Boston‘s housing into the future The Boston Redevelopment Authority has announced the three winners of Mayor Menino’s E+ Green Building Program Design Challenge.  The three development teams will construct Boston’s next generation of ultra-efficient, energy positive, deep green buildings on three city owned parcels in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. “We are taking our green building and renewable energy efforts to the next frontier by creating ultra-efficient housing that generates surplus clean energy,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “We will demonstrate that energy positive green housing can be constructed sustainably and cost-effectively, while enhancing the livability and vitality of Boston’s neighborhoods now and into the future.” Boston has the second greatest number of green buildings in the country and is once again leading the transformation of how city neighborhoods are built, incorporating sustainable design and green building solutions into an urban environment.  This program will spur the creation of three highly energy efficient prototypes that will change residential construction practices across the city, the Commonwealth, and the nation. The teams and their development parcels include: 156 Highland Street, Highland Park, Roxbury neighborhood Developer / Builder: Transformations Zero Energy Homes & Sage Builders Architect: Nickerson Design Services Rendering and Design Board 64 Catherine Street, Woodbourne, Jamaica Plain neighborhood Developer / Contractor: GFC Development Architect: Utile, Inc. Design Board 61 Marcella Avenue, Highland Park, Roxbury neighborhood Developer / Builder: Urbanica Design + Development Architect: Interface Studio Architects Rendering and Design Board In March the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for E+ (energy positive) green residential buildings on three City of Boston parcels.  Eleven teams submitted fourteen proposals in response.  Sustainability and green building experts Nadav Malin, the President of BuildingGreen, and Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten assisted the BRA in reviewing the designs and selecting the teams based on their green building, performance, urban design, and feasibility. The winning teams will continue engineering and planning with construction at the parcels slated to begin in spring 2012 and be completed by fall 2012. All of the submitted designs will be on exhibit at the Boston Architectural College at 320 Newbury Street through September 25. Mayor’s E+ Green Building Program The Mayor’s E+ Green Building Program is challenging leading architects, builders, and developers to work together to design and construct high performance, green, urban homes and to demonstrate the feasibility of regenerative buildings in Boston.  The 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. 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 with support and sponsorship of National Grid, NSTAR, US Green Building Council, USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, Boston Society of Architects, and Boston Architectural College.

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