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Project Experience: Waterfront Square Green House Gas Emissions Analysis, Massachusetts

The Challenge

The Project is a large mixed-use transit-orientated development with multiple buildings and facilities along with infrastructure improvements, and improvements to the adjacent train station.  The Project was selected under the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND).  The LEED ND program is being developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and incorporates principles in smart growth, new urbanism, and green building.

The Strategy

HMMH qualitatively evaluated potential GHG emissions from a large development Project for compliance with the MEPA GHG regulation by evaluating proposed sustainable design elements.  The purpose of the qualitative analysis was to show in lieu of a qualitative analysis, that implementation of a wide ranging array of sustainable design elements would minimize and mitigate GHG emissions when compared to building to local ordinances and code. 

The Solution

HMMH evaluated a wide array of proposed sustainable design elements for direct sources such as heating and HVAC systems, building energy efficiency, along with indirect sources from traffic generated by the Project. Many of the sustainable design elements were innovative and exceeded local code, thereby intuitively resulting in lower GHG emissions and satisfying the MEPA GHG Policy.