CSG Certifies First Mass. Home to Meet Sustainable Design Criteria
Nov. 24, 2006 Conservation Services Group, a Westborough nonprofit that designs and delivers energy efficiency and renewable energy services, has teamed with the U.S. Green Building Council to certify a Cambridge property as the first home in Massachusetts to meet stringent energy conservation standards.
Located at 53 Standish St., the fully occupied building is the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) home project in Massachusetts and the first multi-unit building in the country that meets the USGBC standards for sustainable design and construction.
Conservation Services Group
(CSG) has also designated the property as an ENERGY STAR-labeled home, through the certification services it provides for both the LEED for Homes and the Environmental Protection Agencys ENERGY STAR Homes programs in the Northeast. The ENERGY STAR Homes program is a nationally recognized new construction initiative that meets strict criteria set by the EPA for maximum energy efficiency.
Located less than two miles from Harvard Square in Huron Village, the house comprises three, two-bedroom units that have low-e argon windows, high efficiency lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, and high density, recycled cellulose insulation.
Other energy efficiency upgrades include instantaneous water heaters, programmable thermostats, high efficiency gas furnaces and air conditioners, as well as mechanical ventilation. Necessary wiring for solar panels on the roof has also been installed and approved for future use. Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, recycled fiber carpet, bamboo flooring, and 90 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainably harvested wood content moldings have been used throughout the building.