Energy Specialists Complete Blower Door Tests at Smith College Residences

By Kelsey Colpitts, Marketing EcoFellow

Mark Newey and Miira Gates, Energy Specialists from the Center for EcoTechnology’s New Construction team, recently completed blower door tests for LEED-registered residences currently under construction at Smith College. The Smith Residential Buildingsresidences, designed by Olson Kungdig Architects and built by Western Builders, are composed of 5 buildings at the end of Paradise Road in Northampton, MA and will be available to 80 undergraduate students upon completion. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification awarded to sustainable, resource efficient buildings and incorporates four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The process for this particular residential project began about two years ago, and is expected to reach a LEED Gold for Homes certification. Blower door testing measures the air tightness of buildings and is a requirement of Massachusetts stretch energy codes and LEED ratings.

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Mark Newey Recognized at Green Giants Awards Event

By Kelsey Colpitts, Marketing EcoFellow

Mark Newey, CET’s Green Building Science Specialist, was recognized at the West Branch Biannual Green Giants Annual Meeting 12295465_10154137350365329_3661705301422356344_nand Awards Dinner on December 1st , winning the award in the Trades Person category. Jamie Callan, an Energy Analyst for CET’s New Construction Department, also received a nomination for the Green Giant Award. This event, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the western Massachusetts AIA, is sponsored by the US Green Building Council Massachusetts and PeoplesBank. It is intended to “honor the work of trades people, educators, owners, and program directors who help build, teach about, envision and fund green buildings in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.” According to the official USGBC webpage, this award is unique from other building awards because it honors a wider range of participants in the sustainable building industry of New England. 

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Center for EcoTechnology Helping Veterans Go Green

November 6, 2015


Peggy MacLeod (Primary)

Emily Gaylord, Marketing Manager (Secondary)

With Veterans Day right around the corner, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) is proud to have been consistently involved with several projects around the Pioneer Valley to support local veterans. CET’s New Construction team has been working with contractors to perform Home Energy Ratings and LEED inspection services on these projects to improve energy efficiency and lower costs.   

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