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New England Environmental

Kuhn Riddle Architects, Inc.
Amherst, MA

LEED-NC Version 2.2

January 2012
Courtesy Kuhn Riddle Architects



Structural system ParaLam by Truss Joist MacMillan Corp; Truss Engineering Corporation ( FSC-certified floor truss joists); Truss Engineering Corporation (FSC-certified roof trusses)

Exterior cladding James Hardie (Fiber-cement products)

Concrete Graves Concrete

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Gross area: 14,758  ft2

Date completed: February 2010

Profile: The 2-story, wood frame office building houses the environmental consulting firm New England Environmental, Inc. Interior finishes feature exposed parallel-strand wood columns and beams, bamboo flooring and cabinets, and no-VOC products. The landscape design is ideal for the cold weather climate, and includes native plantings, edible landscaping, rain gardens, bio-swales, step pools, bio-retention wetland, porous asphalt paving, and concrete grass pavers.

Energy-saving innovation: A 40 KW photovoltaic array on the roof and a pole mounted PV array in the parking area generate enough electricity for most of the building. The office, which is designed to be 62.8 percent more energy efficient than a base case building design, features 12-inch-thick walls. All lights have sensors and the high efficiency mini-split heating/cooling has individual office controls, providing further energy savings. The building is oriented in a linear east/west direction to maximize solar gain and about 90 percent of interior spaces have daylighting and outside views. All of NEE’s energy purchases are offset by RECs.

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