Berkshire Eagle: "High Performance Buildings Initiative"

Edith Shi | Mar 20, 2010

Berkshire Eagle: "High Performance Buildings Initiative." March 20, 2010.

Ten additional projects received part of the $16.5 million in federal stimulus funds distributed through the state's High Performance Buildings Initiative. They are:

  • $1.9 million for the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, which will be used toward a complete building "Deep Energy Retrofit" including a heating and cooling plan that requires little to no use of mechanical support.

  • $550,000 for the Lawrence CommunityWorks in Lawrence, which plans to convert a complex of old mill buildings into a dynamic urban neighborhood. The buildings addressed in this award will be treated with a Deep Energy Retrofit, including insulation, high-efficiency windows, and aggressive air sealing.

  • $500,000 for the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, which will partner with Nexamp Inc. of North Andover to provide Merrimack Valley's businesses and industries with turnkey energy efficiency solutions.

  • $4.4 million for Castle Square Tenant's Organization in Boston, for "Deep Energy Retrofits" at an existing mid-rise 192-unit building in the apartment complex, which include wrapping the entire building in super-insulating panels, high-efficiency windows, aggressive air sealing, high efficiency lighting and appliances and mechanical system improvements.

  • $1.4 million for the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, which will Salem: Hawthorne Hotel: $1.4 million use energy efficiency measures such as re-lamping and a high-efficiency distribution system for hot water and change over its natural gas heat to geothermal heating and cooling.

  • $250,000 for the statewide Mass Energy Consumer's Alliance program, to increase general enrollment in utility-run rebate programs and other existing energy efficiency programs.

  • $1.7 million for the statewide Massachusetts Oil Heat Energy Consortium, which will provide services and rebates for inefficient oil boilers and heaters owned by moderate income families ineligible for low-income fuel subsidies.

  • $3.2 million for Sandri Companies in Franklin and Hampshire counties, which will undertake a high-impact oil heat program to shift oil heat users to wood pellet boilers, including Greenfield Community College and the Greenfield Fire Station.

  • $900,000 for the Center for Ecological Technology for a 100-year-old warehouse in Springfield, which will undergo a Deep Energy Retrofit consisting of aggressive treatment and insulation of the building envelope, air-to-air heat pumps and target small and high-efficiency systems. The renovated warehouse will house a ReStore Center.

  • $650,000 for the Architectural Heritage Foundation in partnership with Historic New England and the Trustees of Reservations, will complete Deep Energy Retrofits at three historic properties: The Lyman Estate in Waltham, the Bullit Reservation in Conway/Ashfield, and the Appleton Farms Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Ipswich.

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