While today may be Earth Day, Boston is a city that is green all year round. As one of the first cities in the nation to require a green building standard through municipal zoning requirements, all large-scale projects now meet certain LEED certification standards.
These buildings represent the ‘best-in-class building strategies and practices’ throughout the city through the green building certification program. There are currently just over 400 LEED certified projects and buildings in Boston, including, office, residential and retail buildings.
The historic 311 Summer building in the Seaport District is one of the most notable office buildings to receive LEED Platinum Commercial Interiors status within Boston.
With its sustainable interior redesign, use of green materials, high percentage of recycled waste throughout construction and decreased energy consumption, it was able to earn the highest ranking on the LEED scale.
There are 43 other buildings in the Boston area with a platinum level certification. The innovative manner in which this project, as well as others within Boston, are being completed has allowed the city to remain energy and environmentally conscious.
The LEED scorecards are ranked based on: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, material & resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation. Although Earth Day may be one day, Boston’s buildings are honoring the environment all year.Tags: 311 Summer, eco-friendly, Fort Point, Green buildings, LEED Certification, office space