New LEED Certification: Frost Terrace

Frost Terrace has achieved LEED certification!

Frost Terrace, located at 1791 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, was recently certified LEED Gold (v4 – Multifamily Midrise). Part of Frost Terrace’s LEED success is its alignment of sustainable design strategies with principles of affordable housing—lowering utility costs, conserving resources, prioritizing mobility (bikes and transit), and creating healthy living environments for residents. The project includes re-used existing buildings and materials, wood structure and finishes, energy recovery ventilation, efficient electric-driven heat-pump systems, and highly insulated envelopes (new and upgraded).

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.

Congratulations to the project team!

47 Bishop Allen Achieves LEED Gold Certification

47 Bishop Allen Drive has achieved LEED Gold certification from the USGBC!

This Bruner/Cott project replaces an under-utilized parking garage in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA with a four-story residential wood frame building. The building includes 23 rental apartments, consisting of both family and one-bedroom units.

The development is transit-oriented and includes no onsite parking, encouraging its tenants to utilize alternate means of transportation. It does, however, include ample bicycle storage for tenants. Other sustainable elements include 100% efficient lighting, ENERGY STAR certified appliances, WaterSense labeled products, and individual fresh air ventilation systems in each apartment. The apartments are projected to use 30% less energy than standard new homes.