PEOPLE: owner, Third Sector New England, Boston; architect, engineer and LEED consultant, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; energy modeling, Hickory Consortium, Harvard, Mass.; owner’s project manager, Pinck & Co., Boston; contractor, Commodore Builders, Newton, Mass.; and commissioning agent, Energy Management Associates, Franklin, Mass.
GREEN POINTS: Third Sector New England, or TSNE, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Boston area’s nonprofit community. TSNE purchased and renovated 42,000 square feet (3902 m2) of the interior of a historic building and earned a LEED for Commercial Interiors Certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., and Energy Star label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington. Many materials used, such as paint, carpet, adhesives and sealants, are low-VOC, and other materials contain a high percentage of recycled content. Existing operable windows, doors and ceiling tiles were reused. Other sustainable features include daylight harvesting, occupancy sensors, a high-efficiency HVAC system and the diversion of 77 percent of construction waste from landfills.