Gone Green?

They say it isn’t easy being green, but it seems to be getting easier every year; building professionals are catching on to the long-term benefits to building “green,” which include energy cost savings and efficiency.

The city of Lowell, an enthusiastic supporter of sustainable building practices wants to salute you for your “green” construction project.

The Green Building Commission is accepting applications for their annual Green Building Excellence award.

The purpose of the program is to recognize construction or significant renovation work in residential or commercial/industrial or nonprofit buildings that demonstrate green and sustainable building practices.

City owned or operated buildings are not eligible.

Award criteria are based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process.

Anyone may nominate a building project within the City of Lowell that has demonstrated best practices in sustainable design and construction.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday January 15, 2013.

Unity Place

Last year the honor was award to the Coalition for a Better Acre’s 23-unit Unity Place Apartment development on Moody Street.

The CBA took a site that had been home to two dilapidated buildings and gave it new, sustainable, life. Green features at Unity Place include: a solar-powered hot water heating system; energy-efficient heating and cooling systems; pervious pavement; high-efficiency windows and lighting and an energy-recovery ventilator that reclaims exhaust heat and tempers incoming air.

For more information about the Green Building Commission, and for a full announcement and application/nomination form, please visit: http://greenbuilding.lowellma.gov/ or call Neighborhood Planner Allegra Williams at 978-674-4252.

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