Large Buildings in Boston go green


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May 02, 2007

Boston plans to amend its building code to require all large-scale private construction be green.

Under the new regulations, all private construction of all 50,000 square feet must meet the minimum criteria of the US Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards for new projects.

The change in Bostons building code means that each project must meet at least 29 of 69 criteria the Green Building Council has established. Developers can choose from the 69 items, which include construction with recycled content, water-efficient landscaping systems and proximity to public transportation. The city is adding another four criteria, including one that would pertain to a project involving historic preservation.

Boston is growing, and this amendment helps us grow our sustainable green buildings, which are good for public health and air quality, said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who started the initiative two years ago. Were doing what we should be doing, moving toward better environmental quality. Were thinking about the future.

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ICLEI.org Aug 31, 2007 at 12:57 PM
Boston, MA