Boston Home to Energy Projects

There is a no shortage of energy efficiency projects in the Boston area.

Today, Fairbanks Energy Services said that it has completed work on more than 20 projects for the Massachusetts General Hospital system. The press release says that the overall initiative included 22 LED lighting and advanced control installations on the main campus and in other facilities in metro Boston.

The LEDs and ancillary equipment was installed in hallways, common areas, warehouses, building entrances, exterior areas, labs, administration offices and cafeterias and cafes. Fairbanks used rebates of $727,000 from Eversource and National Grid.

The most recent work was at the Yawkey Building, where 890 fluorescent fixtures were replaced. The project resulted in an annual energy reduction of 445,000 kWh.

Late last month, Boston University’s website that the BU School of Law has been awarded LEED gold status by the US Green Building Council. The 269,000-square foot building was completed in 2014 and the Law Tower two years later. The LEED award was for upgrading the efficiency of the tower rather than leveling it and starting over:

The architects managed to make the tower significantly more efficient, replacing windows with new, thermally insulated units and adding insulating panels to floors, ceilings, and perimeter walls. They also replaced the building’s heating and cooling systems with energy-efficient “chilled beams” that contain circulating water.

The story says the project earned all 68 points that it attempted to get. The Gold rating means is the second highest. Platinum, which requires 80 points, is the highest.

Finally, a story posted yesterday at Facility Executive said that a project recently was completed at the historical Harvard Memorial Church in Harvard Yard in Cambridge. The work was performed by the JM Electrical Company. The company and an unnamed second company on work on the HVAC system of the church, which include a wireless control system.

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