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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Large buildings in Boston go green

May 03, 2007

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

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

The change in Boston’s 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. “We’re doing what we should be doing, moving toward better environmental quality. We’re thinking about the future.”

Buildings are high energy users Efficient ways to distribute energy and heat, and other strategies can produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Boston is one of 135 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source: “Boston plans to go ‘green’ on large building projects”, New York Times, 20 December 2006.