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Boston & New England   /   April 23, 2020

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

Boston Issues Guidebook on Zero Emissions Buildings

The City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) has released the first-ever guidebook for Zero Emissions Buildings (ZEBs) in support of Mayor Martin Walsh’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality in Boston by 2050.

The guidebook was created in consultation with architectural, engineering and construction experts from Placetailor, Elton Hampton Architects, Thornton Tomasetti and Bensonwood, as well as city agencies. DND intends for this document to set the groundwork for the zero-carbon affordable housing design standards.

The guidebook for ZEBs analyzes best practices and provides recommendations on the type of systems and assemblies that reduce energy use and eliminate carbon emissions in residential buildings that are typically part of DND’s portfolio.

The guidebook incorporates cost data from Zero Net Energy and Passive House projects completed by Placetailor and Thornton Tomasetti in New England. The findings show there is little-to-no cost increase for building to ZEB standards.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism.
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