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June 1, 2016

Healthcare energy consumption is at all all-time high. The average hospital uses three times the energy of typical commercial building. A study in 2013 demonstrated that healthcare facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy consumption.

June 1, 2016

With green rating systems such as LEED®, challenges such as the AIA 2030 Commitment and by extension, the Target 100 program, as well as advances in energy codes, new buildings are being built with a focus on better use of resources

May 4, 2016

The Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) is a group of employees across each Vanderweil department who meet monthly to identify firm-wide strategies for responsible operation and outreach.

April 17, 2016

It is nearly impossible to walk down a street in Boston or Cambridge today without passing a building that is part of a university campus. These campuses are filled with historic and iconic buildings which express the character and strong history of each institution. While many of these buildings house prominent researchers and professors who push the envelope on new technology research, the systems within many of these the buildings are as historic as the buildings themselves.

February 11, 2016

When most think of solar energy, photovoltaics and solar thermal water heating come to mind. These are technologies that most large-scale projects consider at one point or another and are easily understood by project stakeholders. However, what are the alternative options projects can investigate to cut energy bills and reduce our impact on the environment?

February 10, 2016

Many new buildings are focusing on sustainability with words words like “green” and “eco-friendly” gaining traction with public opinion. We find ourselves often enamored with these marketable, energy efficient new buildings and lose sight of the aging buildings that exist all around us.

January 25, 2016

With the opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville earlier this summer, casino gambling is officially finally here and will now only continue to grow.  With the Wynn and MGM projects moving forward and now the Mashpee Wampanoag project as well, there will certainly be impacts coming to the construction community in what is already a very busy time for all those in the middle of the construction boom. 

January 1, 2016

As we close out 2015 and open up ourselves to a 'fresh' start for 2016, it's a great time to reflect on where we are as A/E/C professionals in the context of sustainability. Clearly, we're well past the 'freshness' and learning curve on LEED® checklists and the use of colorful rosettes to support a project's sustainability goals; but at the same time are we honestly making the progress that is needed?