BA, Colby College, 2006- Environmental Studies
BE, Dartmouth College, 2007- Engineering Sciences
Degree in Progress:
MS Building Systems, 2012 (expected)
Greening the Building Code: An Analysis of Large Project Review under Boston Zoning Code Article 80
Office: Green Building Lab- Holdsworth 110
Mail: 160 Holdsworth Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant
Dr. Simi Hoque, Department of Environmental Conservation
Healey Endowment Grant
University of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Conservation
In 2007, Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston Redevelopment Authority implemented an amendment to the Boston Zoning Code requiring all new construction over 50,000 square feet be designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards. This amendment is intended to promote green building practices in the city and reduce the environmental impacts of large-scale buildings. This amendment does not require that the buildings actually achieve LEED certification, but they need to be LEED certifiable as determined by an interagency review committee and with the endorsement of a LEED Accredited Professional.
This study aims to better understand how environmental goals have been translated into policy and to assess how this policy has affected the building culture in the City of Boston. The Green Buildings amendment was enacted to help curb greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the energy consumption of the building stock and is expected to play a significant role in achieving the City’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25% by the year 2020 and 80% by the year 2050. This is not possible without a shift in the current building and construction paradigm. Through interviews with building professionals we hope to determine whether this building code amendment has influenced various aspects of the building culture including how development teams form and work together, decision-making in regards to energy-efficient strategies, and whether or not those working under the standard of LEED certifiability believe it to be an effective policy.
Updated: November 21, 2011