Letter to Editor, of the Standard Times: Leaders Educators & Innovators
By: Kathryn Duff, RA CPHC
Director, studio2sustain inc
Co-Chair, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Board of Directors

8 May 2017

The Standard Times recently featured an article about the partnership between the Lloyd Center for the Environment (LCE) and the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNB-VOC) relative to the construction of the LCE Welcome Center, and the pursuit of a “Living Building Challenge” certification. As the Architect of this project I wanted to highlight both the Lloyd Center and GNBVOC, in particular the extraordinary leadership by both organizations, resulting in exceptional educational opportunities for students.

The LCE is pursuing a “Living Building Challenge” (LBC) certification on this project – the first in Southeastern, MA, and among very few worldwide. An LBC certification is considered the most rigorous environmental achievement for buildings; there are only twelve fully certified buildings worldwide. It is an honor to work with LCE Executive Director Rachel Stronach and her team on this impactful, rigorous and visionary project, and with GNB-VOC Superintendent James O’Brien and his team, including students.


GNB Voc-Tech teams up with Lloyd Center for Living Building Challenge

South Coast Today / Wesley Sykes / April 27, 2017

NEW BEDFORD — Students from Greater New Bedford Regional-Technical High School, in collaboration with Studio2Sustain, will be faced with a unique challenge when it comes to designing the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s new welcome center.

The building project is designed to pursue the rigorous green building standards of the “Living Building Challenge” (LBC) certification of the International Living Future Institute. The goal is that when completed, the 960-square-foot building will become one of a handful of LBC buildings in the world.


Happy Earth Day!

By Nick Noyes, Shavon Prophet

As an industry, green building is on pace to double every three years in large part due to the growing adoption of green building standards such as LEED, Living Building Challenge and Well. This year’s Earth Day campaign theme is “Environmental & Climate Literacy,” and Integrated Eco Strategy is on the case to shatter a myth or two in the interest of improving understanding of how choosing healthy building materials benefit not only our environment, but can contribute immensely to the well-being of people. (more…)

One of our Healthy Building Materials Specialists wrote this piece to answer the question. Here is a description of material vetting work – a knight’s tale if you will:

In a field that is constantly changing, no two correspondences are the same. There are a host of factors that influence the vetting process. Manufacturers’ familiarity with Living Building Challenge (LBC) requirements, their level of skepticism towards green building, and the stringency of proprietary confidentiality are just a few of the aspects that color a vetter’s interaction with the maker of a potential LBC product, not to mention the fact that an individual’s workload dictates where on a priority list filling out a never-before-seen Integrated Eco Strategy disclosure form falls. (more…)

Our first LBC project, The Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College, has achieved Petal Certification.

The project successfully completed 3 audits and proved Net Zero water for 12 months. This project achieved certification in these six petals: site, water, materials, equity, beauty & health.

We couldn’t be more proud to have been the LBC consultant on the project. Congratulations Team!

Meet Matt Root. He will be our Boston based project manager.

Matt Root. Senior Project Manager.

Matt comes to IES from CLEAResult, an Austin, Texas-based energy efficiency consulting firm, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical engineers, building-enclosure experts and building scientists. His experience includes serving as a Home Energy Rating System rater and then as a LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee.

Welcome, Matt.

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