Press & Media

R.W. Kern Center is named one of the 10 most sustainable projects of 2017 by AIA!

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named the Kern Center at Hampshire College a winners of its Committee on the Environment (COTE) 2017 Top Ten Awards. This award honors buildings that “highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance.” For this project Integrated Eco Strategy worked closely with the architect (Bruner/Cott & Assoiates) and the builder (Wright Builders) to select the healthiest building materials the market offers per Living Building Challenge requirements. Congratulations team!

Read the AIA announcement here.

“Buildings Can Give More Than They Take”

High-performance construction products manufacturer Prosoco, explains the significance of helping create a Living Building the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. IES managed all imperatives of the Materials Petals for this building, which is open and currently in its performance period.

“A Building Should Be Part of the Ecosystem”

Our very own Charley Stevenson makes an appearance in this video made by Williams College about creating a Living Building. 

Continuing Education: Water Conservation

Architectural Record / March 1, 2017 / Joann Gonchar

Some regions seem especially receptive to the LBC and its water-conservation imperative. In Western Massachusetts, there are four completed projects pursuing certification or already certified: Smith College’s off-campus Bechtel Environmental Classroom, in West Whately; the Class of 1966 Environmental Center, at Williams College in Williamstown; and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and the R.W. Kern Center, both on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst. Each building benefited from the regulatory successes of the previous project. “By the third one, the permitting process was almost routine,” says Christopher Chamberland, a civil engineer with the Northampton, Massachusetts–based Berkshire Design Group, which has been involved in some aspect of the water systems of all the area’s projects.

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From Red List to READYLIST

Building Energy / Spring 2017 / Jonathan A. Wright

“Fundamentally, the vetting process is a continuous, three-way collaboration between architect, construction manager and materials consultant. Early on, I asked Charley Stevenson of Integrated Eco Strategy, who would actually be accountable for securing materials documentation, and he said we would collaborate. Hmmm. Who, and how, exactly? The process evolved through months of weekly calls, hot lists and dead ends. Together with Kern Center architects Bruner/Cott and the Hitchcock Center’s DesignLab, we all lent significant effort and creativity to the process. Charley was so right – everyone has to get under the weight of it to avoid wasting time and resources.”

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New solar-powered Massachusetts College Center is as Green as a Building Can Be

Inhabitat / September 2, 2016 / Lacy Cooke

According to Bruner/Cott, all the building materials are “Red List compliant” and they avoided products containing toxic chemicals. The building materials aren’t the only green aspects of the Kern Center. A rainwater harvesting system allows for net-zero water, and the roof is decked out with large solar arrays.

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Tour of Hampshire College’s ‘Living’ Building

MASS Live / April 15, 2016 / Dave Roback

Hampshire designed the building with the goal of becoming only the ninth building worldwide certified under the most advanced green building standard, the Living Building Challenge (LBC). The standard aims to break society’s dependence on environmentally harmful practices, to protect not only the environment but also the workers who make the building materials, the tradespeople who install them, and the people who use the building. It aims to compel improvements in the building and construction sector.

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Living Building Challenge takes LEED Critera, Goal to Higher Level

Berkshire Trade & Commerce / July 2015 / John Townes

Greener Than Green: The Class of 1966 Environmental Center is working to meet the Living Building Challenge

Williams Magazine / Summer 2015

“In fact, it’s possible Williams won’t meet the standards initially. “LBC is a learning process as much as it’s about living within our means,” says Mike Evans, assistant director of the Zilkha Center. “There are risks involved, but we’ll learn from our mistakes, make adjustments and, if need be, start the clock again.”

It’s a risk worth taking, says Charley Stevenson ’93, who, as principal of the Williamstown consulting firm Integrated Eco Strategy, worked closely with the college and Black River Design Architects on the project and was named a 2015 Living Building Challenge Hero in April. “I think it’s really important from a leadership perspective,” he says. “What Williams does, other institutions take note of.””

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