Integrated Eco Strategy Relocates, Expands Workforce and Launches Database Program (Our Press Release)

NORTH ADAMS, MA—As anyone with a seven-year-old will tell you, that age is an important milestone. Integrated Eco Strategy, a North Adams-based consulting firm is now seven, and hitting many significant markers of its own—including a relocation of the company’s main office to accommodate the most rapid growth in the company’s history, launch of a unique healthy materials database and certification as a “Just” organization.

Founded in 2010 to provide client-focused, high-value green building services, Integrated Eco Strategy recently moved from Williamstown into a new headquarters at 85 Main St. The larger facility was needed to accommodate more than a dozen new employees, including a Boston region senior project manager. The staff has grown in response to new and ongoing projects, and an expansion of the firm’s Northeast presence.

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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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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…)