Massachusetts College Gets Net Zero Building

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has gained its first state-owned net zero energy building, North Shore Community College’s Health Professions & Student Services Building in Danvers. The facility has not only earned LEED Gold, but produces as much energy over the course of a year as it consumes.

The new building — which Boston.com reports was constructed at a cost of $31 million — achieves this goal via a combination of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies, including natural ventilation, lighting, a green roof, passive solar orientation, chilled beams, geothermal heating and cooling and solar power. Following the protocol established by so many green schools across the country, North Shore will incorporate the building’s green design and energy efficiency components into a course curriculum designed to engage students in the principles of sustainability.

North Shore Community College net zero building

image via North Shore Community College

The college broke ground on the 58,000-square-foot Health Professions & Student Services Building in November of 2009 and completed construction just recently. The building consolidates all of the college’s health programs as well as student and administrative support services; its three stories are home to five general academic instruction spaces, as well as nursing; physical and occupational therapy; radiology, respiratory and surgical care; and animal sciences classrooms.

More information on each of the new building’s main green features, as well as the facility itself, is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.