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Green Building Policy for New Construction in Boston, MA

by Rena Ragimova Dec 31, 2006

The Achievement

In January 2007, Boston became the first city in the nation to implement a green building zoning code for all large private projects, mandating adherence with standards identified within the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The new code requires that all major construction projects exceeding 50,000 square feet meet the qualifications of basic LEED Certification by earning 26 out of 60 points required under the LEED-New Construction (NC) guidelines.

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