GZA Participates in Opening of the First State-Owned Zero Net Energy Building

DANVERS AND NORWOOD MA, ISSUED, January 10, 2012… GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a leading environmental and geotechnical consulting firm, recently joined in the celebration of the opening of the first state-owned Zero Net Energy Building (ZNEB), a Health and Student Services Building at North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

The 58,000-square-foot, three-story building provides new classrooms, labs and offices for the campus. A building is classified as a ZNEB if over the course of a year the building will produce as much energy onsite as it consumes. The building includes geothermal wells for heating and cooling, chilled beams and energy recovery ventilation, roof-mounted photovoltaic systems, high-performing HVAC systems, natural day lighting and controls that adjust lights based on daylight. The building is expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification. The Architectural firm of DiMella Shaffer designed the building and selected GZA for the Geothermal Design. Walsh Brothers, Inc served as Contractor on the project.

GZA’s role in the project is presented in the North Shore Community College’s video that describes the building project and can be seen on the college’s website and on YouTube.  In the video David Lamothe, Senior Project Manager at GZA, describes the design of the building’s geothermal heating and cooling system. You may view the video at: http://www.youtube.com/nsccmedia#p/a/u/1/v1mUNBi9uoc

“We are pleased to celebrate this important milestone with the opening of this new green facility” said William R. Beloff, President and CEO of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. “It is rewarding to participate in energy efficient projects that will serve as a model for future sustainable facilities.”

The efficiency of this building promises to save the Commonwealth several million dollars in reduced energy costs over the next 20 years while preventing several thousand metric tons of carbon emissions over the same time period.