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Committee on the Environment

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    Free and open to the public

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    Knowledge Community



The Living Building Challenge in Massachusetts: Lessons Learned from Hampshire College

The R.W. Kern Center is the gateway to Hampshire College and demonstrates what is possible for today’s buildings: making its own energy, harvesting its own water and treating its own waste. With super-insulated construction, simple yet efficient building systems, and solar electricity getting ever-closer to grid parity, it shows how net zero energy has become a realistic project goal for new construction even in cold climates. The Living Building Challenge, however, takes this one step further, requiring Net Zero Water systems and eliminating the use of materials with adverse health and environmental impacts. Join us to learn more about the design of Hampshire College’s most recent building, and walk away with strategies that can be employed in your next project!

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

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