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Building Green, Staying Affordable: Green Building Design, Construction and Operation in Affordable Housing Development

Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Buildings generate 48 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In general, Green Building design and construction and operation is considered a cost effective solution for reducing green house gas emissions and promoting energy-efficiency, but what does it mean to be a “Green Building” and is it a cost effective solution for an affordable housing development project?  Is the conservation of energy and water sufficient to offset the up-front cost of Green Building design and construction? What are the costs and financial benefits of Green Buildings?  Does building Green have structural costs or built-in costs that limit an affordable housing developer’s ability to go Green?  How is a Green Building evaluated and monitored during and after construction to ensure that it is as energy-efficient (or as “Green”) as it was designed to be? What provisions can be inserted into the contracts with architects and contractors to ensure the Green Building outcome intended by the developer or owner?
This Brown Bag will explore some of these questions through a presentation by Jane Carbone, the Senior Project Manager of Homeowners Rehab, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which develops and rehabilitates affordable housing in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has utilized Green Building design, construction and operation in their portfolio of 1,103 units of housing; and Julie Taylor, a partner with Noble & Wickersham LLP in Cambridge Massachusetts, who specializes in design and construction law and in environmental and land use law and has represented architects, urban planners, developers and owners, including Homeowners Rehab., Inc., in design and construction contracts for various development projects.

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Patricia Johnson


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