We adopted the U.S. Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Guidelines to help us create an energy-efficient, low-impact building that enhances the landscape and employs green construction techniques. The Doyle Conservation Center has been registered for gold standard certification in the LEED program.
A grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Renewable Energy Trust provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate the importance and practicality of sustainable design. Photovoltaic panels, high-efficiency lighting and controls, a displacement ventilation system, high performance windows, a high performance building envelope, geothermal wells and carbon dioxide monitoring systems are all part of the building's sustainable design.
From top to bottom, the Doyle Center is a case study for green construction. Learn more about the building's sustainable features from these educational posters (PDF): green on the inside, what lies beneath, and life at the top, or view the architect's presentation (PowerPoint, 2MB).
Desks from sunflower seeds, bamboo and cork flooring, recycled fiber carpet and paneling, and “zero waste” solid surfaces are some of the sustainable and rapidly renewable products used in the Doyle Center.