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LEED Case Study: Harvard Ed Portal – HPAC

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Harvard Ed Portal - HPAC
Harvard Ed Portal. Exterior. (Photo/Stew Milne)

LEED Rating System:LEED for Commercial Interiors
LEED Rating Version:3.0
Certification Level:Silver
Month Completed:December
Year Completed:2016
Client (School/Department):MISC

Project Highlights

  • 31% reduction in water use below code maximum.
  • 88% of the eligible equipment and appliances by rated power are ENERGY STAR certified.
  • 22% of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials.
  • 29% reduction in lighting power density.
  • 60% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • 100% of the project’s adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings are low-emitting.

Project Summary

The Harvard Ed Portal project is a 10,923 square foot renovation of an existing warehouse space in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The existing space was built in 1975. The renovation was an opportunity to install efficient and effective multi-purpose space, climate control, lighting, acoustics, architectural finishes, daylighting control, audio and visual equipment, and appropriate layouts/furnishings per space type. In setting the sustainability goals to guide the project’s design and operation, the project team utilized the Harvard University Green Building Standards the LEED‐CI v2009 Certification requirements. The main sustainability goals for the project include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maximize HVAC equipment efficiencies
  • Minimize the energy demand by choosing high efficiency lighting options and incorporating daylighting.
  • Select products that report ingredients, have life-cycle reporting, and have been responsibly sourced. 
  • Reduce water use by purchasing WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures.
  • Increase the thermal and acoustic performance of the building envelop.
  • Purchase Energy Star rated equipment.

The project achieved LEED-CI v3 Silver certification in December 2016.