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UUA's New Headquarters Awarded LEED Platinum

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Boston, MAThe Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for its new headquarters located at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston’s Innovation District.

“The LEED Platinum certification for our new office space is an acknowledgement of the tremendous importance we placed on creating a green workplace in accordance with the values of Unitarian Universalism. We hope our efforts will be a model that other organizations and architects will follow,” said the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA.

LEED certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, is recognized across the country as the premier mark of achievement in green building. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.

To create a green workspace, the UUA enlisted one of the nation’s foremost experts on sustainable building, Jean Carroon of Goody Clancy.

“Environmental sustainability played a major role in all of our design decisions, and we are very pleased with the final result which is a beautiful, inviting, and sustainable work space for staff and visitors,” said Jean Carroon, principal of design, preservation, and sustainability at Goody Clancy and a LEED fellow.

Some of the sustainable practices that were implemented in the design and operation of 24 Farnsworth Street include:

  • Renovating an existing building resulting in a significant reduction in the need for virgin materials, embodied energy, and environmental pollution.
  • Over 35% of the materials and furnishings installed contain recycled content.
  • Over 20% of the materials and furnishings installed were manufactured within 500 miles of Boston.
  • The use of energy-efficient light fixtures and a carefully designed lighting plan to reduce ongoing energy consumption for lighting by nearly 40%.
  • Over 90% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill by incorporating material recycling strategies.

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Goody Clancy provides a project overview including pictures of the UUA's headquarters.

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