Green Building






At the New England Wildlife Center being green means making conscious, deliberate and effective actions to reduce our impact on the natural world.

The Center used green design and construction and maintains our building with green processes.  Some are rudimentary and some are sophisticated.  Open windows, streaming sunlight, a room-by-room computerized heating and cooling system, and an ancient Algonquin longhouse, which houses a state-of-the-art video-casting theater , all work together to create a sustainable green facility.

This building, the Thomas E. Curtis Wildlife Hospital and Education Center, was conceived and built by the Center in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards at a time when there were only forty-two LEED buildings in the world. We are the first Wildlife Hospital and Education Center built to green LEED specifications in the nation. LEED is the industry’s most accepted standard for evaluating sustainability in building construction and design.

LEED Highlights:

Sustainable Sites

  • Encouraging use of alternate transportation. Bike racks, showers, providing bikes for intern usage to connect to public transportation, car pool parking
  • Design site bioswales, filter walkways, using pervious pavement (gravel) to allow drainage to collect into our rain garden and slowly filter back into the wet land and minimize the heat island effect.
  • Construct building using strict site disturbance limits 40″ building & 5″ from parking and utilities.
  • Site the building so that most of our 12.9 acres site is used for passive recreation like animal habitat and hiking trails.

Water Efficiency

  • Low  flow and automated fixtures
  • Landscaping that is native and naturalized to not require irrigation

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Using building modeling during design, the building is designed to be 40% more energy efficient that a standard building this is a result of energy efficient building envelope-SIPS Panels with an R value of 38 (structural insulated panels that are design at the factory and assemble on site) along with Energystar windows.
  • This building used Advance-building commissioning (SEI Companies). This is to ensure that the building is functioning as design and allow system corrections before occupancy.  This also provides staff the training to continue to operate the building systems in the most energy efficient manner.
  • Building uses a computerized energy management system that allows us to maximize efficacies but using programmed set points for heating and cooling. The HVAC has a ENERGY Recovery Wheel that allows preheating and cooling.
  • Of our building energy needs-5% of our energy is being produced with renewable energy using Building Integrated Photovoltaic that was made possible by MTC (Mass Technology Collaborative). This solar technology integrates the production of energy with the actual building materials (our roof shingles, which are individually wired).  Instead of placing a solar array on our roof, our roofing material itself produces electricity.

Materials & Resources

Focus of this category is to make materials used in this project are recycled or can be recycled. 85% of all materials during construction were diverted from landfills.  Materials like the carpeting uses recycled materials and will be recycled when replaced.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Strives to Reduce or eliminating toxins in the indoor environment.  Windows in individual offices can be opened to allow fresh air.
  • Day lighting is provided in 90% of the spaces in the building using a center atrium design and  glass in many areas to transfer the light to interior offices.
  • Low Emitted Materials were used.  All materials, paints and adhesives meet standards to provide a healthy environment.  For example flooring material like Marmoreal was used as a vinyl substitute.  Urea Formaldehyde which is used in many composite woods especially plywood has been eliminated in the building substituting wheat stalk in all doors and mill work.


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