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  • Monday, September 26, 2022 3:20 PM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    The NH Chapter of the USGBC recently toured the Goel Center for Theater and Dance at the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.  The 63,130 square foot building won the NH Chapter’s 2021 Building of the Year Award for having the highest number of LEED points.  The building received 60 points and is certified LEED Gold.

    The building has multiple theater stages, dance studios, scene shop and classrooms to support the school’s performing arts programs.  The exterior of the building has a minimalist design with limited strategically located windows (at the end of corridors, for example), front entrance and southwest corner.  Although few, the windows provide a connection to nature and provide natural light.  At night, the murals inside the building create a warming light through the windows that invites students to the building.  Since this is a theatre building, acoustics were important to the students and event attendees.  Acoustical ceiling and wall panels were used throughout the reception area and corridors to help control the sound.

    The energy efficient building utilizes a geothermal heat pump system and LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.  Lighting controls allow students and staff the ability to adjust light levels based on activities.  Stormwater runoff is captured in the nearby rain garden which also provides greenery for the outdoor space.  Custom bike racks are located close to the front and back entrances to promote alternative transportation.  The project also transformed the street adjacent to the building for pedestrian use and connecting the Center with the academic campus and athletic facilities.


  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 11:00 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    Written By: Laura Samoisette, High Performance Buildings Project Manager at Resilient Buildings Group

    The November 12th the Public Utility Commission (PUC) order has caused a string of confusion amongst those who are in the NHSaves pipeline. The drastic cut of 40-60% of the NHSaves budget proposed in the PUC order would have been catastrophic to the NH energy efficiency industry and a stomp on all progress made to date. In November 2020 the NH Public Utility Commission rejected the 2021-2023 three-year energy efficiency plan to boost energy efficiency rebates and incentives for homeowners and businesses. In addition, commercial and industrial customers in particular were facing a Systems Benefit Charge of 168% under the PUC order. Many of us fought long and hard to keep the budgets up in the interest of the people. The problem is now (mostly) resolved, with HB549 being signed to law about a month ago. We in the energy efficiency industry are relieved, as it means we still have jobs identifying projects and facilitating their incentives. However, I’ve found that many clients today are questioning why their energy efficiency awards are less than what they were expecting.

    The current NHSaves program budget is set to 2020 levels with the signing of HB549 instead of what many were expecting to be a notably higher 2022 rate. We have essentially taken a step backwards in the budget available to assist project owner’s and their teams. We are now seeing the 2022 close-out of several projects started in 2021, whose owners are expecting the incentives rates that were set when they engaged their projects, or even higher assumed 2022 levels. These projects are receiving adjusted incentives rates because currently the 2020 rates are in effect.

     

    Let’s be clear, energy efficiency incentives are never guaranteed until you sign an acceptance letter. Registering or engaging your project with your utility provider does not ensure that you will receive all the incentives you are filling out paperwork for. There are many reasons for this: your initial assessment may be inaccurate, the year you are filing in may lapse and budgets for the program are typically adjusted annually and in some cases the budget may already be spent. My experience has mainly been working to facilitate NHSaves Path 3 incentives- electric and natural gas savings over code and Path 4 incentives- energy efficiency equipment. Engaging early and frequent communication is key to receiving maximum incentives. Here is some helpful advice for proceeding with these programs:

         Engage early and have frequent communication with your utility provider in order to receive maximum incentives.

         Fill out paperwork early to avoid issues.

         Ask about the possibility of incentives on equipment that is just out of reach of that

    SEER threshold, it never hurts to ask.

         For path 3, work congruently with a technical assistance vendor to find cost-effective

    solutions for pushing the energy efficiency of your project. You will be awarded in the

    end with larger incentives check as well as lower operating costs. Not to mention free

    assistance from professionals with many years of experience to pull from.


  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 10:45 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    Written By Grady O’Rear

    According to the United Nations, Food …. lies at the heart of trying to tackle climate change, reducing water stress, pollution, restoring lands back to forests or grasslands, and protecting the world’s wildlife.”

    With the many threats humanity faces brought about by COVID-19, much emphasis in the green building sector is focused on IEQ improvements and workplace best practices. While these initiatives provide important opportunities to mitigate risks, there are other built environment tools and features that can help curb root causes that lead to the emergence and reemergence of infectious disease as well as greenhouse gas production, pollution, and land degradation. Let’s explore some of them.

    Reduce Natural Resource Extraction. The green building industry has a strong commitment to conserving natural resources. For example, most of us are aware that we can:

    • ·         Prioritize development in urban areas
    • ·         Promote passive and active solar design and construction
    • ·         Make electricity and water use more efficient
    • ·         Generate and use more renewable energy
    • ·         Reuse and recycle materials
    • ·         Select and install local materials that are environmentally benign
    • ·         Plan and utilize state-of-the art storm water management systems.

    But there is another arena of activity within the built environment that can bring significantly beneficial results that is lesser known and rarely emphasized – promotion of low on-the-food-chain eating. Here are some of the reasons this area of environmental impact needs to be prioritized:

    • ·         A recent United Nations report on climate change warned that “The rearing of livestock generates 14 per cent of all carbon emissions, similar to the amount generated by all transport put together. Currently, farmed animals occupy nearly 30 per cent of the ice-free land on Earth. The livestock sector generates a seventh of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes roughly one-third of all freshwater on earth.”
    • ·         Although still under debate, many scientists believe there is convincing evidence that COVID-19 got its start in non-human animals. They contend that like MERS, SARS, HIV, Influenza A and Ebola, the coronavirus is zoonotic – it originated in animals and jumped to humans. Moreover, health experts warn that the problem isn’t the animals, it’s us. Agricultural intensification, deforestation and urbanization are responsible because they bring animals in closer proximity to humans.
    • ·         Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs), according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are agricultural businesses in which animals are kept and raised in confined situations. Rather than grazing in pastures, fields, or rangeland, these enterprises congregate production facilities, animals, feed, manure, urine, and dead animals within a small land area. Among other negative impacts, AFOs contaminate surface and ground water and contribute to air pollution. There are approximately 450,000 AFOs in the United States.
    • ·         The potential for transfer of pathogens among animals is higher when they are in confinement. Asymptomatic animals may carry microbial agents that can infect humans.

    These data point to animal food production, as practiced today, as detrimental to humanity and the planet. In addition to changing our own dietary habits, what can the green design and construction industry do to change this picture?

    Use and Advocate for Built Environment Incentives. The industry has taken some important initial strides in this area. LEED now offers several credits that address food production issues. Below are some examples of additional actions that can be taken:

    • ·         Explore and utilize plant-based food options in the workplace and at company events.
    • ·         Educate colleagues and clients about food-related best practices and their impacts on sustainability goals.
    • ·         Utilize Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) scoring metrics. ESG investors recognize the direct link of financial performance with environmental and social impacts. Last year, 60 top global businesses committed to publicly support and transparently share ESG reports. The time is ripe for ESG + Nutrition.
    • ·         Consider R&D Tax Credits for companies that work to create or improve outcomes that promote plant-based products and diets.
    • ·         Create and submit additional LEED food-related credits.
    • ·         Influence other green building rating systems, standards, and codes to create, recognize, and promote food-production incentives.

    Elegant solutions can be described as ones that simultaneously address multiple concerns and risks. Efforts to promote plant-based diets rank high on the list. It’s an amazing and timely opportunity for the green design and construction industry to pick this low hanging fruit and benefit from its profound effects.


  • Tuesday, December 28, 2021 8:00 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    This year’s Annual Meeting took place in early December virtually. Even though this was another tough year of the pandemic, we were able to do four Green Egg in-person building tours and start selling logoed merchandise. The Green Egg events included touring the USGBC NH 2020 Building of the Year winner, the NH RANG Hooksett Field Maintenance Shop, a co-gen plant at UNH Durham, William Boyce Thompson Field House at Phillips Exeter Academy and Kingston Hall at Southern New Hampshire University. All tours were informative about current green building practices in New Hampshire.

    The 2021 Building of the Year Award went to The Goel Center for Theater and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy. The building received 60 points and is certified LEED Gold. Be sure to continue to check your emails for updates on the Green Eggs tour of this building!

    Eric Corey Freed’s keynote was about “The Urgency of Carbon”. Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and lecturer and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, leading the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward better and higher performing buildings. For over 20 years, he was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.

    As a mentor and lecturer, Eric brings a high level of passion and drive for sustainability and challenges those he teaches, speaks to, and practically everyone he meets to think, design, and present outside of the box and outside their comfort zone. As a facilitator, adjunct professor, and lecturer, Eric has educated more than 300,000 people across all 50 states and 7 countries on issues related to sustainability, high-performance building, and the built environment and does so in his own comedic and entertaining style.  

    Eric was previously the Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient, and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone, and Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that developed the Living Building Challenge, a global, regenerative, deep green building standard. He is the author of 12 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", "Sustainable School Architecture," and “Green$ense for your Home”. His latest publication, "Circular Economy for Dummies" was released in the Spring 2021.

    Eric is considered a leader in the field and was previously named “Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" in 2008.  In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects."  He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council. Eric’s keynote was engaging as he delighted attendees with his knowledge on the circular economy and global climate change. The entire keynote was recorded and can be found on our website.

    Through your donations we were able to raise over $300.00 to the following local organizations: Bridge Street Recovery, Family Promise, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, and Families in Transition. One of our USGBC NH members even won a Door Prize that consisted of items for a covid-19 survival kit. Thank you to all who joined us, and we look forward to what 2022 brings!

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021 1:35 PM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    Have you heard of Belfor Property Restoration, Servpro, or CRP Contracting? These are some of the largest property restoration companies in the U.S.

    Companies like these typically provide residential and commercial fire, water, wind, mold/biohazard cleanup, disinfection, and reconstruction services.

    For example, Belfor with over 7,000 employees and more than 150 locations in North America boasts over 450 locations around the world. Servpro has grown since its founding in 1967 to more than 1,700 franchises with over 1,900 locations in the United States and Canada.

    Why are such companies important stakeholders in sustainability?

    Property restoration services are increasingly needed to address the greater frequency and intensity of both small-scale and large-scale disasters. The annual market of the American property restoration industry has skyrocketed to well over $200 billion. During the past three years, 60% of restoration contractors surveyed predicted American industry revenues growing in the 25% range each year.

    For example, on the small-scale side of the disaster continuum, let’s take a quick look at some data about water and mold damage. According to Water Damage Defense, an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. suffer water damage at home or work each day. And within a homeowner’s lifetime, 98% of basements in the U.S. will flood.

    Mold growth often accompanies water damage. Mold growth can also occur without water damage. A case in point, some modern, energy saving homes have very tight building envelopes, but were constructed without frequent air exchanges. Under these circumstances, with or without the owner’s knowledge or awareness, mold can thrive due to limited air movement.

    On the macro-level, the chart below from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the alarming trend line of climate and weather disasters in the U.S. overtime that cost $1 billion or greater. Over the period from 1980 to 2020, these disasters cost over $2.2 trillion.

    What are the implications for green design and construction?

    Historically, USGBC Chapters have focused on green built environment projects that either involve new construction or remodeling. Architects, engineers, and construction (AEC) personnel deserve accolades for helping green buildings become more of the norm.

    However, there is a gap between the green building community and the property restoration community. The green building community has been squarely focused on eco-friendly new construction and remodeling for decades; the property restoration community has an interest in green design and construction, but this hasn’t been their primary area of emphasis.

    Concerted efforts by the green community must be made to bridge this gap. Beyond the collaborative business potentials, the existential threats from climate change, including sea level rise, wildfires, superstorms, earthquakes, epidemics and pandemics, and mass extinction demand is integration.

    Here are a few kick-off ideas for USGBC chapters and green AEC professionals:

    • 1)      Reach out to property restoration companies in your area. Create forums that may be of interest to them. Work toward their joining your USGBC chapter or other green building associations. Gain understanding about the work they do and discover synergies together.
    • 2)      Give greater emphasis to resilience. Explore the use of the RELi™ 2.0 Rating System (RELi 2.0). It’s a resilience-based rating system for neighborhoods, homes, commercial buildings and infrastructure. Learn about FORTIFIED. This insurance carrier financed home, commercial, and re-roofing program uses research supported approaches to strengthen buildings against severe weather.
    • 3)      Support green/disaster recovery/resilience training and credentialing. Associations like AIAand ASCEas well as NIBShave developed important initiatives that can help inform professionals and be woven into webinar presentations. Some non-profits like Green Advantage offer ANSI-accredited credentials that can be utilized to advance green/disaster recovery/resilient means, methods, materials, and best practices for construction-related personnel.

    This is just a partial list of ideas to consider. I’m sure you and other readers can add more. By working together, these two industries can make critical strides toward greater sustainability in the built environment.


  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4:30 PM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 pandemic is just one of many threats that must be addressed by healthcare construction workers whether in hospitals or in long-term care, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Protection of workers, patients, staff, and the public during construction activity from minor repairs to new construction is of utmost concern. In addition to protection from COVID and other biological risks, workers need to be familiar with state-of-the-art best practices to reduce risks from disasters, fire equipment and systems, utility services, noise, vibration, odors, delivery/handling/storage of supplies and materials, waste management, and ventilation.

    To help mitigate the risks of healthcare construction, renovation, demolition, maintenance and repair, The Joint Commission, the organization that accredits over 22,000 U.S. healthcare organizations, requires a comprehensive protocol known as a Pre-construction Risk Assessment (PCRA). An Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), which is part of the PCRA process, is also required by The Joint Commission. Accredited healthcare organizations are required to develop a PCRA for all planned and unplanned healthcare construction from minor repairs to major construction.

    Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in "Environment of Care News", a publication of The Joint Commission, five authors advocated for more stringent requirements for PCRA/ICRA. The authors called for all construction personnel participating in pre-construction, maintenance, and construction activities on healthcare facilities to demonstrate their competence by possessing an ANSI/ASTM-accredited PCRA/ICRA credential.

    To evaluate the impact of this credential nationally, the University of Nevada, Reno, Public Health Training Center was commissioned by the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity to pilot a workforce development project. Since currently Green Advantage, a non-profit organization, offers the nation’s only ANSI/ASTM-accredited Pre-construction Risk Assessment/Infection Control Risk Assessment (PCRA/ICRA) Certificate Program, project participants were solicited from those trained in the Green Advantage program. Below are excerpts from the evaluation’s conclusion:

    The Green Advantage PCRA/ICRA certificate training is a successful program in improving the knowledge of PCRA/ICRA best practices. ….. Construction industry workers who were enrolled in the program were surveyed and assessed to demonstrate their pre-certificate and post-certificate confidence and knowledge while working in health care construction, as well as the readiness to protect themselves and others from increased risks and infection exposures. The survey results demonstrated that this knowledge and readiness improved among participants in the PCRA/ICRA certificate program ….. Based upon the survey analysis, it is advised that the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity put forth policy guidance on PCRA/ICRA certification for health care construction industry workers.

    Public protection remains paramount in healthcare construction. In particular, the frequency and intensity of risks from infectious disease and disaster are on the rise and must be continually addressed. ANSI-accredited personnel credentialing offers an important tool to ensure that construction workers are trained and have successfully demonstrated their competencies to reduce these risks.


    Green Advantage is the only organization that offers a PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program that meets these requirements. Note: The PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program has been approved by GBCI for 12 CE Hours.

    The PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program prepares construction personnel to address the serious risks posed by healthcare construction. Learning objectives include:

    •    understanding the need for PCRA/ICRA
    •    knowledge about key concepts related to      infection control during construction
    •    recognition of the pathogen transmission factors related to construction processes
    •    awareness of the unique construction challenges represented by the hospital environment
    •    familiarity with the regulatory context for healthcare facility construction
    •    application of PCRA to healthcare facility construction activity
    •    cognizance of the details of the PCRA process
    •    awareness of construction impacts on building systems
    •    familiarity with PCRA procedures
    •    familiarity with Interim Life Safety Measures
    •    knowledge  of approaches and best practices to ensure health & safety during healthcare facility construction



  • Wednesday, September 08, 2021 8:30 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    As the summer moves to fall our chapter visited the William Boyce Thompson Field House at Phillips Exeter Academy. The building won our 2019 Building of the Year Award by reaching LEED Silver.


    It was very important to the school that the original gym be remembered in the new building. They were able to save an original piece of stone that rests above a narrative sharing who William Boyce Thompson was. In addition, in a room on the second floor there is reclaimed flooring from the original Thompson gym.

    There is a parking garage below the gym that gives the school 100+ more parking spaces than it had with the old gym. Currently, the EV chargers are free to anyone who uses them. The rain garden located right outside the main entry allows runoff rainwater a place to go without flooding the campus or nearby sports fields.

    Walking up to the building one would have no idea that 1,552 solar panels are on the roof. Surprisingly this is a concern for the school, they have plans to do student tours of the building since the students have no idea that the building can produce most of its own electricity. The solar panels on the roof provided enough electricity for 80% of the building in 2019 and in 2020 they provided 135% of the building’s energy. The school has their own substation, so energy was distributed to neighboring buildings.

    The main part of the gym does not have any air conditioning instead there are large fans that circulate the air depending on the air temperature at the floor and at the ceiling.

    Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram accounts to see photos.

    We look forward to seeing you on our next tour!

  • Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:28 PM | Douglas Shilo (Administrator)


    We emit too much carbon. As I write this, the greatest nations in the world are addressing this issue by launching the G7 Industrial Decarbonization Agenda, committing to emission reductions in all sectors: power, transportation, agriculture, and building. The building sector represents 39% of these emissions. This number will only go up, with the building stock slated to double by 2060. To mitigate our carbon the way we need to, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recommended incremental steps toward carbon neutral buildings by 2030. This is usually accomplished in two steps: reducing operational carbon as much as practical, and producing enough renewable energy to take the remainder off fossil fuels.

    Let’s start with Operational Carbon, which is what it takes to run a building. For every gallon of gasoline, kWh of electricity, or therm of natural gas used, there is an equivalent amount of carbon. Convert each of your energy bills to carbon, add that carbon up, and you have your operational carbon. A great way to reduce this number is to follow Passive House principles. By utilizing lots of insulation, airtight construction, and high-efficiency equipment; buildings of all types are able to drastically reduce their energy use, and therefore the carbon emitted. This is the most important and cost-effective step.

    Then, you make sure the remaining energy used is not sourced from fossil fuels. Sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, or biomass are all considered carbon neutral. The simplest solution (for the building sector) would be if the grid was 100% renewable, but that may not happen anytime soon, so most of us have to look at production on site for the moment. If you followed passive principles, then you likely just need to add solar panels to the roof to make up for the small amount of energy your project uses. If you don't have a renewable grid and cannot install renewables on site, you can install on another site you own, join forces with your neighbors, or buy Renewable Energy Credits (REC's). Some projects have a tougher time meeting this threshold than others, but the idea is to have enough carbon-neutral production to make up the difference. Homeowners, businesses, and even entire downtown districts in major cities are making the carbon neutral commitment. This is all very encouraging, but it's only half the picture.

    Embodied carbon is what it takes to build a building, which may be as much as all the operating costs over the life of a building combined. Every wood stud, nail, brick, bag of concrete, and roofing shingle used on a project is extracted, manufactured, transported to the site, installed, maintained, and eventually replaced. The amount of carbon embodied in all that is assessed by a third party in what’s called an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Multiply each EPD by the amount of each product used, do this for each product, add it all up, and you have the project’s embodied carbon. We like to use a program called Tally in our office, which is connected to a reliable database of EPD’s and takes material volumes right off our virtual design models. Once you know your projects embodied carbon, you can use this materials palette to learn how to reduce it. You'll see familiar "soft" concepts have quantifiable advantages in your model: salvaging and reusing materials, using more wood, using less cement, using less XPS, using less PVC - it all suddenly makes a visible difference in a forehead-smacking proof-of-concept. The USGBC helped bring these calculations into the mainstream with the inclusion of a “Whole-Building Life-Cycle Assessment” as a credit option in LEED V4. With the characteristic rigor and reward a LEED credit brings, demand for this service is sure to follow.

    If the project owns enough renewable energy to make up for both operational and embodied carbon - that is a true zero-carbon building. The AIA has set incremental thresholds towards carbon neutrality for us to follow, and a standardized reporting mechanism so we can share successful strategies along the way. We have a long way to go, but the path is clear, the demand is mounting, and we have all the tools we need to get the job done.

    See you in the field,

    Doug Shilo, USGBC NH Chapter Chair


  • Friday, February 05, 2021 9:00 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

    On Monday, January 25th, Granite State ASHRAE held a webinar about solar energy in New Hampshire with Madeleine Mineau, the Executive Director of Clean Energy NH. Madeleine dove right into Clean Energy NH’s mission and advocacy for the state, stating that solar is one of the fastest growing renewable energies, yet New Hampshire has the lowest numbers in New England. Maine is undergoing a solar energy boom due to policy change and is expected to grow solar significantly over the next few years while New Hampshire grows at a moderate rate.

    Despite New Hampshire being last in New England for solar energy, the state created $3 million in CO2 benefits in 2019, removing the equivalent of 6,000 cars from roadways. From 2014 to 2019 New Hampshire saved $83 million from solar. New Hampshire is working for a more solar future but not at the same rate as neighboring states. Massachusetts, clearly a leader in solar energy saved $513 million from solar from 2014 to 2019.

    Mineau stated that New Hampshire set a goal to be 25% renewable by 2025. The ISO New England, the grid operator for the entire New England grid, is projecting that New Hampshire will have 19.3 MW of annual total solar for 2021. Mineau mentioned there is very low operational costs for solar compared to other types of renewables.

    Wrapping up the webinar Mineau went beyond the solar discussion to mention the opportunities ongoing in the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) which is undergoing development for 2021 to 2023 and more opportunities for heat pump conversions through rebates. Clean Energy NH is working to improve overall energy savings.


    Check out Granite State ASHRAE's website. 

    Check out Clean Energy NH's website. 

  • Saturday, December 05, 2020 1:13 PM | Douglas Shilo (Administrator)

    What a year it has been! We had virtual chapter meetings, virtual educational opportunities, and, well, are you sensing a pattern? Our distance didn't stop us from having some fun last Thursday evening for our Annual Chapter Meeting!

    After some catching up, James Scott Brew joined us from Japan, and he taught us all about the real value of sustainability, the people factor. Fun fact: it was the next morning in Japan, so we were basically time traveling. 


    I then talked about the recent Chapter happenings, including our partnership with Green Advantage, our letter to Governor Sununu, and virtual educational opportunities on our calendar. Despite everything, our Chapter has been busy! Then came the introduction of our board members. Please reach out to any one of us in the coming year if you'd like to get something on the Chapter Agenda!

    Then, we presented the USGBC NH Chapter Building of the Year Award to the the NHRANG Hooksett Field Maintenance Shop. This exemplary project earned 58 LEED points (including all available energy efficiency points!) and negotiated a difficult site sustainably to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Joseph Campbell accepted the award on behalf of the project team (really enjoy the Star Wars collection in your background, Joseph!). Congratulations to North Branch Construction, the New Hampshire Army National Guard, and Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz ArchitectsKeep an eye out for a tour (whenever we do that sort of thing again)! 



    Finally, we'd like to talk a little about our beneficiary, the Capitol Center for the Arts, which we raised $260 for with our raffle drawing! If you haven't already, please take a look at their This is Only Intermission campaign. Our very own Kim Pyzka presented the "Covid-19 Gift Basket" (we gotta come up with a better name...) raffle prize, and the winner was none other than John Pietroniro! Congratulations, John!



    And to all our members, stay warm this winter! Until next year, this is your chair, signing off.

    -Doug

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