Green Building Principles for Newton
Rachel White and Paul Eldrenkamp participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Green Newton on the principes of sustainable building. They were joined by Dan Ruben, who heads up Green Newton's building standards committee, and Nick Falkoff, principal of Auburndale Builders.
Paul started off the session by presenting Green Newton's sustainable building principles, which include building for low-energy operations, and targeting the Passive House standard for new construction. Rachel discussed the movement towards moving buildings off the natural gas grid and presented several case studies of existing “all-electric” single-family homes. She also discussed strategies for reducing the embodied carbon in construction.