First Net-Zero School In Massachusetts

exterior of project. Photo credit: Arrowstreet

Event Date: 

Friday, August 23, 2019




Cambridge, MA

CEU Information: 

CEUs: AIA 3.0 LU/HSW; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

This NESEA tour featured a new high performance campus in Cambridge. This project is designed to be the first net zero emissions school in Massachusetts and the largest net zero emissions building in the state. The project consists of a middle school and elementary school, district administration offices for the school district, a public library, a public pool and other public functions. The building is the first project under the Net Zero Cambridge Plan, which outlines a framework to be an emission neutral city by 2050. This event was hosted by Arrowstreet Architecture and Design in association with William Rawn Associates.

Project Details

  • Units: This campus includes a middle school, an elementary school, a public library, and the administration offices for the school district
  • Square Footage:  273,000
  • Type of Construction:  New (scheduled to be complete August 2019)
  • Built for LEED v4 Schools Gold certifications
  • Roof-mounted PV array will generate an estimated 60% of energy on site
  • Geothermal heat pump system provides radiant heating and cooling
  • Rainwater reclamation system on site

Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10.



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