Bread Loaf construction project earns green building award

MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corp. of Middlebury and Hypertherm Inc. of Hanover, N.H., have announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Hypertherm’s Heater Road facility in Lebanon, N.H., with a LEED Gold designation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and represents the best in class green building practices measuring the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.
Hypertherm makes plasma cutting technology and the Heater Road facility in Lebanon, N.H., is the newest of their seven facilities in the Upper Valley. The project transformed a previously disturbed 23-acre site along the Interstate into the 160,000 square foot research, manufacturing, training, and office building.
In 2010 Hypertherm and Bread Loaf’s project team set sustainability goals to achieve LEED Silver status which would require a total 50 points. However, as the team focused on solving building problems and meeting Hypertherm’s business needs, the team developed innovative solutions exceeding expectations and thereby achieving a total of 62 points and the LEED Gold status.
Sustainable achievements include the diversion of 90 percent of the construction waste from landfills, a reduction in water use of 47 percent and a reduction of process (manufacturing and testing) water use of 100 percent through a recycling system saving 70,000 gallons per day of municipal water. The project protected the existing wetlands and maintained 58 percent of the site as vegetated open space. The building uses 25 percent less energy when compared to a baseline building of similar use and climate category. This energy efficiency was achieved through a well-insulated and airtight building enclosure, by providing skylights and strategically located windows for day lighting, by selection of highly efficient mechanical systems and providing controls for the building occupants to monitor energy use.
Bread Loaf’s design and construction team included Fred Bellucci, Jan Becker, Anne Buck, Bob Eaton, Josh Francis, Mark Harris, John Johnston, Dave Kirby, Joe Lattuca, Deb Lowd, Randy Lang, Cam MacKugler, Steve Rooney, Sean Paquette, Euguene Sheldrick and Justin Wright.

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