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Northeastern University Makes the Grade with Energy Efficiency
Works with Eversource on the innovation and design of the university's new science and engineering building, which will use 75 percent less energy than the average research facility

October 16, 2017

When Northeastern University students arrived on campus earlier this semester, they may not have realized they'd be performing important research work in a building that uses 75 percent less energy than a typical research facility - saving Northeastern an estimated $300,000 in energy costs annually.

Northeastern University teamed up with Eversource Energy during the construction of its Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) on Columbus Avenue in Boston - a six-story facility featuring 234,000 square feet of lab and classroom space - to enhance its energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

"Northeastern's focus on sustainability inspires its research students to tackle significant global challenges of our time. The work done at ISEC is essential to help meet this goal, and it's much more powerful when it's done in a green, energy-efficient space," said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian. "ISEC's innovative design embodies the university's growing ambition and commitment to scientific advances."

Subrahmanian explained that the work with Northeastern University will ultimately help the City of Boston reach its climate and sustainability goals, and is part of Eversource's Green Labs Initiative - an effort to improve lab safety, performance and energy efficiency.

Eversource collaborated with architecture firm Payette, engineering firm Arup, and general contractor Suffolk Construction to bring ISEC to life and add the following measures:

  • High-performance fume hoods to reduce supply fan speeds while maintaining the desired temperature and safety for students in the labs.
  • Airflow controls that reduce lab ventilation rates when labs are detected to be unoccupied.
  • A cascade air system that takes conditioned air from its offices and atrium, and transfers the air to the labs to save energy and costs.
  • Exterior sun-shading aluminum fins to maximize daylight while minimizing heat gain, providing a comfort boost for students and faculty inside.

All of this energy-efficient technology will result in avoiding significant greenhouse gas emissions - the equivalent of taking 152 cars off the road or not burning 768,000 pounds of coal.

ISEC is currently tracking for LEED Gold Certification and will be featured as part of the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, taking place in Boston this fall, where the U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter will be hosting a tour of the building on Nov 10. 

Celis Brisbin from the U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter explained, "ISEC is a fantastic example of institutional environmental leadership and industry-leading design. We are inspired to think about lives that this building will intersect with - the tens of thousands of students who will pass through it each year, and how they can build on our mission."

For more information about Eversource's energy efficiency programs and green building design solutions, visit www.eversource.com or Mass Save's business industry solutions page.

About Eversource

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.7 million customers throughout Massachusetts, including approximately 1.4 million electric customers in 140 communities and 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceMA) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceMA).

About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a university like no other: global and experiential, built on a tradition of engagement with the world, with research that is designed for impact. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools; and advanced professional degree and certificate programs online, in class, or in hybrid formats in Boston and at regional campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.  


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