Real-Time Monitoring
The Green Alley at the Boston Architectural College

 

Linnean continually monitors the real-time performance of Boston’s first Green Alley, a low-impact, permeable pavement system. The Green Alley allows rainwater from the Boston Architectural College’s campus to collect and absorb into the groundwater table, alleviating stress on the public system and improving water quality by removing toxins. Linnean has verified through real-time data that 99% of all stormwater in the Alley percolates into the groundwater table. As a result, The Green Alley helps maintain an elevated groundwater table to ensure structural integrity of the city's wooden piers - a system designed to be submerged underwater at all times. Linnean also developed a live data dashboard that informs visitors to the college about the project's performance and a public, real-time online display.

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Life Cycle Assessment - Carbon Emissions Design Scenarios
Martin Luther King Jr. School 

Linnean Solutions Carbon Emissions Inventory and Analysis
 

Linnean conducted a carbon analysis of four design options for the Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge. The goal of the analysis was to determine the total amount of carbon emissions associated with annual operations as well as the embodied carbon from the extraction, manufacture, transportation, and waste construction materials. The analysis concluded that the most efficient scenario was to demolish the existing building and construct a new building with an energy-efficient envelope and highly-efficient mechanical equipment. This conclusion was unexpected, however since the original building was highly inefficient, the annual operating carbon far outweighed the benefits of saving the embodied carbon from the existing materials over time. The new building for the Martin Luther King Jr. School was designed by Perkins Eastman.

 

City-Wide Resource & Efficiency Assessment
Lewisville, Texas

 
 

Linnean provided a holistic resource use efficiency assessment for the the City of Lewisville, Texas – the first for the City. Within the scope of this project, Linnean analyzed extensive amounts of data for all municipal activities, including electricity, natural gas, and potable and irrigated water consumption, waste and city-fleet emissions generated, and water treatment and distribution. From this analysis, Linnean provided tailored, actionable solutions to reduce carbon emissions, with an emphasis on projects with low upfront costs and high return on investment potential. Linnean is currently developing a tool for the City to manage and track emissions and resource consumption reductions over time. 

 
 
Building Resilience in Boston Manual by Linnean Solutions

The renowned Building Resilience in Boston report is the result of Linnean’s review of national and international research, publications, planning documents, and extensive interviews conducted by Linnean of local experts to establish best practices related to increasing the resilience of cities. Linnean performed a vulnerability analysis for Boston's building stock and its residents, created a comprehensive list of actions to provide policy-makers, architects, engineers, and the community at large with a single source of practical resilience solutions. The report was initiated by the Boston Society of Architects for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

Download the full report here.

 

Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience Manual
Enterprise Community Partners

 
Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience Manual by Linnean Solutions
 

In response to Superstorm Sandy, Linnean provided critical research to create the nation’s first resilience manual geared toward low-income multifamily housing. The cutting edge manual provides a comprehensive set of solutions and best practices to make affordable housing properties more resilient and less vulnerable to the current and future effects of climate change. Linnean evaluated these strategies for their applicability in the context of multifamily affordable housing, for their effectiveness against a range of natural and man-made disasters, for their cost of installation, and for their feasibility of implementation. Linnean collaborated with the Resilient Design Institute and Curtis + Ginsberg Architects with funding from Enterprise Community Partners

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