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 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
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.