Sustainable/Green Design

The concepts of sustainable design that improve a building’s quality and livability are considerations factored into every Dore + Whittier project. From the firm’s perspective, a high-performance building must incorporate several factors to be successful: It must be a healthy and productive place to live and learn. It must be energy efficient and cost effective to operate and maintain. And it must consider sustainability in a micro and macro sense – both as it relates to individual systems and the project as a whole.

As stewards of architecture and the environment, Dore + Whittier is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and actively assists clients through the LEED™ certification process. Dore + Whittier is always seeking appropriate and commonsense ways to apply the principles of sustainable design to the firm’s projects. In addition, the firm has taken a leadership role in developing energy-related design criteria for schools and other public buildings throughout New England.

Dore + Whittier takes an integrated approach to sustainable design, in which a building’s systems and design elements are considered holistically, including:

  • LEED™ certification and documentation for submission to the USGBC
  • Computer modeling to accurately consider the effects and   project savings of various systems
  • Full and early participation in utility-sponsored incentive programs
  • Independent building-system commissioning
  • Daylighting design for efficiency, productivity and comfort
  • Indoor environmental design, including air quality, acoustics, thermal comfort and building material selection
  • Construction impacts and waste reduction
  • Renewable energy generation, biomass heating systems, organic wastewater treatment and water conservation and management

Dore + Whittier's LEED-Certified Projects

Avery Elementary School, Dedham, MA

Dore & Whittier Office

Greenfield High School, Greenfield, MA

Lester J. Gates Middle School, Scituate, MA
LEED Silver

Newton North High School, Newton, MA

North Reading Middle/High School, North Reading, MA

Park Avenue School, Webster, MA

Rockland High School, Rockland, MA

Rogers Middle School, Rockland, MA

Sunita L. Williams Elementary School, Needham, MA
Tracking LEED Silver

Vermont Army National Guard Information Systems Facility, Colchester, VT
SPiRiT Certified

Vermont Fire Training Academy, Pittsford, VT
LEED Silver

West Parish School, Gloucester, MA

Weston High School Science Lab Addition, Weston, MA
LEED Silver

White Street Fire Station, Springfield MA
1st LEED-certified City project
1st LEED Gold Fire Station in New England

Wilmington High School, Wilmington, MA

Other Projects Recognized for Sustainable & Green Design

Dedham Middle School, Dedham, MA
MA CHPS and Green-Certified (MTC and MA DOE)
ACEC – Gold Award for Design Excellence

Lund Family Center, Burlington, VT
Better Buildings by Design – Award for Excellence in Energy Conscious Building Design

St. Albans City Elementary School, St. Albans, VT
EPA Energy Star Certified (Energy Performance Score of 89)