First Net-Zero Building Constructed by the State Opens in Westborough, Massachusetts

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett recently joined Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin, local elected officials and conservationists to celebrate the grand opening at the new field headquarters for the DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and Office of Fishing and Boating Access. The facility, which is the first zero net energy office building constructed by the Commonwealth, includes 45,000 square feet of office, laboratory and meeting space and features a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels, innovative mechanical systems and other features.

“Under Governor Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts has led the nation on energy efficiency and established a strong clean energy economy,” said Secretary Bartlett. “This project is another example of how we can achieve a clean energy future while protecting and restoring the Commonwealth’s natural resources.”

The building produces all of its annual energy needs through a highly efficient 294 kilowatt rooftop solar panel array. The energy needs of the building have been driven down to levels approximately 60 percent below similar buildings through the design of a high-performance exterior building envelope and the use of energy efficient heating and cooling systems, including a closed-loop geothermal well system, radiant ceilings and outside-air ventilation with heat recovery.

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