WOBURN, MA, July 16, 2012 – Cummings Properties’ building at 8 Cabot Road in Woburn recently earned an ENERGY STAR certification by achieving strict energy performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With two additional properties also receiving certifications, the Woburn-based real estate firm now has 10 sites bearing the prestigious rating.
Built in 2010, 8 Cabot Road was designed to meet LEED standards, which signify environmentally friendly design and construction. It has many “green” features, including high efficiency lighting and water source heat pumps, as well as motion sensors and variable frequency controls for its HVAC systems. The building also hosts a 30KW solar installation that produces about 50 percent of the building’s common area electric load.
Gary Gresh, Cummings Properties’ sustainability manager, said, “The environment is not the only beneficiary of energy efficiency, as Cummings’ clients can experience significant savings on their operating costs.”
Totaling 56,000 square feet, the building is home to two major scientific clients. Calloway Labs is a major toxicology laboratory specializing in drug testing, and Amgen, a Fortune 500 company, develops human therapeutics.
According to Gresh, these ENERGY STAR certifications would not have been possible without the partnership of NSTAR, the building’s electric utility provider.
Two additional Cummings Properties buildings recently receiving ENERGY STAR certifications are 800 Cummings Center in Beverly and 142/144 North Road in Sudbury. The energy efficiency performance of these buildings, as well as 8 Cabot Road, outranks 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide.
Cummings Properties has a long history of sustainable business practices, including building renovation and reuse; energy-saving design, construction, and property maintenance; utilization of recycled materials and equipment; and reduction of waste through recycling programs.
Other Cummings buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating are 18 Commerce Way in Woburn, 500 and 900 Cummings Center in Beverly, 92 Montvale Avenue in Stoneham, 196 Boston Avenue in Medford, and 370 and 420 Hemenway Street in Marlborough. For more information, visit www.cummingsproperties.com.