MHA is committed to integrating deep sustainable design into every project.  Through an integrated design process, years of green experience, and continuous research on newly available technologies, we can provide truly high-performance buildings cost effectively. Our years of green construction administration have also given us the experience to commission new green technologies such as air barriers, exterior insulation, air to air heat pumps, and daylight harvesting.

 

Projects:

  • Fargo Education Center for Mass Audubon in Worcester: net-zero energy with deep energy retrofit renovation & super-insulation new construction strategies, photovoltaic roof-top system
  • Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) home in Lexington with 70% energy use reduction
  • LEED for Homes Gold Certifiable luxury home
  • Cost-effective whole house energy efficiency reviews & construction management for 50% energy reduction
  • Maple Hill Architects photovoltaic system for renewable office/home electricity
  • Applying for utility rebates for all major commercial projects


Awards:

  • Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland MA, a 28,000 square foot addition, 7,000 square foot renovation, new parking lot, received the River Steward Award, 2011
  • Capuano Early Learning Center, Somerville MA, an 80,000 square foot building serving 400 children, completed in 2003.  The project was the first LEED-registered public school in Massachusetts; it won both the NESEA Green Building Award First Prize for 2004 and the Walter Taylor First Prize in 2003 for excellence in school design, while at HMFH


Doug Sacra’s green experience:

  • LEED-Accredited Professional since 1998
  • Speaker on green topics including energy efficiency, daylighting, green schools, at Wayland Public Library, Sustainable Sudbury, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Build Boston, among others
  • Green Building Tours – every fall as part of NESEA’s annual Tour de Sol
  • Principal author for the study “The Incremental Costs and Benefits of Green Schools in Massachusetts” completed for Massachusetts Technology Collaborative & Massachusetts School Building Authority
  • Major contributing author of MA CHPS green school standard.
  • Member of MA CHPS Development Advisory Committee
  • Applied and received funding, then completed “Green School Studies” for six individual schools, at HMFH Architects 
  • Member of Massachusetts Audubon Design Review Committee 2006 – 2011

Creating a more sustainable world - one project at a time