Cape Associates, Inc. (325 Massasoit Rd., Eastham; 508-255-1770) has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the construction of the Michael H. Cole building in Eastham. The building, which includes ground-floor office space used by the Cape Associates administration and two one-bedroom apartments on the second floor, was completed in 2014 by the Cape Associates team, led by project manager Bob Creonte and foreman Tom Johnson. Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc. of Yarmouthport designed the building, while ZeroEnergy Design out of Boston and Orleans handled the HVAC design and energy modeling and managed the LEED certification process.
The Michael H. Cole Building achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Awarded 61 of a total 110 possible points in the rating system, the location features solar panels on the roof, spray foam insulation and LED lighting, among many other factors that make it qualified for LEED Gold. “Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Cape Associates, ZeroEnergy Design and Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio & Raber are addressing it through local solutions.” The building is named The Michael H. Cole Building in honor of Cape Associates’ former president, Michael Cole, who led the company for three decades.