Join us for the 81 Brent Street Open House on September 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Take a tour of Dorchester’s first LEED Platinum home and learn about this efficient, healthy home. The day will consist of tours of 81 Brent Street; workshops and discussion about building sustainably; and hearing from experts about resources and organizations to help you greenovate your home.   We will also launch the 81 Brent Street website that captures the development of this home from start to finish.

Join us for the open house by signing up for a workshop below and visit the resource tables for more information!

9:00am -10:00am – Meet the homeowners

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Meet the homeowners and learn about their decision to build Dorchester's first LEED Platinum home. Hear an overview about the steps taken to make this home both efficient and healthy while taking a tour of the home. Witness the launch of website, that showcases this development from start to finish.

10:15am – 11:15am – How Do I Make My Home More Efficient?

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See how efficient Dorchester's first LEED Platinum home is up close and learn about resources available and steps you can take to make your home efficient too.


Most people don't know how easy and affordable it is to save energy at home. Everyone can do something. Hear from Energy Advisors about the importance of weatherizing your home; efficient lighting, fixtures and mechanical systems that allow for energy savings; and more. Learn about Renew Boston and Mass Save’s incentives for insulation and modernizing old wiring; rebates for high efficiency heating equipment; no interest loans; and more.

11:30am – 12:30pm – What Makes A Garden/Landscape Sustainable?

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Learn about 81 Brent Street's sustainable landscape and what it takes to make your garden/landscape sustainable. Take a tour of 81 Brent Street's landscape and hear from Land Escapes Design Inc. about how to incorporate native, drought tolerant, non-invasive plants into your garden and learn about rainwater harvesting, living walls and more.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – How Healthy is My Home?

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Learn how 81 Brent Street is not only green but also healthy. Hear from the Boston Public Health Commission on the importance of good air quality in the home and steps you can take to protect the health of your family. Learn about resources regarding ways to reduce environmental health risks and asthma among residents.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Is Solar Right For My Home?

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Learn about 81 Brent Street's solar photo voltaic and solar hot water systems. See real time how much energy these panels generate, the positive impact they have on the environment and the money they save. Hear from solar installers on the options available for solar from electric, hot water and options to lease or own systems. Learn about solar resources.

2:45pm – 3:45pm – How To Save Money By Managing Energy

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Learn about the home automation at 81 Brent Street allowing for energy management. Hear from vivint about ways to control the thermostat, lights, security, etc. Learn how you can manage your energy consumption from anywhere in the world.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – What is LEED?

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Learn about Dorchester's first LEED Platinum home and the steps taken to reach the highest rating on the U.S. Green Building rating scale for homes. Hear from the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter on the importance of LEED and ways to encourage and advocate for more green buildings.