Centerbrook to Lead Biomass Webinar

Published on November 4th, 2013

Centerbrook Associate Mark Herter is one of two speakers who will lead a webinar on the use of biomass thermal systems for heating buildings, on Wednesday, November 6 at noon. The informational presentation is hosted by Biomass Thermal Energy Council and funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center.

“We will focus on how biomass thermal energy can be an integral part of modern, high-efficiency buildings, and what role biomass can play in U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification program, a well-known and widely-used rating system for sustainable buildings,” Herter said.

A LEED Accredited Professional since 2006, he added that two completed Centerbrook projects which he has worked on, both LEED certified, would serve as case studies in the webinar: The Hotchkiss School Biomass Heating Facility, a wood chip facility, and the wood-pellet heating system at Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center at the Berkshire School.

“More than 150 people have signed up so far, so this will be a great opportunity to share what we’ve learned and also to learn from the many participants,” said Herter, who has worked on academic, research, cultural, religious, civic, and urban planning projects during his 16 years with Centerbrook. He chairs the firm’s Sustainability Committee.

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council is an association of fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies, and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy represents a renewable, clean and energy-efficient contribution to meeting America’s energy needs.