Herter to Discuss LEED and Biomass

Published on March 19th, 2014

Mark Herter, who chairs Centerbrook’s Sustainability Committee, will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Biomass Heat and Power Conference on April 23 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He and Jim Phelps, a building performance consultant, will address how biomass systems can be used in high performance buildings that pursue LEED and Energy Star ratings.

“Our focus will be on how biomass thermal energy can contribute to modern, high-efficiency buildings, including the role it can play in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification program, which is a well-known and widely used rating system for sustainable buildings,” Herter said. He has worked on two recent Centerbrook LEED projects that incorporated biomass heating: 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.

The conference opens with a high level discussion on the use of biomass in the Mid-Atlantic region. The panel-style session will bring together experts to discuss topics such as sustainable forestry, woody biomass use, biogas systems, high performance construction, environmental solutions and concerns, and the overall acceptance of biomass by the public.

The Hotchkiss Biomass Heating Facility is producing dramatic reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs for the school, which has pledged to be a carbon-neutral campus by 2020.

Herter previously had presented at a webinar hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center, as well as at a Summit on Environmental Sustainability in Independent Schools sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.