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Winthrop Center is Creating a New Global Standard for Energy-Efficient Construction

Recently featured in a New York Times article “Building Better Buildings,” Winthrop Center is receiving praises for its sustainability efforts and eco-friendly design. 

The Winthrop Center in Boston, which is currently under construction no, has been designed with many eco-friendly elements to minimize its environmental impact. The 691-foot tower is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the city, and one of the largest Passive House buildings in the world once completed. Its design reflects the growing trend toward sustainable development in the construction industry.  

To meet the Passive House standard, a building must use up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling compared to a traditional building. The Winthrop Center achieves this through a combination of design features and energy-efficient systems.

The passive house design concept starts with the facade, which has to be well-insulated and air-tight, said Brad Mahoney, director of sustainable development at Millennium Partners Boston, which owns the building.

Maintaining an airtight seal is one of the most important factors. Minimizing the amount of air that leaks in and out of the building helps maintain a consistent temperature inside the building, which in turn reduces the need for heating and cooling.  

Overall, the Winthrop Center's eco-friendly design elements are expected to reduce the building's energy consumption by 45 percent and its carbon footprint by 50 percent. The tower's use of solar panels, reclaimed water, green roofs, and sustainable materials will help Boston meet its climate goals and serve as a model for future construction projects in the city.

Once completed, Winthrop Center will consist of over 800,000 square feet of office space on the lower half of the tower, and 317 luxury condominiums in the top half.  The Millennium Residences at Winthrop Center will feature various floorplans, ranging from 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom penthouses.  Residences start at $1,500,000.  

To learn more about this new luxury condo building in Boston, click here.