Unique Projects

Energy savings, education, environmental stewardship, the potential to prove new technology — those are some of the critical goals that motivate us to pursue unique projects. We strive to push the limits of what is being done conventionally by exploring how much more can be done with emerging technologies. And quite often our unique projects are not driven by the prospect of financial return, but by a sense of responsibility to future generations to do our part in mitigating the environmental impact of our work today.

ZERO CANAL...

Construction is underway, check out our earthcam to see the project in real time.  

For more information about our Zero Canal project please visit our web site www.canalzero.com.

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS - LEVEL II & LEVEL III...

In August of 2014, East Brown Cow was able to put into operation two electric car-charging stations in its Fore Street Garage, located at 425 Fore Street, Portland, Maine. With the help of development partner Central Maine Power, a Level III charger was installed in partnership with Nissan Motor Group and the American Lung Association. A Level II charger was also installed at the garage in partnership with Central Maine Power and Clipper Creek. East Brown Cow hopes that installation of these charging stations will continue the movement of defining Portland as a Green City and will draw visitors and business interests alike.

HYATT PLACE PORTLAND-OLD PORT IS A BRAND NEW HOTEL, DEVELOPED TO BE GREEN AND ENERGY EFFICIENT...

As with all development projects, construction costs are at the forefront of considerations, but East Brown Cow took the time to include the following energy efficiencies with the focus on the lifelong asset cost, not just the upfront construction costs. Included in the ground-up design and construction were:

• 10 KW Co-Gen: Generates power for the hotel and uses the waste heat from the power production process for hot water heating.

• Otis Gen 2 Elevators with Re-Gen Drives: Highly efficient gearless machines with ReGen Drives. The ReGen Drive feeds energy back into the building’s electrical grid where it can be used to power other building systems.

• LED Lighting: Worked with Hyatt to install LED A-lamps and troffers in the guest rooms and common areas of the hotel.

• Poly-Iso Cyanurate Insulation: (foam insulation)

• High Efficiency Condensing Gas Boilers

• INNCOM Energy Management System: Temperature and lighting control based on room occupancy.

• ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) Recover energy from exhaust air to pre-treat the outside air. This helps to reduce the load on the HVAC system. 

• LED televisions (EnergyStar)

• Water Saving Shower Heads and Toilets: Worked with Hyatt to find water-saving showerheads and toilets that would meet its brand standard.

• Variable Frequency Drives: Installed variable frequency drives on all pumps and fans. These drives reduce the speed of the motor based on the demand of the HVAC system.

SOLAR HOT WATER HEATER INSTALLED AT 75 MARKET STREET...

Removed six 30-gallon electric hot water heaters and installed a solar hot water system. The solar hot water system uses energy from the sun and to make hot water for the common area bathrooms.  This system produces 18,900,000 BTUs of renewable heat energy annually and offsets 7,998 lbs. of CO2 emissions from fossil-based energy sources.

NATURAL GAS CONVERSION AT CANAL PLAZA...

We worked closely with our local utility company for over a year to bring natural gas into our One and Two Canal Plaza locations. Once natural gas was piped into the two buildings we installed a high-efficiency condensing boiler in each, which reduced both heating and cooling costs while promoting the use of natural gas and reducing our community’s dependency on fossil fuel.

SOLAR ARRAYS...

 

You will find active solar panels at work at three East Brown Cow properties. At our 100 Foden Road campus, we’ve installed a 5kw solar array atop the west building and a 7kw on the east building. At the Fore Street Garage, a dramatic, 23kw solar array was added to the existing structure, replacing the corrugated metal roofing on the front of the garage, which greatly improved the site’s energy efficiency while offering a more attractive facade. All of these solar power systems provide clean, renewable energy to their respective buildings and have the potential to send excess energy back to the utility grid.