The net zero Community Living Center at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home is a long-term care facility for the Commonwealth’s veterans. With panoramic views of downtown Boston and the harbor, the transformative facility will have 154 private rooms organized around shared community spaces and surrounded by generous courtyards. As a USGBC Green Building Health & Wellness Market Leader, the new Soldiers’ Home is a model for dignified long-term care as well as a cutting-edge example of resilience and sustainability. The combination of geothermal heating and cooling, a heat recovery system, a high-performance building envelope, a 0.7-megawatt rooftop solar array, and natural ventilation in all resident spaces yields a building that uses 71% less energy than allowed by code—and eliminates fossil fuels during typical operation. This forward-looking building not only meets the Commonwealth’s energy reduction goals, but also provides a healthy, comfortable environment for residents and staff.

Completion Dater: 2021 (est.)

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