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Greenbuild 2017

Posted August 1, 2017 by

 Greenbuild is the world’s largest event dedicated to sustainable building and is co-located this year with the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX). Join us and attend this remarkable week featuring 300 education sessions, workshops, summits and tours, 800 exhibiting companies and over 25,000 professionals from around the globe. Everyone. Everywhere. Every project. We are ALL IN.

Register today!


Green Roof Design & Installation Course

Posted July 17, 2017 by

Green Roof Design & Installation is a full-day course that provides detailed infomation on green roof benefits and technical standards, as well as design, installation, and maintenance best practice. Trainees of all levels will learn the tools necessary to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget. This course presents a great opportunity to connect with other industry professionals, and hear from green roofing experts like guest speaker Mark Winterer, Director of Operations for Recover Green Roofs.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Course Tuition & Manual: $524 – Group rates & corporate discounts available

Location: The NonProfit Centre
89 South Street, Suite 302
Boston, MA

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). Register at greenroofs.org/education


Tighe & Bond Publishes 2016 CT Water & Sewer Rate Surveys

Posted June 29, 2017 by

Data provides benchmarking tool for systems statewide

Westfield, Massachusetts – June 28, 2017 –Earlier this month, Tighe & Bond published the results of its most recent Connecticut Water and Sewer Rate Survey. Since 1998, Tighe & Bond has gathered and published Connecticut water and sewer user rates data that municipal government, regional authorities and private water suppliers can use as a benchmarking tool for comparing their rates against other suppliers in the state.

The survey, conducted across the state during 2016, includes typical annual homeowner water and sewer costs for most systems throughout Connecticut. It also provides information regarding rate structures and billing cycles. This can be particularly useful information when suppliers are considering adjustments to their current rates or rate structures.

What’s New This Year

Tighe & Bond is now teaming with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina School of Government to present the results of the firm’s rate study using a free, online rates dashboard developed, hosted and maintained by the Center. This gives users more flexibility in examining the survey data. Users can adjust the assumed annual usage that the comparison is based on, review conservation and affordability metrics, as well as compare annual bills. They can also compare rates by utility size, river basin, geographic area, and median household income.

Survey Results

The 2016 water survey indicates that annual water costs in Connecticut range from a low of $173 to a high of $932. The 2016 average was $509, and the median $500. Twelve percent of survey respondents had increased their rates since Tighe & Bond’s 2013 survey.

The 2016 sewer survey indicates that annual sewer costs in Connecticut range from a low of $130 to a high of $1,469. The 2016 average was $472, and the median $401.  Fourteen percent of survey respondents had increased their rates since Tighe & Bond’s 2013 survey.

Anyone can access the online rates dashboard, or request a copy of these survey results, by visiting https://www.tighebond.com/category/rate-surveys.

Tighe & Bond’s Blog for Water System Challenges

One of the most commonly reported challenges facing water systems across Connecticut is aging infrastructure. A rate structure designed to provide sustainable revenue for operations and capital programs is critical to ensure reliable, safe drinking water and effective sewer and fire protection. Tighe & Bond’s “Water Insights” blog located at https://www.tighebond.com/category/water-insights/ features numerous articles supporting municipal and water company concerns including “A Best Practices Guide for Evaluating Water & Sewer Rates Effectively”; “6 Steps to Get Funding for Your Water Infrastructure Project”; “7 Things to Consider When Comparing Water Rates” and “8 Reasons You Can Use to Gain Your Customers’ Support for Increasing Water Rates”. Each article includes brief charts to aid in stakeholder outreach.

About Tighe & Bond

Tighe & Bond, Inc. provides comprehensive engineering and environmental services to hundreds of public and private clients across the northeastern United States, with emphasis on the water/wastewater, education, energy, government, healthcare, industrial, and real estate markets.  A staff of more than 300 people work from offices located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Westwood, Pocasset, Worcester and Westfield, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Red Hook, New York.

An employee-owned firm, Tighe & Bond is invested in its clients’ successes. In business for over a century, the firm never stops evolving and improving to keep pace with client needs. Tighe & Bond is an Engineering News Record Top 500 Design firm, and has been recognized by Zweig Group as a best engineering firm to work for in the United States. Vision, technical expertise, exceptional service and strong client relationships have always been at its forefront.

For more information, please contact Marketing/Communications Specialist Debbie Whitney at 413-572-3207, or email at DJWhitney@tighebond.comwww.tighebond.com



Mackie Shea Receives Accolades from Chambers USA

Posted June 23, 2017 by

June 22, 2017  The Boston boutique environmental law firm of Mackie Shea, PC and its three shareholders were recognized again as one of the top environmental law firms in Massachusetts in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA Guide

The firm is known for its “respected practice, its litigation prowess and representation before state and federal agencies, its effective handling of licensing disputes, (and) broad experience in matters such as solid waste management, renewable energy plants, and residential and commercial developments.”  Clients commend the lawyers’ “excellence in strategic thinking, drafting of arguments and very successful litigation.”  Interviewees noted its deep-rooted expertise in Massachusetts environmental law.

Thomas A. Mackie, an environmental litigator, has “excellent technical knowledge and excellent client communications…, and is one of the best solid waste lawyers in the state, bar none.”

John F. Shea has a “very strong understanding and appreciation of municipal law and effective client service” across a broad range of environmental matters, with an expertise in solid waste, water supply and permitting.

Peter F. Durning is an “outstanding litigator” praised for his “sharp legal mind” and “impressive knowledge and work ethic” in permitting disputes, enforcement defense and contaminated property.

Chambers rankings are based on client interviews and opinions of colleagues and competitors assessing legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and business sense.


Upcoming June NEEP Events

Posted June 19, 2017 by

Check out these upcoming events, put on by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP).

Air-Source Heat Pump Market Transformation Workshop – June 27-28 – Andover, MA
Learn about some local initiatives that will drive ASHP adoption, see the newly-released NEEP Installer Guides, and participate in discussions on the integration of control systems as well as mid-stream program models. This two-day workshop will include active discussions on extending this market transformation initiative into the commercial sector. The full agenda and registrations are available here.

Strategic Electrification Summit – June 29 – Andover, MA
This summit will feature a keynote from David W. Cash, Ph.D., Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. Perfect for public officials, energy and air regulators, industry members, and efficiency advocates, there will also be discussion of recent research regarding opportunities to electrify segments of our building stock, transportation sector, and industry that are currently using fossil fuels. The full agenda and registrations are available here.