Southeast Land Trust Headquarters Renovation

Southeast Land Trust (SELT) is a regional leader in proactively protecting and sustaining conservation areas within our communities for clean water, outdoor recreation, fresh food, wildlife, and healthy forests. To meet the growing response for their services, SELT chose to move their office headquarters to Epping, NH.

SELT promotes a sustainable message through their conservation efforts. Historic buildings are inherently sustainable. Rehabilitation maximizes the use of existing materials and infrastructures, reduces waste, and preserves the historic character. SELT acquired property which is on the NH State Register of Historic Places.

The headquarters will include a new addition to a rehabilitated John Prescott Chase Farmhouse, circa 1785. The newly outfitted office space is planning to use sustainable construction methods and materials. The project includes net zero energy use design, which is a building which produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year.

The objective is to provide a high performance building envelope with a tight air barrier and continuous thermal barrier. Using photovoltaic solar panels on the roof and in the landscape, the building will compensate their energy loads to reach their net zero goal. High efficiency windows, LED lighting, recycling centers, heat recovery ventilators and high efficiency mechanical systems are in the planning stages for installation.