Blog : Chinburg Properties Green Story

By Madelaine | Mar 4, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Chinburg Properties' Green Story below and learn more about what makes them green! To read all of Chinburg Propertie's certification documents, click here.

Founded in 1987 by University of New Hampshire graduate Eric Chinburg, Chinburg Builders has since grown to become one of the Seacoast’s most trusted and recognizable building companies in the areas of residential and commercial construction. Over 25 years the company has expanded into land development, general contracting and property management. The company recently changed its name to Chinburg Properties, with the tagline: Develop, Build, Manage, to more accurately reflect the expansion of the business. Along the way, the company has embraced a decidedly green ethos and progressive development philosophy oriented to the region’s unique history and local heritage.

In 2002, Chinburg began devoting more attention to building Energy Star homes featuring myriad efficiency-guided measures and features. In 2010, the company made a commitment to begin rendering all of their new homes to Energy Star standards. The latest green milestone was the successful development, build out and sale of 19 homes at Laurel Court, Portsmouth’s first 100% high performance home neighborhood. These homes earned an average of 52 points on the HERS rating system, with an average energy savings of $1,200 per year per home.

In 1997 Eric Chinburg developed a vision and a passion for the redevelopment of New Hampshire’s crumbling mill buildings. Chinburg Properties has now recycled historic treasures paramount to the Granite State’s unique industrial and architectural legacies, including Newmarket Mills in Newmarket, Millport in Portsmouth, Washington Mills and Cocheco Mills in Dover, and Canal Street Mill in Somersworth; 11 mills in all. “We’ve learned a lot in the process of saving these buildings,” says Jen Chinburg. “Newmarket Mills is the culmination of this knowledge, fixing abandoned buildings that are falling apart but have inherent beauty and restoring them to a place of usefulness and importance in the community.”

Meanwhile, residents enjoy trash and recycling chutes, and single stream recycling means recyclables don’t need to be separated into paper, plastic, and glass containers. Energy efficient in-floor radiant heat is used to heat the apartments. The concrete floors were produced in Thomaston, Maine, while the sand and stone aggregate came from a local sand pit.

Approximately 75 to 85 percent of all debris from demolition is segregated and recycled including all metal and most wood. The cabinets were purchased through a green company that promotes "95 percent verified sustainable American hardwoods.” All lighting is energy efficient CFL bulbs and/or T-8 Fluorescents, while of the common area lighting – including hallways and stairs – are on motion activated sensors.

In addition to renovating mills, Chinburg Properties puts an emphasis on "cluster communities," which feature vibrant green spaces. “By building “right sized” houses on smaller lots in green subdivisions, you can preserve more green space and not, for example, having families live individually on 2 acres each. The desired outcome is to link to existing infrastructure and systems.”

Over the years, Chinburg Properties’ reputation as a premier homebuilder of distinct, high quality properties has earned the firm numerous awards for excellence and national recognition. In 2012 the company received Build NH and Visualizing Density Awards, and a New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Award in 2013. All the while, the company remains committed to delivering quality that meets – and exceeds – customer expectations.

GREEN DREAMS: The newest mill redevelopment in the portfolio is “Cocheco Mills”, in downtown Dover. The first phase is now nearing completion with 74 apartments that are already 100% leased for occupancy in July 2013. Phase 2 will be completed in 2014 adding 75 more apartments, and new businesses, to the property.

Green Alliance members recieve $250 toward any green upgrade option from Chinburg! To join the Green Alliance, click here