Smuttynose Brewing Co. Named AEE Comprehensive Project of the Year
HAMPTON, NH Smuttynose Brewing Company's new, purpose-built headquarters on Towle Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire, has received a major award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the way it uses, or doesn't use, energy.
The AEE Comprehensive Project of the Year award recognizes outstanding innovation and commitment to sustainability energy practices from construction projects in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. Only 14 projects were nominated from among thousands of built throughout New England. Among other contenders, Smuttynose beat out recent renovations at the TD Garden.
Brewing beer can use a lot of energy, with the two largest draws being malting barley and making glass bottles, happening outside of Smuttynose's control. Armed with that knowledge, Smuttynose owners, Peter Egelston and Joanne Francis made as many choices as they could to reduce energy usage. "From the outset, we knew we had one opportunity to build our new brewery, so we made decisions with our long-term future in mind," said Egelston. "Reducing our energy use is so vital to Smuttynose's success and to the stable future of ecosystems where our raw materials, like barley and hops, are grown."
A low-demand lighting system, multiple heat and cold recovery devices, and, most significantly, a tight building envelope and above required insulation are some of the many features that won the award for Smuttynose.
Nominated projects were scored independently by four different judges; with points being weighted under the following criteria: Breadth of Measures (25 percent), Savings (20 percent), Innovation (15 percent), Process (15 percent), Quantification (15 percent), and Completeness (10 percent). Smuttynose's project was selected from 14 nominations from AEE membership.