Kensington Investment Company

Kensington Investment Company Inc.


Building to Sustain the Earth’s Resources

At Kensington Investment Company, we are committed to sustainable and “green” construction and repositioning through environmentally responsible practices.

Sustainability is a leading factor in all of our decisions. From development and renovations to daily operations, sustainability is a key driver for the projects we take on.

Our new developments utilize modern technologies, smart controls, sustainably sourced materials and energy efficient systems to minimize the environmental impact and achieve LEED Gold Certifications.

Sustainable Systems

It is a continuous effort to renovate our older buildings with new sustainable systems including:

Environmentally Friendly

Our residential properties utilize environmentally friendly practices such as these:

Examples of KIC’s ‘Green’ Projects

24 Cottage Road,
Kensington, NH

Alnoba is New England’s premiere destination for corporate retreats, leadership development, wellness programs, and special events. Opened in the fall of 2016, Alnoba is a Passive House Standard-certified and built to reduce energy usage by 75%-90%. It is designed as a model for unrivaled environmental stewardship. Preservation Timber, a small, Maine-based company specializing in rescuing and restoring New England barns, provided the building’s 17th-century restored timber frames. Passive House architects and engineers at G-O Logic created a high-performance building that employs superinsulation, passive solar technology, and electric and geothermal systems, resulting in a grid-tied, net-zero-energy building (that is, ultra-low energy requiring little energy for heating or cooling). Alnoba is built to be the first Passive House gathering center in the Northeast.

361 Newbury Street,
Boston, MA

Renovations completed in 2015

The enhancements of this building’s 2015 renovation project included a new digital control system, for a more efficient HVAC system. We have replaced the original oil-fired boilers with a high-efficiency, gas-powered (clean burning and 95% efficient), water-cooled, chilled air system, and the inefficient steam-perimeter heat system has been replaced on the upper three floors. The old steel-frame, wired-glass roof monitors have been replaced with new double-insulated clear windows, and the original roof system containing asbestos has been completely replaced. The result of these mechanical improvements include an approximate 5% improved efficiency in cooling seasons and an approximate 15% improved efficiency in heating season utility costs. These improvements were needed to ensure that we were running the most energy-efficient building possible and aligning with KIC’s mission.

665 Washington Street, Boston, MA
LEED Gold Certified in 2014

Built in 2013 and LEED Gold Certified in 2014, The Kensington is an eco-conscious community. Materials and systems have been carefully selected to minimize impact on the environment and maximize the convenience, comfort, and health of our residents. Add to that the commuter-friendly location — steps from the Orange Line train — and the fact that The Kensington is smoke-free inside and out, and you’ll see why it is a model for both lifestyle and eco-friendly design. Among its most important sustainable features are:
  • Entirely smoke-free in apartment homes and all common areas
  • Energy-efficient centralized heating, cooling, and hot-water system
  • Free electric car-charging station
  • Efficiencies that include ENERGY STAR appliances, solar shade window coverings, and low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Sustainable materials, including low-VOC paint and carpet manufactured with recycled materials
  • All building lighting provided by energy-efficient LED and CFL fixtures
  • Occupancy sensors that control lighting in main common areas
  • Digital communication with residents to reduce paper waste
  • Single-stream recycling containers for paper/glass/metal collection and specialty recycling for toner, batteries, and bulbs
  • Use of housekeeping and consumable products such as trash bags, paper towels, and copier paper manufactured with recycled materials
  • Use of “green” cleaning products approved by Green Seal or U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE)

Pinnacle Leadership & Team Development 199 South Road Kensington, NH
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner & The Food Barn
244 Amesbury Road Kensington, NH

Pinnacle’s pristine, 400-acre campus is dedicated to developing leaders, supporting inner-city youth, team-building offsites, and other charity endeavors. The Farm at Eastman’s Corner is a year-round farm and farm market that specializes in the production and sale of local, fresh produce, baked goods, and prepared food. In 2012, ReVision Energy—a firm specializing in the design, installation, and service of solar-energy systems—was retained to install solar panels across these two properties. In all, ReVision installed 152 solar panels at Pinnacle, 51 solar panels at The Farm, 264 panels at the Eastman Goat Barn, and 48 panels at the Lewis Farm Food Barn. As a result, 95% of all electrical usage at these properties is generated by solar power, and excess power from Pinnacle and the Goat Barn is being net-metered to other Pinnacle Leadership Foundation meters. Other energy-saving measures implemented at these properties include drilling a well to offset the use of plastic water bottles. Installing two electric car charging stations at each The Farm and Alnoba. Additional projects include the purchase of electric vehicles to transport supplies around the properties.

347 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Renovations completed in 2020

The enhancements of this building’s 2020 renovation project helped modernize an old building and significantly reduced the buildings energy consumption.  The HVAC project consisted of 3 new 95% efficient condensing natural gas boilers, two roof top cooling towers, water source heat pumps, and smart controls.  The new system provides much more control throughout the building providing a more comfortable building and reduced energy consumption. The lighting project was completed in partnership with MassSave to significantly reduce the buildings energy consumption.  The project replaced all of the old florescent lights with new LED lights and added to new occupancy sensor light switches.

28 Exeter Street, Boston, MA
Renovations started in 2021 and ongoing

The enhancements of this building’s 2020 renovations include:
  • 6 electrical vehicle charging stations
  • Roof top solar panels
  • New smart HVAC control system with VSD drives alternating pumps
  • HVAC upgrade from 2 pipe fan coils to combination heat pumps air handlers
  • New energy efficient LED lighting
  • Replacement of old plumbing fixtures with new efficient water saving fixtures
  • New energy efficient appliances
Installation of Solar Panels at KIC Residential and Commercial Buildings:
Renovations started in 2020 and ongoing Roof Top Solar Panels have been installed or scheduled to be installed at:
  • 28 Exeter St, Boston MA
  • 14-15 Argyle Terrace, Boston MA
  • 1912 Sidewinder, Park City Utah
  • 311 State St, Park City Utah

1775 Prospector Dr
Park City, UT 84060

Park City’s first and only LEED Gold-certified private, professional Executive Suites. We offer exceptional views and a central location for all your favorite mountain adventures. Enjoy all the comforts of your home office in a beautifully designed mountainside workspace with like-minded individuals. Including a shared conference room, kitchen and common space.

1775 Prospector Dr
Park City, UT 84060

1775 Prospector Drive is a three-story 7,500 square foot commercial building completed in December 2021.  The ground floor space is home to Pretty Bird, a Nashville Hot Chicken style restaurant and the third floor is home to Elevated Workspace Solutions, the KIC owned and operated co-working space. This green project achieved LEED Gold certification, with solar panels, efficient mechanical and electrical systems, and an innovative Cross Laminated Timber system, a first for Utah. Additionally, the project was designed to incorporate walkability and quality work-life balance, with close proximity to free bus transportation and a direct connection to the historic “Rail Trail” system.

1791 Prospector Dr
Park City, UT 84060

This green project achieved LEED Gold certification, with solar panels, efficient mechanical and electrical systems, and an innovative Cross Laminated Timber system, a first for Utah. Additionally, the project was designed to incorporate walkability and quality of life, with close proximity to free bus transportation and a direct connection to the historic “Rail Trail” system.