BuildingEnergy Boston 2019 Conference Sessions

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Please note: Curators are finalizing details.  Expect additional details and some changes to session titles and descriptions.

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:30am
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
The Cannabis Cultivation Conundrum: Lessons and Insights from the Design Studio to the Growroom 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Commercial

Design & Construction Process

Resiliency

Codes

Policy

Connecting the Dots: How do we align policy, programs and funding to meet climate goals? 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Multifamily

Resiliency

Codes

Policy

Finance

VRF Real World Applications Design and Installation

The HVAC industry is being revolutionized by the radically unconventional VRF inverter heat pump technology.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Multifamily

Commercial

Institutional

Health & Comfort

Design & Construction Process

Tools of the Trade for Building Diagnostics

How do you go about diagnosing a sick, leaky, dripping, humid, dry, or uncomfortable building?

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Building Envelope

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Getting Schooled on Passive House 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Building Envelope

Institutional

Design & Construction Process

Business Practice

Standards in Action**

Developing Leadership Effectiveness: The Superpower for Excellence in Design

Leadership effectiveness is keystone to an organization’s success, but not always a skillset supported in the education of design professionals.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Business Practice

Affordable multi-family housing Net Zero AND Passive House? Challenges, opportunities, mistakes, and solutions

Twin Pines Housing, a 29-unit affordable housing project in West Lebanon, NH, addresses a challenging combination of long-term capital costs, incentives, financial requirements, and limited budget... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Multifamily

Standards in Action**

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:30pm
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Healthy for People & Planet: Why Smart Material Choices Are Essential for High Performing Buildings

Whether net zero, Passive House, or other certification is your objective, incorporating a healthy materials strategy is as essential as figuring out how you will design the building envelope and... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Envelope

Single Family

Multifamily

Commercial

Design & Construction Process

Beyond Energy*

Decarbonization in the Region: Strategies for Success 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Envelope

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Cities

Standards in Action**

Codes

Policy

Capital Improvement Plan

The Cambridge Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan (MFIP) is a 43-building (1.77 million square feet), 13-year capital planning program designed to achieve a low carbon, energy efficient building... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Institutional

Retrofit

Energy Production & Storage

Resiliency

Standards in Action**

Policy

Survivability

Storms, drought, wildfires, heat waves, extended power outages, terrorism and cyber-terrorism: For many reasons, there is growing interest in ensuring that our buildings will keep occupants safe... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Envelope

Multifamily

Institutional

New Construction

Health & Comfort

Resiliency

The Art and Science of Cost-Effective High-Performance Buildings: How Data Informs Outcomes 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Envelope

Health & Comfort

Beyond Energy*

Air Source Heat Pumps: Measured/Implied Performance and Best Practices 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Multifamily

Commercial

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 3:30pm
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Cost and Energy Optimization for Market Rate Net Zero Multifamily 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Building Envelope

Multifamily

New Construction

Design & Construction Process

Standards in Action**

Regenerative Design and Practice in West Baltimore 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Building Envelope

Retrofit

Health & Comfort

Energy Production & Storage

Beyond Energy*

Resiliency

Cities

Finance

Biophilia is Not Exotic 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Building Envelope

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Health & Comfort

Design & Construction Process

Beyond Energy*

Resiliency

Cities

Quebec City’s Eco-District: Low-Energy, Affordable, Sustainable & Cost-Effective 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Building Envelope

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Multifamily

Retrofit

Cities

Next Gen Passive House: New Technologies, Strategies & Processes

The Passive House standard is a critical tool for reducing our carbon footprint, yet it remains largely underutilized.

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Building Envelope

New Construction

Design & Construction Process

Business Practice

Resiliency

Standards in Action**

Pull Back the Curtain! What is Really Happening in Your Boiler Room?

New Ecology, Inc. installed low-cost monitoring equipment in over 100 buildings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in Fall 2016. Over two years later, there is a wealth of information to share!

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Multifamily

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Friday, March 15, 2019 - 8:30am
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Timber's Role in Modern Urbanization

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers.... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Multifamily

Commercial

Institutional

New Construction

Design & Construction Process

Resiliency

Codes

Energy Storage in Massachusetts: New Incentives, Programs and Policy 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Multifamily

Commercial

Institutional

Energy Production & Storage

Policy

Finance

Achieving Energy Performance Goals: A Multifamily Case Study 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Multifamily

Combining Technology, Beauty and Meaning: New Net Zero Energy Office Building 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Building Envelope

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Commercial

New Construction

Design & Construction Process

Resiliency

Airtight, Cellulose-Insulated Assemblies: Simple Advice from the Woods of Maine

What is the secret to designing and building foam-free, airtight and vapor-open assemblies that perform as promised?

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Building Envelope

New Construction

Retrofit

Design & Construction Process

Balancing Energy and IAQ: Case Study of a LEED Home Retrofit 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Single Family

Retrofit

Health & Comfort

Beyond Energy*

Standards in Action**

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Carbon Drawdown Now! Prefabricated, Carbon-Storing Building Components Built Before Your Eyes

Buildings can be the planet’s sixth carbon sink, and making “drawdown buildings” may be much less complicated than you think.

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Design & Construction Process

Beyond Energy*

Resiliency

Air Infiltration Reduction Testing: 6 Case Studies for Proven Energy Savings 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Building Envelope

Multifamily

Commercial

New Construction

Retrofit

Design & Construction Process

Cities as Clean Energy Leaders, Innovators, and Practitioners 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Energy Production & Storage

Cities

Policy

Design & Construction Sequence for High Performance Enclosures 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Building Envelope

Design & Construction Process

Old IS New: Pathways to a Low Carbon World

Our fastest path to a low carbon world is smart rapid affordable retrofits to the billions of buildings which already exist.

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Retrofit

Beyond Energy*

Cities

How Can Public Policy Promote Multifamily Passive House Projects?

The affordable multifamily housing market is leading the expansion of Passive House in larger scale construction, supported by public policy and influenced by competitive state financing.

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Multifamily

New Construction

Standards in Action**

Codes

Policy

Finance

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel Case Study: Diverting Food Waste for Energy Production

The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel’s comprehensive program for diverting waste from disposal includes recycling in both... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Commercial

Institutional

Energy Production & Storage

Beyond Energy*

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Friday, March 15, 2019 - 11:45am
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Anti-Oppression Caucus 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:00pm
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Passive House High Rises 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Data for "Smarter" Home Evaluations 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Building Envelope

Single Family

Multifamily

Retrofit

Standards in Action**

Policy

Pump It Up: Retrofitting Homes through Weatherization, PV, and Heat Pumps

Come hear the results of a variety of innovative pilot programs in several states delivering deep energy savings to homeowners through access to renewable energy, heat pumps, and weatherization,... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Single Family

Retrofit

Energy Production & Storage

Finance

Local Wood in Practice: A Conversation across the Material Stream

Building professionals have an essential role to play in forest conservation; they hold the power to shape forested landscapes through the materials they consume on behalf of their clients.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Design & Construction Process

Cities

Codes

Clean Energy & Resiliency for Small Towns 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Resiliency

Cities

Dealing with Dust in the Wind: New EPA Guidance for Home Air Cleaners

After an extensive review of current epidemiological literature, the US EPA guidance for air cleaners in the home was extensively updated and reissued in July 2018.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Single Family

Multifamily

Health & Comfort

* Beyond Energy (water, carbon, materials, etc.)
** Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Friday, March 15, 2019 - 2:30pm
Session Title Time Speakers Areas of Focus
Resilience Gaps & Clean Energy Solutions at State-Owned Medical & Residential Care Facilities

In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources contracted with Arup to conduct an Energy Resilience Assessment for 12 state-owned care facilities which house difficult-to-relocate... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Institutional

Resiliency

A Common “Cents” Approach to Red List “Free” Materials 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Institutional

New Construction

Retrofit

Health & Comfort

Design & Construction Process

Beyond Energy*

Standards in Action**

How Big Is Small?

Small is the new Big for sustainability. High utility in modest space saves energy, water, and materials, embodied and in use.

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Single Family

Multifamily

New Construction

Design & Construction Process

Cities

Carbon Free Boston

The City of Boston has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050.

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cities

Affordable Net Zero Urban Infill Home Ownership 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Building Envelope

Mechanical Systems & Lighting

Multifamily

New Construction

Health & Comfort

Design & Construction Process

Cities

Finance

How to Air-Seal "Attics" in Townhouses and Other Flat-Roofed Buildings 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Multifamily

Commercial

Retrofit

XLS