BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 Conference Sessions

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Fossil-Fuel-Free at Last: Air-to-Water Heat Pump & Ventilation Retrofit

Air-to-water heat pumps have generated a lot of excitement for their enormous retrofit potential. This case study details one home’s retrofit to an AWHP system, which was developed by hydronics experts to... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Single Family

Design and Construction Process

Mechanical System and Lighting

Health and Comfort

To Electrify or Not to Electrify...?

Should we be trying to electrify everything? Is it practical for existing and new buildings with the technologies we have now? Two engineers with different takes on these questions will debate electrifying... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Single Family

Multifamily

New Construction

Retrofit

Mechanical System and Lighting

We're Still Green at Being Green! Lessons Learned On the Path

In today's climate crisis, it's imperative to change the way we design and build in order to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions. However, some of these changes to building design can introduce... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Commercial

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Scalable Multifamily Retrofits: Case Studies from Energiesprong & Two US Practitioners

Energisprong and practitioners selected by RetrofitNY are developing standardized and scalable methods to achieve whole-building near-zero energy retrofits while maintaining multifamily tenants in place.... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Multifamily

Retrofit

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Production and Storage

Policy

Finance

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: How We Achieve Massive Home-scale Climate Actions

Urgent climate goals require state programs such as Mass Save to better target comprehensive decarbonization – applying efficiency, electrification, demand response, and solar+storage – in an equitable... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Single Family

Multifamily

Retrofit

Cities, Communities, Place

Standards in Action*

Policy

Finance

Moving the ‘Masses’ toward Taller Timber Construction: Codes, Design Steps & Environmental Impacts

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. As members of the AEC industry, it is our responsibility to understand and... Full Description

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

NESEA Diversity Caucus
For people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, and women.
At BuildingEnergy Boston 2019, we organized the first-ever NESEA Diversity Caucus, bringing... Full Description
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Cities, Communities, Place

Policy

Business Practice

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Monday, March 23, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Zero Energy Buildings in Massachusetts: Saving Money from the Start

The number one obstacle to Zero Energy (ZE) buildings is the perception of increased cost. This session will debunk this myth. Utilizing readily available products, practices and technologies, Zero Energy... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Single Family

Multifamily

Institutional

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Policy

Finance

Monitoring Energy Performance & IAQ: Multifamily Energy Star vs. PHIUS+

This session will explore both high level monitoring protocols and in-depth performance results of energy and indoor environmental quality measurement within PHIUS+ multi-family buildings to outline... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

New Construction

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Health and Comfort

Standards in Action*

Estimating High Performance Assemblies: Lessons Learned from Single Family Retrofits & New Construction

One of the barriers to implementing high-performance building strategies is the lack of available information for labor costs. Without more information on the costs to build the new assemblies, many... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Single Family

Using District-Scale Heating to Accelerate Building Decarbonization & Resilience

District Energy has proven to be a resilient energy source able to lower carbon emissions in major cities and worthy of expansion. In this session, you’ll learn about strategies to govern district energy... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Institutional

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Production and Storage

Policy

Carbon Neutrality in Boston’s Buildings: Are We on a Path to Get There?

Boston’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050 will require deep energy reductions in 86,000 buildings. Among the challenges of reaching this goal are the feasibility of retrofitting at scale at a... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

New Construction

Design and Construction Process

Resiliency

Cities, Communities, Place

Policy

Finance

Sustainability Roadmap: Leading Organizational Change

The future of our planet depends on our ability to innovate, co-create collaboratively, and achieve levels of synergy that transform. Certification programs define objective performance targets, yet a gap... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Business Practice

Exhaust Fans for Building Ventilation: Improve IAQ & Reduce Moisture Problems

One of the most important measures in weatherization is adding building ventilation for removing indoor pollutants and maintaining good Indoor air quality. Learn about different types of ventilation fans,... Full Description

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Monday, March 23, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Multifamily Central Ventilation: A Tale of Two Cities

Central ventilation systems in multifamily buildings are a vital building system with significant implications for energy, sustainability and occupant health and safety. In this session, we compare and... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Multifamily

New Construction

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Mechanical System and Lighting

Health and Comfort

Home Energy Labeling: The New Granite Countertops of Real Estate

If insulation, air sealing, performance testing, and high-efficiency HVAC systems were as exciting to home buyers as granite countertops and walk-in closets, the demand for energy-efficient homes and energy... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Single Family

Building Envelope, Building Science

Health and Comfort

Standards in Action*

Policy

Finance

Embodied Carbon in Materials: Real Steps to Drawing Down Carbon in our Buildings

This session will provide concrete tools and answers on how to draw down carbon in our buildings starting today. We’ll focus on low-rise buildings, where most new construction and renovations happen and... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

New Construction

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Resiliency

Standards in Action*

Let’s Get REAL… Let’s Build the Zero Energy Retrofit Economy!

Jurisdictions throughout the NESEA region and beyond are actively pursuing the decarbonization of new and existing buildings. Through legislation, executive action, and performance goals in the building... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Multifamily

Commercial

Institutional

Cities, Communities, Place

Standards in Action*

Codes

Policy

Scalable Solutions to Triple Decker Retrofits

Triple-decker homes, built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to house immigrant workers, are an important New England housing resource. However, their energy performance is typically poor: they are... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Multifamily

Retrofit

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Health and Comfort

Cities, Communities, Place

Ensuring Residential Electrification is Beneficial: Tools to Manage Consumer Demand

As electrification grows as a tool to reach greenhouse-gas reduction goals, so do the risks of using electricity at times when it is most dirty and costly. To ensure that the benefits of long-term... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Single Family

Retrofit

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Production and Storage

Policy

Building Solar Equity: An Ecosystem Approach to a More Inclusive Renewable Energy Future

Strategic investment in renewable energy has the potential to address two of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change and growing inequality. It’s possible to source, finance, develop and... Full Description

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Resiliency

Cities, Communities, Place

Policy

Finance

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Building In & Building Out: Lessons Learned from Deep Energy Retrofits

Maine Passive House (MPH) has used two different strategies in retrofitting existing homes. One strategy involves adding insulation to the outside of the building; the other strategy is to add insulation to... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Single Family

Multifamily

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

What's So Different about Designing & Building Multi-Family Passive House?

There’s been a surge in interest in Passive House multi-family new construction in the Northeast. So what kind of differences are we really talking about from conventional projects? Can we educate our... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Multifamily

New Construction

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Standards in Action*

Expanding Access to Clean Energy in Affordable Housing

Solar, energy efficiency, Passive House – these are the tools of the clean energy transition. But who are these tools for and who can afford them? Owners, developers, and residents of affordable housing in... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Multifamily

New Construction

Health and Comfort

Cities, Communities, Place

Policy

Reduce, Reuse, Reclad

Today’s climate crisis requires us to bring innovation to every part of the construction process, including our use of existing building stock. Where older buildings can be retrofitted rather than replaced... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Commercial

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

The Last Frontier: Solutions for Fossil-Fuel-Free Domestic Hot Water

Natural gas moratoriums, consumer demand for fossil-fuel-free homes, Passive House standards: these are among the many reasons why people are increasingly opting for domestic hot water systems powered by... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Single Family

Multifamily

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Grid of the Future

Come hear the results of the “Grid of the Future” pilot program, which offered Maine homeowners a discount on smart appliances (heat pumps, water heaters, smart EV chargers, and batteries) in exchange for... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Single Family

Energy Production and Storage

Health and Comfort

'We Went LED' is Not Sufficient: The Place of Lighting in Our Low-Carbon Future

We're over ten years into the LED revolution, but mythology still motivates decision-making. Energy professionals need to know that "let's just go LED” leads to sub-optimal results. LED efficiency varies... Full Description

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Multifamily

Commercial

Institutional

Mechanical System and Lighting

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
ASHP Design & Equipment Selection in 2020

From retrofitting a ranch built in the 40’s to conditioning massive multi-family Passive House developments, air source heat pumps are being selected as the primary method to heat and cool an ever-growing... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Single Family

Multifamily

New Construction

Retrofit

Mechanical System and Lighting

Testing Intuition: Re-evaluating Transformative Reuse Projects

As architects, designers, builders, and community advocates, we value the adaptive reuse of buildings, but lack data to verify our design choices. We often operate on intuition to choose what to reuse and... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Commercial

Institutional

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Materials

Three Residential Zero Net Energy Renovations: Ten (or so) Years On

What have we learned about the experience of living in a deep energy renovated home? Come hear 3 pioneers in the deep energy renovation space talk about what it was like to create and now live in a zero net... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Single Family

Retrofit

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Production and Storage

Health and Comfort

Policy

Finch Cambridge: Truly Affordable Passive House

Finch Cambridge is the largest new construction affordable housing development in the City of Cambridge in 40 years. As a Passive House project with a 105 kW PV array on the roof, it will also be one of the... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Multifamily

New Construction

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Standards in Action*

Addressing Climate Resiliency: One Institutional Green Roof at a Time

Leading the charge on mitigation and adaptation strategies in the face of climate change are local institutions that have invested in improving campus and community resiliency. In this session,... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Climate Justice Is Social Justice: How We Win

We need to win! We are faced with the mortal challenge of saving ourselves and our planet in a short handful of years. To address such a complex problem as human-driven climate change, we need complex... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Cities, Communities, Place

Collaborating Our Way to Affordable & Supportive Housing in Western Massachusetts

The community of Northampton, Massachusetts, has explored a variety of policy approaches to encourage more affordable housing development within city limits. Three recently completed projects at three... Full Description

10:00 am to 11:30 am

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Extreme Makeover: The Plainfield NH Elementary School

This small New Hampshire town was faced with a host of issues with its 35,000 sf school. Key areas included IAQ problems, lack of temperature control, obsolete HVAC equipment, and high energy bills. A small... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Institutional

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Health and Comfort

If it's NOT Sustainable, It's NOT Affordable: Efficiency in Affordable Housing Stock

Transforming existing buildings is especially challenging with public-owned affordable housing buildings that rely on public funding and grants and must continue to house residents during construction. This... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Multifamily

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Production and Storage

Finance

Heat Pump Retrofits: Integrated Controls or Stand-Alone Solutions?

States across the region are setting ambitious heat pump targets to support their climate goals. But what will it look like to retrofit millions of homes with heat pumps as the primary heat source? This... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Single Family

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Mechanical System and Lighting

Policy

Unvented Roofs without Spray Foam: The Rest of the Story

Back in 2016, our team started a multiyear experiment, sponsored by Building America, on unvented roofs without spray foam or exterior rigid insulation, using an instrumented test hut with multiple test... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Hempcrete 101: Back to the Future for Natural, Carbon-Beneficial Buildings

Ready to put your specification where your aspiration is? Take a deep dive into the rich world of carbon-beneficial materials and help lead our industry in responsible design and construction solutions.... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Single Family

Multifamily

Retrofit

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Health and Comfort

Codes

Smart Affordable Housing through Passive House & Habitat for Humanity

Builders and developers, whether public or private, can learn from the success of Columbia County NY Habitat for Humanity, which uses Passive House methods to provide high-quality, healthy, and affordable... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Single Family

New Construction

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Standards in Action*

Reducing Embodied Carbon in Building Materials: How Local Governments Can Help

The purpose of this session is three-fold: To educate attendees about what embodied carbon is and how it's different from operational carbon. To discuss why reducing it is significant for global warming... Full Description

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Multifamily

Commercial

Institutional

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Codes

Policy

* Standards in Action (e.g., LBC, Net Zero, PH)Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Session Title Time Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Passive House Ventilation: Humidity Considerations in Multifamily Residential Buildings

The Passive House concept continues to scale up in North America, in both number and size of projects. Passive House buildings benefit from airtight construction, as minimizing winter infiltration directly... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Multifamily

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Solar & Storage: Making Commercial Retrofits Pay Off in Massachusetts

We will present new analyses showing how commercial facilities in Massachusetts (and beyond) can maximize energy savings and resiliency by installing solar + electric storage systems. We will review and... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Building Envelope, Building Science

Mechanical System and Lighting

Energy Production and Storage

Policy

Finance

Accounting for the Embodied Carbon of Residential Retrofits

This is a tale of two companies on a quest to account for the embodied carbon impacts of energy retrofits, and to incorporate these impacts into the project planning process. How do we decide when embodied... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Single Family

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Seeking Perfection in Air-Sealing

The invention of the blower door was an important step in minimizing thermal losses from buildings. By depressurizing the envelope and using tracer smoke, we can find the air leaks and seal them. A new... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Electric Everything!

Details coming soon...

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Transforming an Old Building into a Passive NZE House, Office & Community Classroom

This session will discuss the process of transforming an old masonry building in Newton MA into a PHIUS-certified net-zero office space and educational center for high-performance design and construction.... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Commercial

Retrofit

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope, Building Science

Materials

Energy Production and Storage

Health and Comfort

Net Zero Montpelier: A Municipal Case Study

Five years ago, the capital city of Montpelier, Vermont, set a bold and audacious goal: for the city’s municipal buildings and operations to be Net Zero by 2030. What can a small city (under 7,000 people)... Full Description

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Retrofit

Resiliency

Energy Production and Storage

Cities, Communities, Place

Finance

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