The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade show is the region's leading event for professionals and practitioners working to build a more sustainable world. It brings over 2,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals together for three days to learn from and share ideas with each other.
NESEA members are doing incredible work all over the Northeast. Local events, made up of Pro Tours, workshops, and other events inspired by members and hosted by NESEA, are an opportunity to showcase that work. These events occur throughout the year from Pennsylvania to Maine and are regional complements to the BuildingEnergy conferences in Boston and New York in March and October. We hope to see you at a local event soon!
This Pro Tour takes attendees into FineHomebuilding’s ProHOME, a single-family residence specifically designed as a teaching tool for builders and designers dedicated to producing quality buildings that will appeal to clients both in terms of energy performance and comfort and functionality
Join NESEA for a tour of Bayside Anchor, a recently-completed 45 unit apartment building in downtown Portland, ME. The building is a joint venture of the Portland Housing Authority and Avesta Housing, designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and built by Wright-Ryan Construction. The project originated as the winning entry in “Lowering the Cost of Housing,” a 2013 national competition organized by Deutche Bank.
This Pro Tour will bring attendees to the Williams College campus for a close look at an academic center built to the stringent standards of the Living Building Challenge. This project consists of two distinct parts, combining new-construction with a deep energy retrofit of a college building dating back to 1793.
Join NESEA for a tour of the Distillery North, the largest Passive House in New England: a cost-competitive 30 unit apartment building located in South Boston. This is the first phase of a three phase project that will eventually span three buildings, 260,000 sq.ft, and an entire city block.
NESEA returns to central New York for a Pro Tour of the LEED Platinum (pending) MacArthur Elementary School. This new construction, high performance school is the result of a collaborative, stake-holder driven design process led by Ashley McGraw Architects. Pro Tour attendees will learn about the history of the building and the efficiency and resiliency strategies that were integrated into the project.
Tour a high performance retrofit in Midcoast Maine, led by Michael Maines Residential Design. Working within the client’s strict budget, the project team has created a completely transformed home with a predicted near-zero energy usage, despite the cold winters and variable humidity of its coastal Maine location.
Attendees of this event will get to tour two very different projects: a newly construction net-zero house and a former grist mill, built in 1850, that has been converted into a residence and offices through a phased deep-energy retrofit process.
This Pro Tour will bring attendees into the recently completed, net-positive headquarters of SunCommon, a company providing photovoltaic array financing, leasing and installation in Vermont and New York State. Hosted by the project team from Maclay Architects and Energy Balance Inc., this half-day tour of the 15,000 square-foot project will highlight the design process and unique challenges of a commercial developer "built to suit" project while providing insights into the performance data from the building’s first year of occupancy.
Attendees on this Pro Tour will learn how the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) design for this large institutional building developed without increasing costs, despite the cold climate and high-energy needs of the health and science equipment the occupants rely on.
What is a Pro Tour?
BuildingEnergy Pro Tours are half-day tours of high performance projects all over the Northeast led by members of the project teams behind them, concluding with a reception and workshop or Q&A session. Pro Tours are an opportunity for sustainable building professionals to get to see projects in progress with their own eyes, share their knowledge and learn from their colleagues.
NESEA will host Pro Tours in 2017, with the series starting in March and ending in December. Pro Tours are typically held on the first or third Friday of the month, from 1 - 5:30 PM. The cost to attend a Pro Tour is $25 for NESEA members, and $35 for non-members, and proceeds support NESEA programming.
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