Special Pro Tour: Passive House Retrofit for Students and Professionals

exterior of Salem Heights

Event Date: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022


Salem, MA



In partnership with The Compliance Mentor Group, NESEA has been awarded a grant to run a year-long career exploratory program bringing students from Boston-area voc/tech schools together with professionals in the high performance building industry.

The program, titled BEST (Building Energy Scholars Team), will run during the 2022-2023 school year. The goal is to expose students to the work that we do and the possible career paths available to them while fostering connections to people already in the workforce.

On June 7, the BEST program organizers will offer a special Pro Tour of Salem Heights, a 283-unit affordable housing community located in Salem, Massachusetts. During our building tour, participants will learn how the interdisciplinary project team worked together to plan and executive this ambitious deep energy retrofit, which will bring the project to passive house standards.  This launch event is designed for a small group of students from the schools that will participate in the BEST program during the next academic year and for NESEA community members in the greater Boston area who would like to learn more about supporting or participating in the program next year. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please register to join us or email Florence at fmacgregor@nesea.org for more information.


The following companies from the Salem Heights project team will have their work/product featured during this special event:

  • Preservation of Affordable Housing

  • ICON Architecture

  • Building Evolution Corporation

  • Sunbug Solar

  • Seaman Engineering Corporation

  • Delphi Construction

  • Minotair Ventilation


Tentative Schedule


Attendees arrive at project site for check-in


Welcome and opening activities from NESEA & TCMG


Salem Heights presentation, led by Julie Klump from Preservation of Affordable Housing. Introduction of project team, history, and goals.

10:00 Attendees split into groups to rotate through 4 tour stations, each staffed by project team member(s) discussing their specific work on the overall project.



11:45 Lunch & facilitated debreif of tour
12:30 Final networking, closing


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at fmacgregor@nesea.org or 413-774-6051 x10.