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Conference News

Get Ready To Transform Existing Buildings

BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 is next Wednesday–Friday, August 12–14! Join us for deep dive into this year's conference theme of Transforming Existing Buildings.

You can now visit our virtual event platform, Pathable, to see the schedule of events, explore the trade show, and learn about some of the great interactivity features that this new format provides (although you won't have access to the full suite of features until after you register).

The price of a full conference pass will increase by $144 for members on Friday at 5pm, so don't wait — register now! Questions? Email us at

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All Are Welcome at NESEA Night 2020!

We hope you'll join us next Thursday, August 13, from 4:30–5:30pm for NESEA Night 2020. If you are not planning to attend BuildingEnergy Boston, you can register for NESEA Night here, free of charge.

In addition to the live presentation of NESEA's annual awards, there will be trivia, prizes, and a chance to send your best wishes to the award recipients:

The Kate Goldstein Emerging Leader Award award recognizes a NESEA Member early in their career for their current engagement and their demonstrated potential to continue to meaningfully affect the future of NESEA.

In 2014, James Moriarty co-founded Sustainable Comfort with the mission of creating thoughtful, sustainable, and impactful buildings. He has a passion for understanding the systems perspective of complex environmental, economic, and infrastructure issues in his personal and professional life. Read more...

Since 1993, the Distinguished Service Award this award has annually recognized a NESEA Member who has made a significant contribution of time and service to the organization.

Marc Sternick is an architect who specializes in high-performance buildings. He has used this expertise to design and assist in the master planning of over a dozen affordable housing developments, in addition to his work on other types of commercial and institutional buildings. Read more...

Following the festivities, we invite you to join us at 6pm for the virtual afterparty, hosted by our friends on the Building Science + Beer Show! Next week's episode of the popular web series will focus on Kitchen Ventilation and will feature guest speakers Kyle Macht, Ben Bogie, Ross Trethewey.

Limited Early Bird Passes Available for BuildingEnergy NYC

BuildingEnergy NYC 2020 will take place as a virtual conference and trade show on Wednesday & Thursday, September 23 & 24. This year's theme is Carbon.

Through two days of intensive learning plus 365-days of access to recorded content, we’ll push your learning curve on making buildings operate at peak efficiency and examine how these high-performing projects can operate effectively on a rapidly decarbonizing grid.

View the session lineup and register today! Early bird passes are $135 for NESEA Members (you must log in to receive member pricing).

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Other NESEA News

Apply to Serve on NESEA's Board of Directors

Each year, NESEA Members elect individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. This year, we've formalized a board member job description and added an open application period to make the process of running more transparent and accessible.

The Kate Goldstein Fund for Emerging Professionals will be available to provide assistance for individuals with the talent and commitment to serve on the board who would otherwise be barred for financial reasons (e.g., expenses associated with traveling to/from Board events).

To learn more about serving on the Board, watch a virtual Happy Hour about NESEA Board service hosted earlier this year by several current Board Members.

Complete the application here (log in to view the form). The deadline to apply has been extended to August 30. Please email questions to

Welcome to Our Newest Business Member

For a directory of all business and academic members, visit the NESEA Business Member Directory. Learn more about business and academic membership on our website.

Jobs Board & Resume Bank

NESEA's online Career Center is a resource for members who are looking to find jobs or recruit new talent. Members seeking jobs can post to our Resume Bank. Business and academic members can search the resume bank for new hires and post open positions on our Jobs Board. Here are a few of this month's featured jobs:

Designer/Architect at Vermont Integrated Architecture

Middlebury, VT - Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C. (VIA) seeks a mid-level designer or architect with 5-10 years of experience with design and construction documentation for sustainable residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Position requires excellent communication skills, strong proficiency with Revit production of technical drawings, detailed knowledge of construction documentation and related systems, and a willingness to collaborate. Learn more...

Lead Carpenter at Kolbert Building

Portland, ME - Dan Kolbert Building & Renovations specializes in bringing new technology and techniques to our work, whether it is restoring historic homes or new construction. Our building practices are environmentally conscientious. We are looking to replace our lead carpenter in August or September. Solid carpentry skills and ability to run small to medium sized jobs with 1-2 other carpenters are required. Learn more...

Passive House/Senior Building Systems Engineer at SWA

Boston, MA - Steven Winter Associates is hiring a Senior Passive House/Building Systems Engineer to contribute to its newly founded office in Boston. This position will support the firm in growing existing building energy service capabilities in the Northeast market. The ideal candidate should be passionate, experienced, and knowledgeable about high-performance buildings, in particular Passive House. Certified professionals in International or US standards are welcome to apply. Learn more...

Community News & Events

We’d like to help spread the word about upcoming member events and news items. Submit news items via this form or post an event to our community event calendar, and we’ll try to include it in the next Members Monthly.

Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: Getting to Zero With Embodied Carbon

Where: Online

When: Wednesday, August 5, 4pm–6pm

Cost: $35

Join Built Environment Plus for the Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: Getting to Zero With Embodied Carbon, which brings together members of the Materials Carbon Action Network to explore the future of embodied carbon. Through five-minute lightning talks, experts will discuss the future of materials that prioritize embodied carbon, important materials to consider, and other critical design challenges. Learn more...

2020 New Gravity Housing Conference

Where: Online

When: Wednesday–Friday, August 5–7

Cost: $150

The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the coming decades. At the same time, the need for quality affordable housing that can withstand increasingly extreme and volatile weather continues to grow. Building healthy, safe, and accessible places to live that will both limit and adapt to climate impacts is a key challenge for the 21st century. This cutting edge conference hosted by Green Building United will explore the tools, techniques, and practices that the building community is using to address this challenge. Learn more...

ASES Webinar: The 2020 National Solar Tour

Where: Online

When: Thursday, August 6

Cost: Free

Join the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) as they cover what the National Solar Tour is, how you can participate by hosting or attending, and how it will be a little different this year. Narelle Kipple with ASES and Co-Director of the Tour will walk us through a presentation while Carly Cipolla with ASES and Annie Wolf with SUN will be doing a live Q&A after the presentation. Don't miss out on learning about all of the new events the Tour is offering this year! Learn more...

RESNET HERS Rater Training

Where: Online

When: September 14–October 16

Cost: $2595 (funding available)

NEHERS offers high quality HERS rater training classes approximately 2-3 times per year. Their comprehensive package has everything a student needs to be well prepared to become a HERS rater. HERS Rater Training is the first step towards Rater Certification. Early Bird Discount deadline is August 18. Learn more...

Triple Decker Design Challenge Proposal Deadline

MassCEC’s Triple Decker Design Challenge is soliciting proposals from design/build firms, architects, and other qualified applicants to identify replicable and scalable all-electric triple-decker energy retrofit approaches. The program seeks to set a new and scalable standard for transitioning these iconic New England dwellings into high-performing, low-carbon buildings.

MassCEC will be awarding 9 winning submissions, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000, with a $10,000 People's Choice Award. Student teams are invited to compete for a winning prize of $5,000. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 6. Learn more...

UMass Amherst Launches Offshore Wind Professional Certificate

Starting in Fall 2020, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, in association with the Clean Energy Extension, is offering a professional certificate in offshore wind to professionals and graduate students seeking to up-skill and broaden their knowledge to address the needs of the offshore wind industry.

This certificate covers the broad range of disciplines involved in this industry, including technology and engineering, development and finance, supply chain management, marketing, environmental impact, business logistics, law, and policy. 9 credits of coursework are completed through online courses. Learn more...

Recap of NESEA's Hempcrete 101 Webinar

Thank you to Maeve Arthur, a policy intern at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, for participating in our June pre-conference webinar, Hempcrete 101: Back to the Future for Natural, Carbon-Beneficial Buildings, and wrote an article on the issues that were highlighted.

"Look around you: how much of your surrounding environment was built using concrete? For many of us, the answer is most of it. Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. It is also a long-standing source of environmental degradation and human health complications. Around the world, more than 4 billion tons of concrete are produced each year, accounting for nearly 8 percent of global CO2 emissions." Read the full article here.

In case you missed the webinar, you can view the recording here. If you want to take a deeper dive into this topic, don't miss Hempcrete 201: Take It to the Next Level with a Natural, Carbon-Beneficial Material, which will run as an accredited conference session at BuildingEnergy Boston next Friday, August 14 at 8am. Register here.

Connecticut Green Bank Launches New "Green Liberty Bond"

As part of the continued celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Connecticut Green Bank is launching a new program to increase and accelerate the flow of capital into markets that energize the green economy and extend the reach of its benefits to all of society - the Green Liberty Bond. To confront climate change and provide all of society a healthier and more prosperous future, we need to enable and empower everyone to support our transition to a zero carbon economy.

With a goal of achieving another order of magnitude of investment in Connecticut’s green economy, we will need massive amounts of capital – from business, government, and families. Everyone needs to be involved to confront climate change and the Green Liberty Bond is one way to unite in support of our clean energy future! Read more...

Featured Member Benefit

Financing Through VSECU's VGreen Loan Program

Are you or your customers looking to finance an energy efficiency or renewable energy home project? One of your NESEA Member benefits is access to affordable financing for solar installations, electric vehicle purchases, insulation work, and more through VSECU's VGreen program. Learn more...

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