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Conference News

Submit a Session Proposal by Thursday, December 10

In honor of the inquisitive learner in all of us, the theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2021 is Getting at WHY.

Why submit a proposal? If your proposal is accepted as a conference session, your projects, innovations, ideas, and speakers will come before a full audience of sustainable building and energy professionals eager to learn from your experiences. Learn how to craft a strong proposal for Getting at WHY here.

The deadline to submit proposals is next Thursday, December 10. You can use this planning sheet to prepare your proposal. Proposals will be reviewed and vetted by a volunteer NESEA-Member committee to ensure that sessions are data-driven, diverse, and genuinely useful.

Submit a Proposal

2021 Conference Dates Confirmed

Mark your calendar! BuildingEnergy Boston 2021 will take place Monday–Wednesday, May 3–5, 2021. The format of the event (virtual vs. in-person) is TBD.

We are also excited to announce that BuildingEnergy NYC 2021 will take place on Wednesday & Thursday, September 29 & 30, 2021. Save the date here.


Upcoming Pro Tours

Virtual Pro Tour: Net Zero Energy Solar Village

Friday, December 4, 12:30–2:30pm: Join us online this Friday for the last Pro Tour of the year: a net zero energy solar village. This women-led development comprises 20 units of modular housing in NY’s Finger Lakes region. Homes are produced locally, assembled to strict quality and energy use standards, and provide living wage manufacturing jobs. They feature SIP (structural insulated panels) walls, heat pumps, ERVs, and solar roof 10 kW PV arrays over membrane roofing.

Just like an in-person Pro Tour, this event will mix presentation with small group conversation, giving participants the chance to meet project team members and one another. There are a limited number of tickets available, so don't wait to register. To receive member pricing, you must log in to your NESEA account.

Learn More & Register

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Other NESEA News

We've Met Our Match, But Not Our Goal!

Thank you to all who have supported NESEA with a donation or pledge since we launched our Annual Appeal last month. With your help, we met our $7,500 matching donation from NESEA Business Member Abode Energy Management!

Between donations from the match and an impressive pledge from current and former NESEA Board Members, we're over halfway to our FY21 fundraising goal of $50,000.

Donations to our Annual Appeal are a vital part of NESEA's existence, allowing us to keep registration affordable, implement measures to make NESEA more inclusive, and curate peer-reviewed content. Fundraising will be particularly essential to maintaining our financial health this year, as economic uncertainty persists and we recover from a fiscal year with a 10% net loss, a loss associated with our inability to hold our major events in person.

If you haven't already done so, please consider making as generous a gift as you can before the end of the calendar year in support of our continued resilience and our shared vision: a built environment in the Northeast that is climate neutral, adaptive and resilient, energy independent, architecturally inspiring, and supportive of connection and community.

Make a Donation

FY20 Annual Report: Resilience Under Pressure

From NESEA's Executive Director, Miriam Aylward:

Since its founding in 1975, NESEA has grown, matured, and endured. The thoughtful and loyal community we have cultivated was essential to our ability to meet the unique challenges of this past year. I'm incredibly proud of what we've accomplished together and pleased to be able to share some of the highlights with you. Read the full report...

Scam Alert

We were recently alerted that several members have received messages via contact forms on their websites with offers to sell them "NESEA's Email & Contact Lists." Please know that these messages are scams. These companies are not affiliated with NESEA, and the lists they offer are not NESEA contact lists. We do not make our lists available for resale.

We encourage you to let us know whenever you see something suspicious. Please contact Katie Schendel, NESEA Membership Manager, at kschendel@nesea.org with any questions. Our apologies for this inconvenience.

Welcome to Our Newest Business Member

  • Parasol Structures, Inc. - Irvington, NY
    Parasol is a market leader in the design, fabrication and installation of solar parking structures.

To see all business and academic members, visit NESEA's 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 for jobs or to 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:

Senior Energy Engineer at EN-POWER GROUP

New York, NY - The Senior Energy Engineer designs, develops, and evaluates energy conservation measures in complex multifamily and commercial facilities using their understanding of building HVAC, domestic hot water, process loads, lighting, and envelope systems. After conducting thorough assessments of building energy requirements and expenditures, the Senior Energy Engineer presents and implements comprehensive energy reduction plans. Learn more...

Heating/Cooling Coach at Abode Energy Management

Concord, MA - Abode Energy Management, working with the Concord Municipal Light Plant, seeks to reduce the substantial contribution of residential heating systems to Concord’s carbon footprint by promoting weatherization and electrification with heat pumps. This temporary, part-time position will work directly with Concord homeowners to coach them through the often complex and confusing process of selecting among multiple equipment and installer options. In-depth training on heat pump technology and ongoing mentoring will be provided by Abode’s Heat Pump Specialist. Learn more...

Site Lead/Lead Carpenter at Building Logic

New Paltz, NY - Based in the Hudson Valley NY, BuildingLogic Inc. in New Paltz is hiring a full-time Site Lead/Lead Carpenter. We are a small but growing firm specializing in green custom residential construction and renovation that incorporates high performance building design, sustainable materials, low energy use, net-zero energy, or Passive House standards. Our projects include a mix of custom high‐end and practical homes requiring attention to detail and cost-effectiveness. We believe supporting our employees, clients and the environment are integral to the success of our company and community. 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.

Putting the Building To Work For Your Client: The Business Case for Healthy Buildings

Where: Online

When: Tuesday, December 15, 4pm-5pm

Cost: $10-$15

Join CTGBC and Harvard Professor and Healthy Buildings expert John D. Macomber for a webinar in which John will review the financial math and positive impacts of a healthy building for landlords and their tenants. He will help design and construction professionals communicate the value proposition of healthy building design and the investment value of building to a healthy building standard with certification systems like Fitwel, LEED and WELL. Learn more...

2020 Groundbreaker Awards

Where: Online

When: Thursday, December 17, 5pm-7pm

Cost: Varies

Celebrate green building leadership, innovation, and impact in the greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and Delaware region with Green Building United! This event recognizes built projects: Projects can be new construction or renovations; commercial or residential; exteriors, interiors, and/or sites, but must have been completed within the past three years. The event also recognizes community leadership: In the past this has included individuals, community partnerships, organizations, and unique community projects (i.e. The PHFA Project, The Rail Park). Learn more...

Request for Feedback on Two New MassCEC Pilots

Where: Online

When: Deadline: Friday, December 18

Cost: Free

MassCEC's Buildings Team is excited to announce two new pilot initiatives! Decarbonization Pathways seeks to reimagine the energy assessment with the goal of helping homes fully decarbonize in the most streamlined way possible. EmPower Massachusetts is an initiative focused on exploring solutions to equitable access to the benefits of clean energy solutions.

We are still designing both pilots and we realize stakeholder feedback is crucial to creating the most impactful programs. We'd love to have your feedback as soon as possible as we design these pilots. Learn more...

Construction Business Bootcamp

Where: Online

When: Tuesdays, January 12–March 2, 3:30pm–5pm

Cost: $1,200 (NESEA Members receive $100 off)

HELM Construction Solutions is excited to announce another Construction Business Bootcamp! This online course covers all the essentials of running your own construction business. Construction Business Bootcamp is designed for small business owners who are looking for a solid grounding in the basics of running a successful construction business. We welcome start-up businesses as well as folks who’ve been doing this for a long time and are looking to improve on their business systems. We developed the Bootcamp as an introduction to the most frequently asked questions we get from our consulting clients, in a format that allows us to share the knowledge and resources we’ve gained over the years with multiple companies simultaneously. Learn more...

RFP Deadline: ASES SOLAR 2021

Where: Online

When: January 15, 2021

ASES invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at ASES’s 50th national annual conference “SOLAR 2021: Empowering a Sustainable Future,” taking place August 3-6, 2021 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email conference@ases.org if you have any questions. See you at #SOLAR2021Boulder! Learn more...

EarthKind Homes from Wright Builders: A New Collection of Net Zero Ready Homes

Wright Builders Inc. has introduced EarthKind Homes, a new collection of three smaller single-family homes, designed in the style of New England domestic architecture. Each is designed for maximum performance, exceptional comfort, natural light, remarkable value, and low embedded carbon. From 1368 to 1760 square feet, each features minisplits, regional woods, ERV, triple glazing, and 0.5AC at 50p. Learn more...

Finch Cambridge Wins 2020 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition

Congratulations to the many NESEA Members who were involved with Finch Cambridge, best overall project winner of the 2020 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition. Designed to Enterprise Green criteria and the first affordable Passive House building in Massachusetts, Finch Cambridge is a new, 98-unit community that prioritizes holistic sustainable principals while staying laser-focused on energy and resilience.

NESEA featured this project earlier in May in one of our pre-conference webinars. View the recording free of charge here. You can also learn more about the project, and see the rest of the 2020 PHIUS competition winners here.


Featured Member Benefit

One of your NESEA Member benefits is the ability to display the NESEA Member Badge on your social media accounts, business cards, email signature, or website to show that you are part of a community dedicated to creating a sustainable built environment.

View all individual, business, & academic NESEA Member benefits.


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