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Conference News

Propose a Session for BuildingEnergy NYC 2021

The Conference Chairs for Building Energy NYC 2021 (September 29 & 30) invite you to propose sessions in support of this year's conference theme: Collaboration. Gone are the days in our comfortable silos. To achieve essential climate goals for NYC and beyond, we need the power of collaboration.

But how? And who’s going to do the work? Propose your best ideas so that we can create the most useful, forward-looking conference possible. The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, March 23.

Propose a Session

BuildingEnergy Boston Registration is Open

Join us at BuildingEnergy Boston 2021 (Wednesday-Friday, May 5-7) for 3 days of virtual education, conversation, and inspiration!

In honor of the inquisitive learner in all of us, Getting at WHY is the theme of this year's conference. Sessions will share what knowledge, experience, and resources practitioners brought to the table and WHY they chose a certain course of action. Presenters will share their approach to a given challenge, in addition to what the data show, what they learned, and (our favorite) what they would never do again.

With early bird member pricing, a full conference pass is $225 for members (remember to log in for member pricing) and includes live product demonstrations, 35 accredited conference sessions, and all community events. The cost of a conference pass will increase by $100 at the end of this month, so don't wait to register.

Register Here

Scholarships for Students & Emerging Professionals

NESEA is now accepting applications for the spring 2021 BE the Future scholarship cycle. Each scholarship includes a day pass to BuildingEnergy Boston, a one year NESEA Membership, and a pass to a BuildingEnergy Pro Tour. Applications are due on Friday, April 9. Learn more and apply here. You can learn more about sponsoring a participant in the program here.

Pre-Conference Webinar Series

As a proud sponsor of BuildingEnergy Boston and BuildingEnergy NYC, Daikin is pleased to present a 4-part, sponsored webinar series, Technologies that Improve the Air We Live In. Join us on March 9 at noon for the third installment in the series, Daikin & Multifamily: There Is a Better Way!

JS Rancourt, Principal at DXS, and Patrick Haydon, Owner at Haycon, will provide an overview for a variety of completed and in-development multifamily building projects throughout the Greater Boston area that are efficient and electrified.

Learn More & Register

Pro Tour News

Pro Tour: Mid-Rise Passive House & Urban Density Study

Friday, March 12, 12:30–2:30pm: Join us for a virtual Pro Tour of an innovative 8-story development with 30 units of affordable rental housing and an early learning center. This project, located in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, is LEED Platinum-certified and designed to meet Passive House standards.

The project team will share strategies used in pursuit of certification, including materials selection, mechanical systems, and design and construction approach. This event will also include a short presentation about urban density and carbon footprint, setting the stage for our spring Pro Tour series, which will include several affordable urban multifamily projects.

Unlike a traditional webinar, attendees come with their mics and cameras on: you’ll be able to see and hear other attendees, ask content experts questions directly, and meet new people in the NESEA community. There are a limited number of tickets available, so don't wait to register. To receive member pricing, log in to your NESEA account.

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Other NESEA News

The Latest Digital Issue of BuildingEnergy Magazine is Now Available

In 2020, NESEA celebrated its 45th year. The latest issue of our annual magazine is dedicated to celebrating this milestone: more than 100 members of our community contributed memories, quotes, or photographs. You can start reading the new issue here and view past issues of BuildingEnergy magazine here.

If you are interested in being part of the magazine editorial committee to help select content for the next issue, please email Florence at

Nominations Open for the 2021 NESEA Awards

The following awards will be presented during NESEA Night 2021 to recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals in our community. All members are welcome to submit nominations for committee consideration. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 25.

Kate Goldstein Emerging Leader Award: This award recognizes a NESEA Member early in their career for current and potential engagement. Submit a nomination, learn more about the award, and see a list of previous recipients here. If you are interested in being on the committee to select the year's recipient, contact Florence MacGregor at

Distinguished Service Award: Since 1993, this award has recognized a NESEA Member who has made a significant contribution to the organization. Submit a nomination, learn more about the award, and see a list of previous recipients here.

Member Benefits Survey Winners

Thanks to all who completed our Member Benefits Survey last month, and congrats to the winners of the NESEA merch drawing: Warren Berger, Robin Tannenbuam, Patricio Levy, and Tom Davies! As a reminder, our Merch Store features several styles of hats, t-shirts, and face coverings—all made in factories that provide living wages for their workers and support fair labors standards!

NESEA Is Hiring!

We are now accepting applications for a full-time Conference Manager to oversee the planning, content development, and speaker and venue relationships for NESEA’s two annual conferences in Boston and NYC, as well as our continuing education program. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about the ability of events to bring people together and create community. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 11, at which time we will begin reviewing applications. Learn more.

Welcome to Our Newest Business & Academic Members

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:

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Architecture at Keene State College

Keene, NH - The Department of Sustainable Product Design and Architecture (SPDA) at Keene State College invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Architecture Program beginning August 2021 to teach courses in building science, high performance building systems, sustainable architectural design, and commercial construction. Course formats include classroom teaching, lectures, and laboratories, and working with students on applied research projects. Learn more...

Building Energy Inspector & Analyst at KOW Building Consultants

New York, NY - KOW Building Consultants specializes in Sustainability Consulting, Plan and Cost Reviews, Site Observation (Requisition) Inspections, Phase I ESAs and Property Conditions Reports. Our clients include traditional banks as well as private lenders, mortgage lending institutions, city housing agencies, real estate developers, and property owners.  We are looking to add an experienced Building Inspector / Sustainability Consultant to join our growing Sustainability team who will primarily work in NYC with time split between home office (remote work), midtown Manhattan office, and site visits. Learn more...

Design Project Manager at New Frameworks

Montpelier, VT - New Frameworks, a worker-owned cooperative design and construction company based in northern Vermont, is hiring an Design Project Manager to add to our team. Our ideal candidate has at least 5 years in the design/architecture field with a focus on design project management. Their focus will be managing design team production to yield beautiful and successful projects and relationships. An interest in building science, life-cycle analysis, low-energy design, and climate justice is a must. 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.

She Who Constructs, A Passive House Accelerator Summit

Where: Online

When: Monday, March 8, 7pm

Cost: Free

Join Passive House Accelerator on March 8th, International Women’s/Womxn’s day, in a discussion of Passive House construction careers and gender as six panelists present on their construction pathways, mentoring experiences, and how Passive House and technological changes are affecting their careers. Learn more...

Ventilation Symposium

Where: Online

When: Wednesday, March 10, 2pm–5:30pm

Cost: $10 (free for NAPHN Members)

Why prioritize ventilation? Despite the pandemic, in designing and building high-performance buildings, ventilation is often an underappreciated component. During NAPHN's Ventilation Symposium, experts will unravel the testing procedures, implications, long-term performance - the where, what, why, and more! Learn more...

Online Course with Marc Rosenbaum: Zero Net Energy Buildings

Where: Online

When: March 15–May 23

Cost: $1,095

Gain a comprehensive understanding of all of the key components of a zero net energy building—envelope, systems, and renewable energy sources—and how they fit together to confidently create your own designs. During the course, you’ll learn key pitfalls to avoid and get numerical guidelines on sizing peak heat loss, glazing amounts, and solar electric systems. Marc Rosenbaum, your instructor, is one of the most popular and best-reviewed speakers at BuildingEnergy Boston every year! He’s an engaging speaker, extremely honest, meticulously detailed, and curious by nature. Learn more...

Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Training

Where: Online

When: March 24–25 & March 31–April 2

Cost: $1,650-$2,150

Join NAPHN for their Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course, the premier training program for Passive House building professionals. Including 5 days of virtual, in-class instruction, 7 additional e-learning modules, and access to the current version of the PHPP energy model. Receive a 5-year registration as an internationally accredited Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant after passing the exam. Learn more...

Power of Place: Climate Action & Justice in the Built Environment

Where: Online

When: Thursday & Friday, March 25 & 26

Cost: $80 (sliding scale)

Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment is a biennial northeast regional summit meant to include a larger community of building professionals, owners, academics, policymakers, advocates and students in a conversation about sustainability in the built environment. NESSBE organizers are the Connecticut Green Building Council and the Connecticut Living Future Collaborative. Learn more...

Triple Decker Design Challenge Winners Announced

Triple Deckers are one of the most predominant, widely recognized, iconic residential building typologies in MA. Tens of thousands of triple deckers were built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries across New England as an economic means of housing the thousands of newly-arrived immigrant workers who filled the factories of the area. Many are owner occupied, some are investor owned, and many have been converted to condominiums. But all share building retrofit challenges and opportunities.

The Triple Decker Design Challenge harnessed building energy retrofit technical expertise and design excellence to help identify scalable renovation and electrification strategies that will ultimately transform MA's built environment. MassCEC has now announced the winners of the challenge. You can see the winning designs here.

Passive House Accelerator Magazine

Passive House Buildings magazine is now Passive House Accelerator magazine and is available for download on the Passive House Accelerator website. The newest issue, Passive Goes Prefab, covers the tremendous growth in recent years of the manufacturing of specialized prefabricated assemblies for Passive House buildings. The use of prefabricated elements can bring many benefits, from more predictable quality and cost to less waste to shorter construction times. Read all about which North American manufacturing companies are stepping up to meet the demand for these high-performance products.

Sign-On Letter for Federal Appropriations

E4TheFuture is gathering signatures for a constituent sign-on letter on appropriations for Department of Energy programs related to energy efficiency. The energy efficiency industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. Programs are more important now than ever before. Robust funding for efficiency programs is vital for energy savings, improved health, and to restore economic vitality to communities.

Please take a couple of minutes to review and add your signature to this letter requesting support including crucial programmatic funding for:

  • Home Performance with Energy Star
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
  • State Energy Program (all states)

The letter is signed by INDIVIDUALS. It addresses Congressional chairs and ranking members who serve on the Appropriations Committee. Let them know this funding is essential for us to serve customers and to spur good jobs nationwide.

New Issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Fine Homebuilding is excited to offer NESEA Members a digital edition of FHB's magazine. Fine Homebuilding is committed to providing practitioners with the latest information on building residential homes, with an emphasis on craftsmanship in every issue. You can read the most current February/March issue here.

Featured Benefit

Participate on Member Committees

The content of NESEA's programs is driven by volunteer committees of NESEA Members. These committees perform a variety of functions, from selecting projects to be featured in our BuildingEnergy Pro Tour series to developing conference sessions and selecting speakers. You can learn more about our member committees here.

We'd especially like to thank our BuildingEnergy Boston 2021 Content Committee who selected and guided this year's conference sessions.

We are currently seeking members to join the following committees:

  • BuildingEnergy Magazine Editorial Committee, which helps select content for the next issue of BuildingEnergy magazine.
  • Kate Goldstein Emerging Leader Award Committee, which selects the next recipient of the Emerging Leader Award.

If you are interested in participating on either of these committees, please contact Florence MacGregor at

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

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