New York Passive House Conference & Expo: Towards Market Transformation
When: Friday, June 16
Where: 125 West 18th St, New York, NY
Attend NYPH17, North America’s premier event for Passive House professionals, practitioners, and enthusiasts, hosted by New York Passive House. The largest and fastest-growing event of its kind, each year it attracts hundreds of architects, engineers and building professionals under one roof to discuss the standard that is transforming our built environment. As a critical tool in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability-minded professionals from all walks are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Learn more...
NESEA Lifetime Member Peter Taggart Featured in Portland Press Herald
Back in high school, Peter Taggart’s guidance counselor had no advice for the kid who loved shop and couldn’t visualize heading off to college after graduation. So the day after he graduated, he hitchhiked from Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Belgrade to start work as a handyman at a resort. It wasn’t the first time he’d hitchhiked to Maine; the lure of his family’s camp on Great Pond was fairly powerful, but this time he stuck around. Forty-plus years later, he runs a successful, Freeport-based construction company that specializes in green building. Read more...
NESEA Lifetime Member Steven Strong Featured on 99% Invisible for His Role in Inventing Net Metering
In the mid-1970s, Steven Strong was hired to put a bunch of solar thermal panels on an apartment building in New England. While he was at it, he also added a few solar photovoltaic panels to the roof, and at the time, they were a brand new technology.
They were so new in fact, that when Strong installed them, he had to figure out how to wire them up... He decided he could send the excess electricity back out into the grid, and wire it so that the building’s electric meter would run backward as the electricity left the building.
Strong didn’t ask permission to wire up his solar panels this way, he just did it, and this is how the practice of net metering was born. Read more...
PV Squared Named Entrepreneurship Award Winner
When the Franklin County Community Development Corp. created its Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011, NESEA Business Member Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics was already marking 10 years since its formation as a worker-owned co-operative, building on what its own creators foresaw as an emerging technology that would be heating up wildly in the years ahead. PV2, or PV Squared, as the Greenfield cooperative business is known, was honored this month as the seventh annual Haas of the Year Award winner at the CDC’s Celebrating Entrepreneurship event. Read more...
AIA COTE Top Ten Award for Hampshire College R.W. Kern Center
Bruner/Cott and the Kern Center team are proud to announce the project has received a 2017 Top Ten Award. Designed to be self-sustaining and meet the Living Building Challenge, Kern demonstrates Hampshire’s commitment to a sustainable future. The project has been featured in several BuildingEnergy Pro Tours and BuildingEnergy Boston conference sessions, and the team will continue to share lessons learned with the NESEA community.
Steve Greenberg of Steveworks Presented with HERO Award
NESEA Member Steve Greenberg of steveworks was recently awarded the "HERO Award" at the 2017 Contractor of the Year Awards for his leadership and tireless work in remodeling the home of a WWII veteran and his wife in Roxbury, MA. The award was presented by the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Read more...
Integrated Eco Strategy Helps Williams College Meet the LBC
Williams College’s Class of 1966 Environmental Center has attained Petal Certification under the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. NESEA Business Member Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), a North Adams-based consulting firm facilitating sustainable and regenerative building design, renovation and construction, managed and documented all Imperatives of the certification program for Williams. Learn more...