BuildingGreen’s Wellness Frameworks Webinar Series
When: April 17 & May 8
Cost: $65 ($30 for BuildingGreen members)
Are your clients asking you about wellness? You’re not alone. Healthy interiors and wellbeing are the trending buzzwords of sustainable design. BuildingGreen is offering a two-part live webinar series that provides an overview of WELL and Fitwel, and covers how to earn the WELL AP and Fitwel Ambassador credentials. Continuing educations credits will be available for both webinars. Register for the WELL and Fitwel webinars here.
Rescheduled & Remaining MassSave Listening Sessions
The Mass DOER has scheduled listening sessions to provide the public with an opportunity to offer comment on the Mass Save® programs. The times and locations for the rescheduled and remaining meetings are listed below. More details on upcoming listening sessions can also be found here.
Springfield: April 5, 6–8pm, University of Massachusetts Center, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA
Lowell: April 12, 6–8pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA
Salem: April 17, 6–8pm, Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA
NEWIEE Annual Gala
Where: Boston, MA
When: Tuesday, May 1
The NEWIEE (New England Women in Energy and the Environment) Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women leaders in the fields of energy and environment. These women have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women in similar or related professional areas.
Join us for dinner and cocktails and to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women leaders in the fields of energy and the environment.
Become a HERS Rater with the NEHERS Alliance!
Where: Berlin, CT
When: May 14–25 online + June 4–8 in person (Deadline to register is May 1)
Cost: $2595 (Register by April 17 to receive $200 off)
The Alliance is pleased to offer a comprehensive training package that includes everything a student needs to be fully prepared to become a HERS rater. Our hybrid HERS rater training classes have an online component, which includes all of the building science theory, and a classroom component, which includes all of the hands-on practical training and testing that is necessary to become a rater. HERS rater training is the first step towards rater certification. To learn more about the requirements for certification, click here.
Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education
Where: Amherst, MA
When: June 25–26
On June 25–26, the Living Future Institute will present the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. This event will highlight university campuses adopting the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge and their holistic, multi-generational approach to sustainability, resiliency, health, innovation, and equity. Learn more and register here.
MassDOER Seeks Contractors for Pilot Program
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will be adding up to another six contractors for its Home MVP pilot. Home MVP is a contractor-focused initiative to provide comprehensive energy upgrades for one to four family homes. Contractors receive an incentive based on energy savings. They can choose to share all or part of the incentive to encourage a customer to proceed with the work. NESEA members who are interested in participating should email Lawrence Masland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application form
and a copy of the program rules. Applications are due by April 16th. Contractors selected for the pilot will have half day training in Westborough on April 26th.
Auburndale Builders Opens New Training Facility in Newton, MA
NESEA business member Auburndale Builders in Newton, MA has opened a training center called the Studio for High-Performance Design & Construction (SHPDC). This brand-new learning facility is retrofitted from a vintage concrete block structure to a certified passive office facility. To-date, only 31 zero energy retrofits have been documented in the US (source: Thousand Home Challenge) making this the 32nd structure. Click here for a list of courses and more info.
MA Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Election
The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council has an upcoming election for the stakeholder seat represented by a contractor. Any contractors who have participated in any aspect of delivering the Mass Save programs or rebates during the current 3-year plan from 2016-2018 are eligible to vote. Details on candidates and voting will be available on the EEAC website in the coming week.
NESEA Board Member Martine Dion Named to the AIA College of Fellows
Join us in congratulating NESEA Board Member Martine Dion of SMMA, who was recently named to the AIA College of Fellows. According to the AIA, "AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The prestige of FAIA after your name is unparalleled and the judging is rigorous. Architects who have made significant contributions to the
profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3 percent of the AIA members have this distinction."