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Conference News

Share Your Vision for BuildingEnergy Boston 2019!

When: Tuesday, June 5, 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Downtown Boston (location provided in confirmation email)

All are welcome to join us at the Open Planning Meeting for BuildingEnergy Boston 2019. Co-Chairs Michelle Apigian and James Petersen want to know:

  • What did you like about this year's event and what suggestions do you have for next year?
  • What are the important issues in our industry that should be addressed in next year's content?

At this Open Planning Meeting, you’ll also learn how you can become a member of the formal Content Committee and help take the conference content to the next level.


Thank You to All Who Submitted Proposals!

We received exactly 100 conference session proposals for this year's BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show, to be held on Thursday, October 4. Our stellar NESEA-member Content Committee will be working to distill these proposals into just 24 sessions over the next few months.

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

The trade show floor is filling up and will sell out quickly. Ensure that your business receives maximum exposure to attendees by securing your spot today. Contact Devan Folts at or (413) 774-6051 ext. 25 or view our Exhibitor Packet to learn more.

Interested in sponsoring? Becoming a BuildingEnergy NYC sponsor is a great way to get your business in front of the right people. Contact Jennifer Marrapese at or (413) 774-6051 ext. 23 or view our Sponsorship Packet to learn more.

Pro Tour News

View all 13 events in the 2018 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour Series here.

May 18 Resilient Retrofit & ZNE Office Building in Hudson Valley

New Paltz, NY: Join NESEA for a Pro Tour featuring two very different projects: a new-construction, 8-unit ZNE office building and a single-family DER renovated for energy efficiency and storm resiliency. Attendees will hear from the project teams behind both projects at this event co-hosted by Alfandre Architecture and Integral Building + Design.

Please note: To receive member pricing when registering for this event, you must be logged in to your account.

Learn More & Register

View photos from the April 20 Pro Tour of New NZE Multi-Family Housing in Northampton, MA.

Other NESEA News

Last Chance to Submit an Abstract for BuildingEnergy Magazine

BuildingEnergy magazine is curated, authored, and peer-reviewed by members of the NESEA community. Proposals for articles will be vetted by the Editorial Committee, which is comprised of NESEA members and staff. The theme for the Fall 2018 issue has yet to be determined; it will emerge as the Editorial Committee looks for common threads across submissions.

Articles will be chosen based on content, fit, and theme. If you are interested in participating in the process by contributing as an author, we'd like to hear from you. As a reminder, content for the magazine must be vendor neutral and commercial free.

The RFP closes Friday, May 4. Submit your abstract here. Please contact Florence MacGregor at with any questions.

Thank You for Your Support on Valley Gives Day

Thanks to all who donated to the Kate Goldstein Fund for Emerging Professionals on Valley Gives day! We received a total of $2,305 from 39 donors. NESEA's Emerging Professionals program is a key element in fulfilling our mission and the goals of our strategic plan, as we provide resources and opportunities for the next generation of sustainable building practitioners. Your gifts support our efforts to continue bringing this important programming to students and emerging professionals.

If you weren't able to donate during the campaign, it's not too late! You can donate here today.

BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines Member Publishes Design & Construction Compensation Survey

Last fall, NESEA Business Member HELM Construction Solutions started brainstorming with some of their colleagues from our BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines program about doing a compensation survey of design and construction firms in the Northeast. They put together a survey for all BEBL members and HELM clients and colleagues and got responses from businesses across the region, ranging from as small as 1 employee to over 100. They were especially curious to know not only about hourly wages and annual salaries but also about what kind of benefits businesses are offering, and how compensation varies by state. The results are finally in - 44 companies participated from VT, NH, ME, CT, MA and NY, and they have collated the responses into a white paper. Read more...

Welcome to Our Newest Business Members

Simplified Green Homes - Lebanon, ME

Focus Electrical Corp. - Dracut, MA

For a directory of all NESEA business members and their services, visit the NESEA Green Pages.

Past Members Monthly Newsletters Now Available

If you missed last month's newsletter or are interested in what the NESEA community was up to last year, you can now view past editions of the Members Monthly newsletter on View the newsletter archive here, and feel free to share it with your colleagues.

Featured Jobs

The ability to post on NESEA's Jobs Board is a NESEA business member benefit. To post a job, click here or contact Florence MacGregor at

As a NESEA member, you can also post your resume to our new Resume Bank. NESEA business members can access the Resume Bank to search for new hires.

Here are a few of this month's featured jobs:

Experienced Carpenter at steveworks

Newton, MA - At steveworks, our residential renovations and remodeling projects exemplify quality, craftsmanship, durability, value and sustainably. We are located in Newton, MA, and work in the surrounding areas. Learn more...

Experienced Solar Technician at BPVS

North Adams, MA - BPVS is fully licensed (MA HIC 131996) and insured for commercial, institutional and residential PV systems. All of our installations are fully permitted and approved. BPVS has helped pave the way for PV acceptance by installing the first solar electric systems in over 90 jurisdictions and several utility territories. Our mission is to provide safe, efficient and durable PV systems. Learn more...

North Central Specifications Manager at ROCKWOOL

Chicago, IL - The Specifications Manager is responsible for maintaining and expanding ROCKWOOL function as a major supplier of insulation to the Building Envelope, Interior Building Component, and Industrial segments in the assigned geography and to promote ROCKWOOL products in line with the Specification/Commercial budget, strategy and within agreed departmental costs. Learn more...

Member-to-Member News

We’d like to help spread the word about upcoming member events and news items. Use this form to let us know about your event/news and we’ll include it in the next Members Monthly.

New York Passive House Conference & Expo - NYPH18

Where: New York, NY

When: Friday, June 8

Cost: Varies

As Passive House projects continue to scale in size and complexity, project teams encounter issues beyond the envelope. How to design domestic hot water systems in large buildings? How is ventilation set up for common spaces? What about plug load management? It has never been more important for professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives, high performance buildings and renewables to become familiar with techniques and materials, not to mention one another. Let’s exchange notes and drive the passive house community to build even better.

NESEA members receive 10% off with the code nyph18_partnermember. Register for NYPH18 here.

Introduction to Passive House Multi-Family Building

Where: Newton, MA

When: Wednesday, May 9

Cost: $325

For many teams, it is an almost impossible challenge to simultaneously deliver high performance, cost efficient buildings while maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitability. It is not uncommon for high performance commercial buildings to cost 10%–20% more to build than conventional buildings. NESEA Member Adam Cohen of Passiv Science has been designing and building Passive House Commercial Buildings at costs comparable to typical new construction and is achieving Passive House level results. This workshop will explain the basics of Passive House design principles specific to Multifamily Buildings, we will also examine aspects of Integrated Project Management as will details, equipment, controls, built examples and areas for capturing money typically left on the table in conventional design-bid-build project delivery situations. Learn more and register here.

Connecticut Passive House Panel Discussion

Where: Stratford, CT

When: Thursday, May 10

Cost: Free for CTPH members, $15 for non-members

Join Connecticut Passive House for "Don’t Be Passive, BUILD PASSIVE: Case Studies & Lessons Learned," a panel discussion with teams from three Connecticut residential projects. The panelists are NESEA Business Members John Rountree (Rountree Architects), Chris Trolle (BCP Green Builders), Elizabeth Disalvo (Trillium Architects), Jamie Wolf (Wolfworks, Inc.), & Janet Downey (Wolfworks, Inc.). Learn more and register here.


Where: New York, NY

When: May 8–9

Cost: Free

BuildingsNY is the single source, full product life-cycle solution to safely and cost-effectively operate your buildings with a unique combination of an exhibition, no-cost accredited education, partnership opportunities, and networking events. It is sponsored by ABO (Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York), CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Program), The AIA, IFMA NYC, ASHRAE, and a host of other industry partners. Learn more and register here.

Building Tech Forum 2018

Where: Boston, MA

When: May 24, 5:30pm–8:30pm

Cost: Varies

Join over 250 industry experts and firms to explore the latest in net positive energy buildings at USGBC MA’s Building Tech Forum. At this forum, we will discuss net positive energy buildings through a series of 5 minute long presentations, paired with exhibition tables and networking. Learn more and register here.

Green Building Leadership Institute

Where: Keene, NH

When: May 21–25, May 29–June 1

In response to the movement toward sustainable and resilient practices, the recently formed Ecovation Hub Education & Training Consortium, which includes Keene State College, Antioch University of New England, Greenfield Community College, and the School for International Training, is introducing the Green Building Leadership Institute (GBLI).  This intensive, two-week summer program will be held on the Keene State College campus from May 21 –June 1, 2018. It will provide specialized training for current and emerging leaders interested in creating sustainable, resilient, and thriving communities –whether a municipality, campus, neighborhood, or building. Taught by industry leaders, these classes will benefit students and working professionals, community and institutional decision-makers, and others entering the workforce.

According to Lead Instructor (and NESEA Member) Jamie Godfrey, “While we will cover innovations in green building design and construction, as well as relevant regulatory and policy issues, the primary focus will be on developing leadership skills and strategies in municipal, institutional, community, and business settings.” Learn more here.

Hampshire College Earns Living Building Certification for R.W. Kern Center

Amherst, MA - Designed by NESEA Members Bruner/Cott and built by NESEA Lifetime Member Jonathan Wright, the 17,000 ft² Kern Center joins just 16 other Living Buildings certified to date and is the largest Living Certified higher-education project in the world. This certification, which is the most advanced green-building standard in the world, will be officially recognized at the Living Future unConference in Portland, Oregon, May 1-4, the leading event for regenerative design. Read more...

NESEA Business Member Named VT Women-Owned Business of the Year

Mel Baiser and Kate Stephenson, owners of HELM Construction Solutions, are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. HELM will be presented its award during the 2018 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony cohosted by Vermont Business Magazine in June. The ceremony is open to the public and registration will be available in May. Read more...

Jonathan Wright Releases New Book

NESEA Lifetime Member Jonathan Wright recently published Season of Dreams, a collection of poems written during his two-week solo residency in the dunes of outer Cape Cod. The book is available for purchase at in Amherst, MA at Amherst Books, Broadside Books, and Off the Common Books; in Provincetown, MA at East End Books; and online, here. You can also view the press release for the book here.

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