BuildingEnergy Boston 2017 Community Events

With the exception of the Lifetime Member Breakfast, NESEA Night, and the hot water and HVAC demonstrations, all community events listed on this page are open to anyone attending any part of the conference or trade show.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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Welcome Reception

Meet a new best friend or reconnect at this networking reception open to all attendees. Cash bar.

Harborview Lobby

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Passive House Party

Passive House Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts & passivehausMAINE are hosting a book release party, and you're invited. Pre-registration for then event is required and seats are limited. If you have questions, please email Stephanie Horowitz at sh@zeroenergy.com

Rosa Mexicano, Boston, MA

6:45 pm to 8:45 pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Event Location/Time

Plenary Session, Part 1: Beyond Energy: The Concealed Environmental Impact of Buildings and Residents

When it comes to environmental impacts of buildings, operational energy (and to some degree carbon) attracts the most attention. This is likely because buildings currently account for one third of the world’s energy use, and this figure is projected to double by 2050. This presents both a huge challenge and a great opportunity to improve the sustainability of the built environment.

Harborview Ballroom

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Demonstrations: The Hot Water Show + Today's HVAC

Join Gary Klein and Rich Benkowski as they use The United Association’s Mobile Service Tech Training Lab to demonstrate the principles of more efficient and effective hot water systems using “live water”, as well as the latest wireless technology to analyze sustainable, energy efficient HVACR systems. Demonstrations will be hosted on the trade floor every 45 minutes both Wednesday and Thursday.

Trade Show Floor

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Office Hours with the Experts

Ever wanted to ask that very specific question about Passive House? Want to really drill down about insulation? Office Hours with the Experts offers a chance to spend time with someone who knows the answer to your question. Check the schedule in the show program to see who is speaking when.

NESEA Booth on Trade Show Floor

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lightning Round! Day 1: Lessons from The Field

New this year, Lightning Rounds pack as much information into one session as possible. You’ll hear succinct, to-the-point, and practical presentations on a variety of topics, including...

Harborview Ballroom

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

BE the Future Networking Lunch

Invitation only. In the BE the Future initiative, participating sponsors directly fund current students' full-day passes to the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade show and one-year NESEA memberships. This lunch provides an opportunity for scholarship sponsors and recipients to meet and network. For more information, email Florence MacGregor (fmacgregor@nesea.org).

Skyline

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn: The German Perspective on Building Energy

With energy prices on the rise and fossil fuel resources becoming scarce, both economic prosperity and competitiveness increasingly depend on our ability to use energy as efficiently as possible. This is true not just in Germany, but worldwide. The use of innovative technology holds enormous potential for energy conservation in every field of application. Companies, private households and the public sector can tap into previously unimagined resources through the efficient use of energy.

Cambridge Complex

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch and Learn: RESNET Conference Debrief

As a follow up to the RESNET Conference in Scottsdale, this is a chance to catch up with HERS Raters who attended and to discuss news from RESNET and other developments in the HERS Rating Industry. Mike Browne, President of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, will moderate the conversation. Open to All.

Waterfront 1

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

NESEA's Emerging Professional Career Forum

In this interactive session, attendees will gain practical strategies for building professional networks, including resources for finding jobs and internships, and how to best leverage NESEA membership as a career resource.

Harborview Ballroom

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Trade Show Reception

Everyone is welcome to mingle on the trade show floor during this reception. We highly encourage attendees to take this opportunity to learn about products and services important to their success. Free. Open to all. Cash bar.

Sponsored by:

Trade Show Floor

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

NESEA Night 2017

NESEA Night is a super fun, affordable community event that is open to all BuildingEnergy Boston attendees as well as to the public. It's a great way to unwind and connect with fellow conference-goers and NESEA community members. We will also be celebrating the winners of NESEA's 2017 Distinguished Service Award and Professional Leadership Award.

The Exchange, Boston

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Plenary, Part II: Methane Leaks, Public Policy, the Future of the Natural Gas Grid -- and the Implications for Your Projects

The public has a hard time knowing what to think about natural gas. Is it a cheap, clean source of energy independence for the US for the rest of the century; a useful bridge fuel until renewables are able to come fully on board in 10 or 20 years; hands-down the best choice for heating buildings in the NESEA region; possibly worse than coal when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions; or all of the above?

Harborview Ballroom

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Office Hours with the Experts

Ever wanted to ask that very specific question about Passive House? Want to really drill down about insulation? Office Hours with the Experts offers a chance to spend time with someone who knows the answer to your question. Check the schedule in the show program to see who is speaking when.

NESEA Booth on Trade Show Floor

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Demonstrations: The Hot Water Show + Today’s HVAC

Join Gary Klein and Rich Benkowski as they use The United Association’s Mobile Service Tech Training Lab to demonstrate the principles of more efficient and effective hot water systems using “live water”, as well as the latest wireless technology to analyze sustainable, energy efficient HVACR systems. Demonstrations will be hosted on the trade floor every 45 minutes both Wednesday and Thursday.

10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Lightning Round! Day 2: The Many Uses of Data

New this year, Lightning Rounds pack as much information into one session as possible. You’ll hear succinct, to-the-point, and practical presentations on a variety of data-focused topics, including...

Harborview Ballroom

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Lunch and Learn: Getting Better at Getting Better - Lean Thinking for Residential Construction

When compared with conventional, code-built homes, the builders of high performance homes are at a disadvantage right out of the gate. Our homes tend to cost more because we use high quality materials and craft them into complex assemblies that require uncommon care, knowledge and precision to execute successfully. 

Harborview Ballroom

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

SEBANE Meeting

Join members of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE) as they discuss the latest and greatest in our region. Open to all.

Cityview 2

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch and Learn: Advocacy and Activism for Climate Justice

In light of our current political moment, many NESEA members have been looking for ways to engage in advocacy and political action.

Waterfront 1

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Reception and Closing Forum: Be Careful What You Ask For: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Rapid Energy Efficiency Adoption

In just a few years we have seen energy-efficient construction taken more seriously and among a larger circle of practitioners than ever before. Adoption of the Passive House standard is accelerating, with over three million square feet planned in New York State alone. Code requirements for insulation and air sealing have become more stringent and enforceable, with mandatory blower door testing being perhaps most notable.

Harborview Ballroom

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm