Session NumberSession TitleSession DescriptionTrackTime SlotStart TimeEnd TimeRoom / LocationSession Speaker(s)Session Chair(s)CEU InformationCEU CreditsExperience LevelLearning Objective 1Learning Objective 2Learning Objective 3Learning Objective 4Path With Node IDPathEvalauation Link
Opening Plenary With Keynote Address: Rethinking The Grid - How Our Changing Electrical System Will Impact The Ways We Produce, Distribute And Use EnergyMost of us take the electrical grid for granted. But it is perhaps the most complex technological achievement in human history. After more than a century of relative stability, the grid is changing fast. Our conference plenary will explore the technology and policy solutions evolving to enable a more reliable, resilient, environmentally responsible and affordable electricity grid. Some of the nations most interesting and influential energy thought leaders will present their ideas on how the electrical distribution system and energy markets should be organized in the future and how those changes will impact the ways we all use energy.Energy Distribution3/4/2015 1:45-PM3/4/2015 3:30-PMPlenary SpaceKarl Rabago , Ron Binz , Nathan Adams Carter Wall 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Recent Research in Behavior: Boosting Energy Performance in Buildings Why do we need to pay attention to behavior in buildings? You can design a building to the highest energy efficiency codes and specifications, but once it’s occupied, what happens to affect the baseline? People who have done deep retrofits and ZNEB projects can find these efforts undermined if occupant behavior is not addressed. Occupant engagement should ideally address several stakeholder groups, including landlords, facilities management, lessors, and tenant employees. Each of these falls under the label of “engagement” but requires a different approach. This presentation will serve as an introduction across several sectors (with examples from commercial, multi-family residential and single-family residential) and will discuss both energy-related and non-energy benefits.Multifamily3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMCityview 2Susan Mazur-Stommen Kate Crosby 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Super Insulated Walls and Moisture: Does Bad Stuff Happen?High-R or super-insulated walls are a common component of high performance housing. However, in cold climates, these walls run the risks of cold-weather condensation, and general durability issues due to reduced heat flow. Two practitioners have been monitoring the moisture performance of several high performance walls, and will share their results. Chris Corson has been examining highly vapor-open walls based on classic European Passive House designs, without the use of plastic foams. Kohta Ueno has been monitoring double stud walls insulated with cellulose and open-cell spray foam for three winters. His monitoring study was followed by disassembly of the walls, to examine conditions in the cavities. The two will talk about their data, whether various assemblies fall on the safer or riskier side, and how to make design choices. Keeping these walls buildable and cost-effective will be another aspect of the discussions.Single Family3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMHarborview 2Kohta Ueno , Chris Corson 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
A Place in the Sun: Why We (Still) Need Solar Optimized DesignAs low energy, super insulated enclosures become more prevalent, some industry leaders question the continued relevance of passive solar design. Should we use the sun to help meet our heating needs, or have newer design tools, construction techniques and materials rendered passive solar strategies obsolete? This session's speaker believes that solar optimized design remains important and will show how an integrated approach to solar design can and should support optimal performance and occupant comfort.Single Family3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMWaterfront 3Rachel Wagner Dan Kolbert 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Rethinking the Grid - Q&AIntrigued by the plenary speakers and their visions for the future? The plenary speakers will dig deeper into the conversation in this session and focus on answering your questions about our emerging energy future.Energy Distribution3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMBeacon Hill ComplexKarl Rabago , Ron Binz , Nathan Adams Fred Unger , Stephan Wollenburg 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Design/Build and Integrated Project Management 101 - Are you ready?For many teams, it is an almost impossible challenge to simultaneously deliver high performance and cost efficient buildings while maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitability. Integrated design/build delivery providing single responsibility, from schematic design to construction through commissioning and monitoring has proved to be a viable model for successful delivery of cost efficient high performance buildings. This session will examine aspects of planning, marketing, estimating, system development, project management, human resources, accounting, and legal concerns.Commercial & Institutional3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMHarborview 1Adam Cohen 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Building Community Resilience in CitiesIn the face of extreme weather conditions, the practice of Building Energy must undergo two transformations: (1) What we do differently to alter the built environment;(2)how we better connect people living in a neighborhood. We have learned in the past 2 years of delivering BE 13 and 14 in resilient cities is this: community resilience is as important as resilience of the built environment. For example, creating a network of neighborhood businesses to stay open in a disaster. Developing a public community connectivity rating or altruism index. We have to do community resilience because community unity is the brains, in the face of disaster, that directs and organizes learning and recovery. People need to know the local places of refuge that hold the basic resources you have at home or office, where people know they can go in a disaster. Pre-establish a public emergency network of cell phones that will be operable. It is up to us because no one is going to come in and save us; there will be no more helicopters coming full of supplies.Places3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMSkylineRobert Leaver 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Getting to Zero: High Performance Mechanical Systems and Other Strategies for Commercial Buildings in Cold ClimatesSignificantly reducing energy use in commercial buildings is a challenge. Doing so in cold climates even more so. Getting to Net Zero Energy use in these climates, now that’s what we call a tough. But with good design and engaged tenants, the near impossible becomes entirely possible, practical, and fun. This panel will describe key strategies for greatly reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings in cold climates with a focus on smart choices for building design, high performance mechanical systems and the tenant’s role. Specific strategies and systems will be discussed with pros, cons, and application advice. Several Net Zero Energy commercial buildings in cold climates will be highlighted to show the theory in practice.   Commercial & Institutional3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMCityview 1Kathleen Smith , Charley Stevenson , John Swift , Robert Diemer 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Putting Attention Where it is Needed Most - Building Resiliency in Multi-family Affordable HousingA number of multifamily affordable housing developments in the New York City area were hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Affordable housing organizations have learned from that experience and are working to improve the resilience--and sustainability--of their facilities, in ways both large and small. Alex Wilson and Jim Newman have been facilitating some of this work. This session reports on these efforts and presents practical strategies for making multifamily affordable housing--and all multifamily buildings--more resilient. Along with the importance of building based improvements (boosting envelope energy performance, reducing cooling loads, incorporating islandable solar energy systems, installing sewer backflow preventers, etc.); this session also addresses the social and cultural aspects of resilience, including how to encourage community building so that residents will look out for each other and work together during times of emergency.Multifamily3/4/2015 4:00-PM3/4/2015 5:30-PMHarborview 3Alex Wilson , Jim Newman 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Resiliency: The Cynical Optimist's Path to a Better WorldResiliency has become about how many inches or feet of sea rise we will experience before 2100. It's currently a data driven goal, but it should not be. What about past 2100? How about we design, build and live for true resiliency, by making decisions with which we create no new problems, and even solve several issues at once (think green infrastructure)? Learn some concepts to drive true resiliency, and understand how these conceptsshould be applied to our work with individual projects, communities, and teams.Multi-Sector3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMSkylineJodi Smits Anderson 1.5 AIA, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Is it All Hot Air: Ventilating Homes, Why? How Much? and How?Why do we need to ventilate homes? How much air do we need to do it? Once we’ve figured that out, what systems should we install? These are big questions, but this session will hopefully provide useful answers. We’ll begin with a discussion of health impacts of ventilation and different ventilation rates. The latter part will explore various ventilation systems: pros and cons, costs and benefits, and tips for installing the best systems for your project.Single Family3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMHarborview 2Robb Aldrich , Paul Francisco 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Enlightened Structures: Reducing Material-Based Carbon EmissionsThe role of a building's structure, and of the structural engineer, in achieving sustainability goals is frequently marginalized. Yet it represents a majority of a new building project's material mass and embodied energy, and is responsible for a large portion of its CO2e emissions. It can also play a role in the annual energy usage of a building, both in good ways (i.e. thermal mass) and bad (i.e. thermal bridging). This presentation will look at quantifying the CO2e of conventional structural systems (concrete, steel, masonry, timber), and alternative systems (SIPs, ICFs, strawbale), and what might be done differently, if CO2e reduction was a design parameter. We will then explore a structural system designed for deconstruction (DfD) and how this approach might influence CO2e emissions. Finally, we will identify some structural details which can cause significant thermal bridging, and strategies to reduce or eliminate the energy loss resulting from these conditions.Multifamily3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMHarborview 3Jim D'Aloisio , Mark Webster , Russell Miller-Johnson , Kara Peterman 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Beyond Utility Bills: Energy Data CollectionThe use of utility bills to benchmark building performance is a critical first step in any approach to energy conservation. However, utility bills can only tell you so much about how to improve building performance. Five multifamily buildings received circuit level electricity, temperature, and CO2 monitoring equipment. The data identified inefficient mechanical designs, incorrect installations, poor maintenance and individual apartments with high energy use. We will review what we measured and what we learned, including energy savings as a result of this monitoring strategy.Multifamily3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMCityview 2Toby Ast , Julie Klump , John Snell 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Solar Air Heating 2.0You think trombe walls are a relic of the 70s, right? Using extensive data from multiple case studies throughout Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts, including a high school, a fire station and a public works facility, this session will review the potential of modern commercial and industrial solar air heating in the Northeast. We will examine cost and performance viability with live and historical energy, temperature and air flow data as well as explore the impacts of design variations such as collector types, air flow rates, system sizes and HVAC design. The session will also compare system designs such as transpired metal, transpired glazing and glazed recirculating collectors. Attendees will develop an understanding of where this technology is best used, how to integrate it and the cost-payback potential against various fuel types.Commercial & Institutional3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMWaterfront 3Mick Dunn 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Balancing Historic Preservation and Energy Performance Historic New England’s approach to weatherization emphasizes preservation over intervention. But as shown by the energy retrofit that achieved an over 60% reduction in energy usage at the Lyman House, a National Historic Landmark, energy performance and preservation can co-exist. This session will discuss HNE’s preservation philosophy and how it guides the organization’s energy conservation projects. We will share an energy usage analysis of all 36 HNE properties and discuss how that information is used to prioritize actions.Multi-Sector3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMCityview 1Ben Haavik , Colleen Chapin Jean Carroon 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Islands of Power – Microgrids Enabling Technology for Energy ResiliencyWhile the concept of microgrids and their attributes continue to generate hype, there are few guidelines on microgrid best planning and implementation practices. Microgrids must be able to function on their own (in islanded mode), integrate intermittent generation (such as solar or wind) with baseload generation, and balance overall generation with internal loads. Additionally, interconnection practices with the local utility grid are evolving for behind-the-meter installations. There are real safety concerns, such as prevention of back-feeding onto the grid, and benefits, offering power during outages as well as grid support. This session will dive into what it’s like to plan, propose, design, and build microgrids without glossing over the nitty-gritty details of how microgrids actually work. Speakers will discuss microgrids that support multi-family buildings in New York City and the Massachusetts communities who are creating microgrids with the help of thestate’s Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative.Energy Distribution3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMBeacon Hill ComplexHenry Misas , Amy McGuire , Andrea Ranger 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
It Takes A City: Lessons from Somerville's Residential Energy Efficiency ProgramIn 2011, Somerville launched a city-wide residential energy efficiency program aimed at a difficult-to reach demographic: middle income rental properties. Efforts to reduce residential energy consumption with its dense population required numerous alliances: utility leaders, a banking institution, and consultants worked closely together. Over 60% of Somerville households are occupied by tenants; renter/owner roadblocks were addressed. This presentation will examine municipality, utility and resident collaborations necessary to make such a program succeed.This presentation will examine and discuss the collaborative relationships and practices required to make thisproject work: the renter/owner relationship, the municipality/resident relationship, the municipality/utility relationship. This session will focus mostly on what did not work and what to do differently next time. At the same time, it will highlight the innovative practices that worked as well. Places3/4/2015 7:00-PM3/4/2015 8:30-PMHarborview 1Brian Bowen , Russell Koty , Craig Foley , William Stack , Harrison Grubbs 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
How to Heat Water in All-Electric Homes and ApartmentsWith the drop in envelope loads and the rise in efficient heat pumps (even in cold climates), quite a few homes are moving away from fossil fuels towards electric HVAC. One recurring question is: what to do about water heating? This session covers various options - simple electric tanks, tankless electric heaters, solar thermal, heat pump water heaters, etc. - and presents real cost and energy data from several research & evaluation projects.Single Family3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMCityview 1Robb Aldrich 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Making the Financial Case for Net Zero BuildingsThe presentation illustrates the financial prudence of net zero buildings today. From the outset of design through construction and operation, Maclay Architects and Energy Balance utilize comparative energy modeling and cost estimating to determine financial benefits of net zero buildings compared to code compliant or intermediate building solutions. This detailed analysis demonstrates how fossil fuel powered buildings no longer make economic sense. Case studies illustrate the detailed and interwoven financial/energy analysis process used to convince building owners to pursue aggressive energy conservation. These include a net zero feasibility study for a mixed use office/manufacturing/residential project at NRG, a 65,000 sf office renovation and a 15,000 sf new dining hall. This presentation provides a clear financial analysis process, metrics, and templates to guide net zero projects from initiation to completion/operation. Builders, developers, owners, investors and designers will gain the understanding necessary to successfully make the financial case for net zero buildings.Multi-Sector3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMCityview 2Bill Maclay , Andy Shapiro , Laura Bailey , Craig Simmons Vernon Woodworth 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Footprinting Our Projects & OperationsHigh-performance building standards and goals typically focus on operating energy. But how much energy does it take to build (or retrofit) that high performance building, or operate your company in the first place? We'll try to answer this question by examining the South Mountain Company carbon footprint project and a Byggmeister analysis of the embodied energy of several retrofits. Finally, we'll discuss what we can do about it — what we can change in our business operations and building practices to reduce the footprints of our work. Single Family3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMHarborview 3Paul Eldrenkamp , Trevor Romich , John Abrams , Jim Newman 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Creating a Culture of Energy Responsibility: How to Move Americans to Make the Right MovesAmericans say energy efficiency and renewables are important, and that they’re worried about their ability to pay for energy in the future, our dependence on foreign countries and depleting resources. But what are they doing about it?Research shows Americans’ propensity to act on energy generation and efficiency options is in a three-year decline. Why?-  Most don’t think they have a problem when it comes to conserving energy.-  They don’t understand what we’re talking about. You’ll be shocked at how few common terms they understand and at what they think we mean when we talk about energy efficiency.-  After “being good” during the recession, they don’t want to do anything else. They want manufacturers, builders and governments to do it for them.This session will dig into these insights and address what we need to do to overcome the objections and apathy and move Americans forward. Multi-Sector3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMHarborview 1Suzanne Shelton 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
The Building Science of Multifamily Passive HouseThis session will explore the building science implications of achieving the Passive House metrics for larger buildings and will highlight the difference in design strategies compared to single family Passive House homes. Multifamily projects of all types, but especially affordable housing developers, appreciate the benefits of achieving Passive House, such as increased durability, low operating and maintenance costs, assured comfort, and superior indoor air quality.Multifamily3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMSkylineKatrin Klingenberg 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Building Science PuzzlesAt BuildingGreen, I spend about one-fifth of my time doing building investigations, mostly residential. In this session, I will present the building assessment information for a series of investigations (one or two commercial/institutional buildings), we will work to identify the problem(s) and possible solution(s), and then I will present the actual solution (right, wrong, in between…). Come ready to quip, throw jabs and darts, but, please, no suits (law or three-piece…although there is overlap, of course).Single Family3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMHarborview 2Peter Yost 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Urban Food Production, Distribution and Energy RecoveryAs architects, engineers, and municipal planners, how can we rethink the built environment to install more urban food production and distribution in the city? An urban permaculture will frame the session, discussing practices such as: green roofs, pink houses, vertical growing walls, a farm-in-a-box and vertical farms. We will mix short presentations with facilitated conversation about how we, as urban practitioners, can shape the built environment to include urban food.Multi-Sector3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMBeacon Hill ComplexGeorge Mokray , Rebecca Rahmlow , Viraj Puri 1.5 AIA, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Sustainable Solar PolicyWith net metering and clean energy policy being challenged across the country, the solar community needs to develop more sustainable solutions that reflect the real cost and benefit impacts that distributed energy resources have on the grid and society. This session will address efforts to create a better economic model for distributed generation throughout the Northeast. Among the issues discussed will be efforts to create value based rate structures to encourage solar, storage, security, smarts, and savings on the electrical grid.Energy Distribution3/4/2015 9:00-PM3/4/2015 10:30-PMWaterfront 3Karl Rabago , Janet Gail Besser , Nathan Phelps Fred Unger , Stephan Wollenburg 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
H2-Uh-Oh: Moisture Risks and How to Manage ThemDo you understand moisture dynamics? Do you have a comprehensive plan to control moisture in your buildings? If you answered no to either question, then you run the risks of occupant discomfort, mold growth, excessive maintenance and/or premature building failure. This session will help you avoid these risks. A veteran building scientist and co-author of the EPA Moisture Control Guide will share key measures—from design through operations—for controlling water and moisture in buildings.Multi-Sector3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMHarborview 2Terry Brennan 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Applying Passive House Principles to 160 Units of Affordable Housing - Lessons LearnedFairfax Gardens was a 150 unit dilapidated public housing development in Taunton, MA. The THA selected Trinity Financial to be the developer, owner and operator of a 160 unit replacement program on two sites. The Hope VI Program requires a very competitive funding application that includes strong sustainability incentives measured using Leed and/or Enterprise Green community checklist criteria. The Fairfax Gardens funding application was successful in part because it committed to very aggressive energy conservation measures. To meet these commitments, the development team had to work collaboratively through the design process to develop systems and details that would produce one of the most energy efficient affordable housing developments in the country. Emphasis was put on simplicity for operation and maintenance, affordability, constructability at scale, dependability, and very low energy bills for residents. In addition, the project had to negotiate the myriad of regulations governing allowable rents and utility charges.Multifamily3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMHarborview 3Hank Keating , James Petersen , Lauren Baumann Ashley Wisse 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Dematerialization AppliedAs a follow-up to "Dematerializing Buildings" at BE14, this session will explore how the dematerialization and lightweighting of buildings is being put into practice. Many of the technologies discussed in the March 2014 session are now being put into actual application while more new technologies are entering the pipeline at a rapid rate. Driven by energy and environmental concerns, some projects are now quantifying the material savings and embodied carbon reduction resulting from lightweighting strategies. The speakers will describe the progress of dematerialization and its real impact on design, engineering, and construction. This will include case studies of technologies that have gained market acceptance and projects that have actively embraced them. Attendees will be encouraged to engage in an interactive discussion of techniques for incorporating resource-efficient products to improve building performance, durability, and resilience.Learn more at: http://www.dmass.netMulti-Sector3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMSkylineMark Loeffler , Howard Brown Jamie Wolf , Amelia Amon , Chuck Silver 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
The All Glass Building - Is Energy Efficiency Possible?While glass buildings continue to rise throughout our cities, the question of their sustainability remains. The market is demanding high glazing percentage for the daylight, views, and marketing potential it provides, which can present a considerable hurdle in promoting energy efficiency in modern buildings. During this session, two speakers with varying views will frame the current debate surrounding the all glass building and its place in energy efficient, sustainable design. Specific examples with different methodologies will be presented. We will see if it is possible for the design community as a whole to align on a viewpoint relative to glass and sustainability, so a clear message can be unilaterally conveyed to the broader market.Commercial & Institutional3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMWaterfront 3John Hannum , Andrea Love , Daniel Nauman 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Renewable Energy Powering Local Self-Reliance: Case Studies from GermanyOver 150 villages in Germany produce all of the electricity and most of the heat they consume.  In these so-called "bioenergy villages," renewable energy systems are driving economic growth.   This session will provide an overview of the growing movement in Germany toward communally-developed and owned energy systems, focusing particularly on two villages in northern Germany.  The development process for these villages will be explored, as will the factors contributing to their success.Energy Distribution3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMBeacon Hill ComplexAndrew Dey 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Efficient Cities: Are Ordinances, Competitions and Planning Efforts Helping?Over a dozen cities across the country have enacted, or are likely to enact, energy disclosure policies. Municipal governments have also been organizing carbon challenges, and engaging in centralized planning toward ambitious emissions targets. Amidst all of these efforts, what is working, and what isn’t? In this session, we will discuss whether existing policies are meeting expectations, what long-term visions tie these efforts together, and how we might measure success.Places3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMCityview 2Barun Singh , Carl Spector , Cliff Majersik , Patrick Love , John Bolduc 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Lies, Damned Lies and Green Building StandardsNever get the R-15 wool insulation pulled over your eyes again! Separating green from greenwash is getting harder as standards proliferate. Tristan and Paula from BuildingGreen bring you the latest in clever greenwash with this lively and interactive chat on what makes a label truly green. Even if you come knowing nothing about green building labels, you'll leave with new knowledge--as well as new wisdom. We'll show you how to ask the right questions and make your own judgment next time a company tries to convince you that its pet metric or label is the greenest of them all.Commercial & Institutional3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMCityview 1Paula Melton , Tristan Roberts 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Community Energy Footprints: Taking Residential Efficiency to ScaleFor all the Non Net Zero Homes out there, how can energy tracking at the community level help achieve 2030 goals? Four diverse building pros share lessons learned from their experience tracking the energy use of a typical Boston suburb using several benchmarking methods, and discuss how cross referencing tools and technologies can help create community buy-in for achieving C02 reduction targets. The session will close with an open discussion of how to scale up expertise to the community level. Multi-Sector3/5/2015 1:30-PM3/5/2015 3:00-PMHarborview 1Henry MacLean , Keith Burrows , J.B. Clancy Laura Notman 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Efficiency Financing: The Current Landscape and Future PossibilitiesEnergy efficiency financing is a complex topic. There are numerous options available to borrowers, from traditional loans to experimental programs. On the lending side, there is no single consistent approach to loan risk assessment, which presents market challenges. In this session, we will unravel this topic to discuss how efficiency financing works today. We will also consider how increased access to data-driven tools might improve lending practices in the future.Multifamily3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMBeacon Hill ComplexBarun Singh , Ben Healey , Christopher Diamond , Betsy Glynn 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
LEDing the Lighting Revolution Part 1: How Many Light Bulbs Will it Take? If LEDs are the next best thing, why do so many building professionals still feel “in the dark” about the technology? Welcome to modern lighting where counter-intuitive chaotic tension is the hallmark of the LED revolution. Part one will focus on the most accessible, yet possibly most frustrating, LED product category: the replacement light bulb. Expectations for LED bulbs are great but until this year, any advantage was both marginal and expensive. In the past year, the best LED lamps have pushed efficiency significantly upwards. Years into the incandescent phase-out, is LED technology living up to its promise? Why are some approved LED lamps still less efficient than a cheap CFL? What are industry leaders doing to maximize mainstream adoption? What should we expect in pricing? And should building professionals even be promoting screw-in bulbs, or do new LED fixtures provide better savings?Multi-Sector3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMHarborview 1Taylor Jantz-Sell , Jim Gaines 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Sensible Solutions to Latent Problems: Managing Humidity in High Performance HomesLow-load homes struggle with summertime humidity more than conventional homes, and the Northeast isn’t getting any less tropical.  Let’s get ready.  We will consider how latent and sensible loads differ for low-load homes, how to calculate required equipment performance, and what our equipment options are.  After reviewing the basics of the psychrometric chart, we’ll use it as our playbook, loading it with zippy-looking graphics galore.  We will also present monitoring from recently built low-load homes.Single Family3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMCityview 1David White , Aubrey Gewehr Paul Eldrenkamp 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Reinventing the Water Grid Part I: Science, Behavior & DollarsThis session is in two parts.Water is scarcer. Systems for both fresh and waste water are vulnerable. Water standards are increasingly stringent to protect ecosystems and public health. Since water and energy are so inextricably intertwined, the term, “water grid" provides a unique frame for exploring how to operate a more closed-loop system of water production and use. As architects, engineers, builders and municipal planners, what will we have to rethink and re-do about processing fresh and waste water in developing the next generation of the built environment? Both sessions are explorations into emerging, but sometimes not yet proven, solutions in technology, design, behavior change and policy. Session one will examine the present and emergent conditions regarding both fresh and waste water. It will provide an overview of what is being done to change the conversation, change policy, and change practice about water use in the built environment. For example, how building and zoning code changes are reducing water use.Multi-Sector3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMHarborview 2Curt Spalding , Abraham Noe-Hays , Kim Nace , Ken Mirvis , Nadav Malin , Robert Leaver 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Responding to the Buckminster Fuller ChallengeThe Buckminster Fuller Challenge invites today’s practitioners to answer his call "to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” What would Bucky do? Buckminster Fuller’s legacy is alive. His teachings restore our optimism and encourage us to strive for progress. The Buckminster Fuller Challenge invites today’s practitioners to answer his call "to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” Past challenge winners John Todd, Ocean Arks International (2008) and Ryan Chin, MIT City Science Initiative (2009) join MA Commissioner of Agricultural Resources Greg Watson (Former E.D. New Alchemy Institute) to draw the through line from Fuller's comprehensive anticipatory design science (CADS) to the transformative projects they lead today and the inspiring careers that work has sustained. This session is developed in collaborations with the Buckminster Fuller Institute to explore Fuller’s unique perspective on energy and resources as practiced by these and other Challenge winners. It is a companion session to “Dematerialization Applied.”Learn more at: 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMSkylineJohn Todd , Ryan Chin , Greg Watson Jamie Wolf , Amelia Amon , Chuck Silver 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Installing commercial windows and curtain walls without thermal bridges, air or water leaksThis session will look at the basic shapes of aluminum and fiberglass products used for frames, and identify the basic principles to be used to develop functional details for both new and retrofit construction. We will isolate the heat, air, and water control layers in windows and connect those in precast, solid masonry, and framed walls. Issues of structural support, construction sequencing, building movement, and high humidity interiors will be addressed. Numerous examples and case studies rich with photographs and drawings will be used.Commercial & Institutional3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMHarborview 3John Straube 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Lessons from Scandinavia (Part 1)Paul, Chris, Andy, Tom and Heather went to Scandinavia to learn about what the Swedes and Danes are doing about climate change. In two sessions, we'll present what we learned in visiting buildings, building professionals, city officials, and researchers in these two countries, and how it may or may not relate to our efforts here at home. Multi-Sector3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMCityview 2Thomas Hartman , Paul Eldrenkamp , Andy Shapiro , Chris Benedict , Heather Nolen 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Close the Windows! Changing Occupant behavior with Heat Pumps and Individual MeteringAdvances in building envelopes and HVAC equipment enable widespread use of air source heat pumps by many in the "Net Zero Energy" and "Passive House" movements. Steve Bluestone will report on two related items: a three year performance study of an air source heat pump system using hourly measurements (done with Henry Gifford and built above his garage) and the design and construction of his new 101 unit high performance rental building in NYC utilizing the same technology. Each apartment has individual electric metering of each heat pump and will provide minute by minute consumption data in perpetuity. Electricity sub-metering, who pays for the heat, energy consumption data and the regulatory hurdles will be covered in this session. In the end, the goal is to have tenants pay for their own heat, have their rents downwardly adjusted by a fair value, and ultimately, to see the windows stay closed throughout the heating season.Multifamily3/5/2015 3:30-PM3/5/2015 5:00-PMWaterfront 3Steve Bluestone 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
The Future of Homebuilding Can't Wait: Making Sustainable, Low Energy Dwellings the NormIt is said that homebuilding can look back at 300 years of history unimpeded by progress. It’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the energy-sucking, defect prone truth is unacceptable. Homeowners, society, and even the health of our planet have been underserved by the quality standard of our homes. As the vicious cycle of climate change accelerates, we must achieve a home quality paradigm shift now. That will mean thinking differently, acting differently, and doing differently.Speaker: Tedd Benson, Bensonwood & Unity HomesSingle Family3/5/2015 5:30-PM3/5/2015 6:45-PMBeacon Hill ComplexTedd Benson 1 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Unit Available.
LEDing the Lighting Revolution Part 2: Advanced Strategies both Efficient and SmartFor many applications indoors and out, LED fixtures offer clear efficiency advantages. But there are few generalities; quality ranges wildly and misinformation is thick. So what's the ultimate in LED lighting today? While the best LED fixtures can provide 40-60% efficiency savings, our speakers are combining the best fixtures with the smartest controls to drive total energy savings to 80-90% or more — i.e., within the range of what we need to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Paying close attention to task and time, these cutting-edge approaches reveal a whole new way of looking at lighting — and may require the training of a whole new generation of technicians. Multi-Sector3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMHarborview 1George Woodbury , Brian Chemel 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Multifamily Ventilation 302Central ventilation systems in multifamily buildings are a vital building system that often compromises overall building performance (ie they don’t perform to code almost 100% of the time). Correcting ventilation problems can produce significant energy savings in multifamily buildings while also improving occupant comfort and health. Central ventilation system restoration is an emerging energy retrofit that has had its bumps along the way. This session explores the lessons learned from projects that encountered a variety of design and implementation problems along the way, but ultimately achieved good performance results.Multifamily3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMHarborview 3Marc Zuluaga , Thomas Holmes Andrew Padian 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Inside and Out: Integrated Building Facade and HVAC DesignThis session provides an overview of the interactions between the building façade and HVAC systems. By distilling this subject into macro and micro level themes, we hope to broaden the understanding of what is needed to design and construct a high performing system. Integration is particularly critical when designing to the trend of highly glazed buildings required to meet increasingly stringent energy targets. While radiant HVAC strategies offer improved energy performance, they have limited peak capacities due to installation and cost restrictions. This places critical importance on measures to minimize peak envelope loads, ensuring that the more efficient radiant HVAC design strategy remains logistically viable. Using relevant project examples, we will break down building loads, explore different HVAC system strategies, and highlight the role of measurement and verification to ensure performance. Construction management and commissioning experience will inform recommendations to avoid common design and installation pitfalls.Commercial & Institutional3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMWaterfront 3Roselin Osser , Bob Goossens 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Reinventing the Water Grid Part II: Nutrient Recycling and Other Opportunities for Fun & ProfitSession two will dig deeper into two solutions – both fresher paths forward than the expensive model of centralized-systems solutions. First is a look into cities such as Atlanta, where the cost of water and wastewater have soared but the system and the treatment technologies are working. Second is the promising practice of source-separating urine for fertilizer production—a pilot in Falmouth, MA is demonstrating cost-effective alternative to building a new treatment plant. Both examples involve the challenges of changing occupant behavior, and both introduce new business opportunities for rethinking water use. The session will close by identifying the nuggets, from both sessions for us to further reflect on about policy, design, technology & practice, and behavior change. Multi-Sector3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMHarborview 2Curt Spalding , Abraham Noe-Hays , Kim Nace , Ken Mirvis , Nadav Malin , Robert Leaver 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Inspiring Change: Campus Mission and the Living Building ChallengeThe RW Kern Center is designed to embody Hampshire College’s mission of fostering positive change in the world—and to meet the Living Building Challenge. This new ‘gateway’ building creates an opportunity for a powerful transformation of Hampshire’s 1960's vehicle-dominated, Brutalist campus core into a pedestrian friendly naturalistic landscape. The Kern Center will “operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture”, and contribute to Hampshire Community values of active inquiry, creativity, social justice, entrepreneurship, and the sustainable future.Commercial & Institutional3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMSkylineJason Jewhurst , Charley Stevenson , Jonathan Wright , Beth Hooker 1.5 AIA, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Tiny Bubbles: The Deal With Spray Foam“Is Foam Evil?”—that’s how this session was originally titled. Saner heads prevailed: foam is so highly insulating, so airtight, so slick on the jobsite, how could we ask such a question? Wait—it’s just those wonderful features that suck us in and make us love foam and forget about those toxic chemicals, occupational hazards, climate impacts, and faulty installations. Is that evil? Come discuss design choices, material options, and building science with our panel.Multi-Sector3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMCityview 1Ken Levenson , Tristan Roberts , John Straube , Priya Jain Margo Valdés 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Lessons from Scandinavia (Part 2)Paul, Chris, Andy, Tom and Heather went to Scandinavia to learn about what the Swedes and Danes are doing about climate change. In two sessions, we'll present what we learned in visiting buildings, building professionals, city officials, and researchers in these two countries, and how it may or may not relate to our efforts here at home. Multi-Sector3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMCityview 2Thomas Hartman , Paul Eldrenkamp , Andy Shapiro , Chris Benedict , Heather Nolen 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Minisplit Heat Pumps: Lessons from the FieldMinisplit heat pumps are now used in most high performance homes in New England. Kohta monitored eight homes built by Transformations and Marc has over sixty homes and non-residential buildings with minisplits. After a brief overview of system types, we’ll share energy use data as well as comfort and distribution studies, and cover issues with installation, sizing, setbacks, and some of the quirks of this nifty technology. Have fun with two MIT nerds!Single Family3/5/2015 7:00-PM3/5/2015 8:30-PMBeacon Hill ComplexMarc Rosenbaum , Kohta Ueno 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.
Closing Forum: 100 Years of ExperienceThe closing forum will feature 6 Pecha Kucha 20x20 presentations (20 slides, each for 20 seconds) followed by a discussion moderated by Matt Root. Participants will include three sages—John Abrams, Chuck Silver and Terry Brennan and three rising stars - Declan Keefe, Ace McArleton and Stephanie Horowitz. In 90 minutes, this session will teach you more about building, design, business, and life than you could learn in 10 years on your own.The three sages will go first, sharing their hard-won knowledge about best practices: what works, what doesn't, and how they have survived and thrived for 30+ years in the industry. The rising stars will then follow suit, sharing their current and anticipated paths, the challenges they are facing, and where they are following in the steps of the previous generation and where they are blazing new trails.Multi-Sector3/5/2015 9:00-PM3/5/2015 10:30-PMCityview 1 & 2John Abrams , Terry Brennan , Ace McArleton , Chuck Silver , Declan Keefe , Stephanie Horowitz , Matt Root 1.5 AIA, BPI, GBCI Continuing Education Units Available.