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
BOS19-207Carbon Drawdown Now! Turning Buildings into Carbon SinksWith our BuildingEnergy Boston 2019 theme of “Know-How” in mind, we are pleased to announce this year's keynote session, presented by Chris Magwood of the Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ontario and Jacob Racusin and Ace McArleton of New Frameworks in Burlington, VT.“Carbon Drawdown Now” will help you know how buildings have the potential to become the world’s fifth largest carbon sink, rather than a leading emitter, and more clearly know why your work is essential for climate justice and social equity.We will examine the theory of embodied carbon emissions and carbon storage in materials, the wide range of carbon storing materials available now and those in R&D phase, and the global potential for carbon storage in the built environment. A section on cost analysis and the decision-making process will spotlight real-world case studies of buildings that heavily incorporate carbon-storing materials. Strategies will be identified for both residential and non-residential projects, throughout different parts of the design process, using different tools. During the keynote, we will show how we can advance climate justice through the development of the built environment, and how our industry can partner with allied industries in agriculture and forestry to find solutions to social, ecological, and economic problems.You will leave this keynote feeling reinvigorated in your work, eager to connect our community of practitioners with the wider network of change-makers, and fired up to transform our built environment and our world.Sponsored by:BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 8:30-AM3/14/2019 10:00-AMHarbor 1 and 2Chris Magwood , Ace McArleton , Jacob Racusin Megan Nedzinski AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy, #CS-8623+86242 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-101Affordable Multi-Family Housing Net Zero AND Passive House? Challenges, Opportunities, Mistakes and SolutionsIf high end clients can’t “afford” Passive House or Net Zero Energy Certification, how can non-profit housing developers possibly afford both? Twin Pines Housing is taking on that challenge with a 29-unit affordable multifamily building in Lebanon, NH. Currently under construction and slated for completion in August 2019, this session investigates the cost-effective envelope, detailing, mechanical strategies, and renewable energy systems necessary for the project to achieve both certifications. The project addresses a challenging combination of long-term capital costs, incentives, financial requirements, and a limited budget. The panel will address the numerous uncertainties, challenges, and the reasoning behind pursuing combined NZE and Passive House certifications. Come find out if our project is on track for dual certifications.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMHarbor 3Laura Bailey , Karen Bushey , Bill Maclay , Andrew Winter Christina McPike AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL  1.5 hours Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-102The Cannabis Cultivation Conundrum: Lessons and Insights from the Design Studio to the GrowroomWith a growing growing industry and a fresh round of local energy regulation, we will provide new insights into actual design and just how much energy real cannabis production facilities are consuming. Sam will share highlights from the national Cannabis Energy Report and updates on the ever-evolving nation-leading energy regulations. Brian will offer a designer’s view of cultivators’ decision-making, facility design, and how cleaner energy measures might be deployed. Nick will share data and trends gleaned from evaluating the effectiveness of energy efficiency measures deployed at cannabis facilities in Massachusetts.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMMarina 3Brian Anderson , Nicholas Collins , Fred Davis , Sam Milton Fred Davis AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursMA CSL  1.5 hours EnergyAICP 1.5 Energy credits1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-103Connecting the Dots: Aligning Policy, Programs and FundingOver the past decade, state and municipal jurisdictions have adopted increasingly ambitious climate action plans and goals for the reduction of building energy consumption. However, the devil is in the details! Regulations and policies relating to utility incentives, local zoning, building codes, and finance mechanisms often fall far short of big picture goals. This workshop will host a robust discussion and identify actionable solutions to align energy policies, programs, and funding to meet state and municipal climate goals. Various facets will be considered, such as affordable housing finance and regulation, municipal ordinances to reduce existing building energy consumption and cost implications for building owners, and more.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMMarina 1Edward Connelly , Seth Federspiel , Eugenia Gibbons , Hank Keating , Harvey Michaels , Deanna Moran Sisia Daglian AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP 1.5 Comprehensive Planning credits1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-104CANCELLED - Real-World Lessons in the Design and Application of Variable-Refrigerant Volume (VRF) SystemsThis session is CANCELLED - with our apologies.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMHarbor 2Joseph Novella , Thomas Esposito Kurt Roth AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI 1.5 BD+C, ID+C, O+M hoursMA CSL  1.5 hours Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-105Tools of the Trade for Building DiagnosticsHow do you go about diagnosing a sick, leaky, dripping, humid, dry, or uncomfortable building? Join Kohta Ueno for an overview of the tools that he commonly uses in his diagnostic work on building enclosures and mechanical systems. We’ll learn about everything from the air side (blower doors, airflow meters, flow sensors) to the moisture side (spray testing, moisture meters, hygrometers) to the heat side (infrared cameras, temperature meters) – instruments that measure things that are not easily visualized. Multiple case studies will demonstrate how these measurements provide actionable results in solving problems.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMHarbor 1Kohta Ueno Shawn Gallagher AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI 1.5 BD+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL  1.5 hours Energy3 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
BOS19-106Getting Schooled in Passive House (Tale of Two Schools)The New England climate put high performance building to the test for the construction of two Passive House schools in Southern Maine: new construction of the Maine Coast Waldorf High School in Freeport, the first Passive House certified high school in the US, and an addition to the lower school (pre-K thru 5th grade) on the Waynflete Campus in Portland’s historic West End. The design teams will share lessons learned during design, bidding, construction, and certification. They will explain how energy modeling and the PHIUS review process informed the evolution of the building envelope, systems, and detailing. Differences in life cycle cost analysis and integration strategies for key players (client, sustainability consultant and contractor) will be discussed along with challenges of tight construction budgets and schedules.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMHarbor 2Chris Briley , Harry Hepburn , Colin Schless , Julia Tate Arlen Li AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-113Developing Leadership Effectiveness: The Superpower for Excellence in DesignLeadership effectiveness is keystone to an organization’s success, but not always a skillset supported in the education of design professionals. Developing your leadership capabilities begins with self-awareness of your strengths and challenges, and understanding when to apply them in different situations. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how emotional intelligence influences how you engage people, and how to use the basic elements of change management to implement new ideas and improve communication. Whether you are at the executive level, a manager or a project team leader – or just want to “lead from the middle” and champion sustainability or other issues, improving these skills will be critical to your success.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 10:30-AM3/14/2019 12:00-PMMarina 2Barbra Batshalom , Tamar Warburg Jennifer Hatch AIA 1.5 LUMA CSL 1.5 hours Business Practice1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-119Diversity Caucus and Focus GroupFor people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, and womenCalling all people of color/indigenous people, queer, trans and gender non-binary individuals (lgbtqia), women, and people with disabilities within the larger NESEA community. Grab your lunch and join us for an opportunity to get to know one another, share stories related to your identity and experience as a person often underrepresented in the design and construction sector. Speak out about instances of discrimination, oppressive dynamics, and microaggressions in our industry, as well as share strategies, successes, and strengths of our social identities with each other. Discuss some of the ways in which we can deepen the commitment to racial, gender, economic and disability justice in our high-performance building world. Brainstorm next steps our NESEA community can take to further invest in the People part of the triple bottom line, implement the commitment to diversity stated in the 2017 strategic plan, and continue to work at creating a truly inclusive conference and industry.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 12:15-PM3/14/2019 1:15-PMMarina 4Mel Baiser , Miriam Gee , Ace McArleton , Maria Washington
BOS19-120The Transmogrification of HVAC in Today’s High Performance BuildingsThis session will provide attendees insight into the disruptive technology that is changing the HVAC industry in North America. The commercial HVAC industry is slow to adopt new technology, and engineers and architects and contractors like doing what they know. We will discuss the impact on energy efficiency, optimization, reliability and the IoT, and look at barriers to adoption of these new, better approaches to heating, cooling and ventilating our buildings of today.Sponsored by:      BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 12:15-PM3/14/2019 1:15-PMHarbor 3Barry Stephens 1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-107Healthy for People and Planet: Why Smart Material Choices Are Essential for High Performing BuildingsWhether net zero, Passive House, or other certification is your objective, incorporating a healthy materials strategy is as essential as figuring out how you will design the building envelope and mechanical systems. Thoughtful selection of materials can help design teams get a better handle on the embodied carbon impact of those materials choices and thus help buildings achieve better embodied carbon outcomes. In this active, high-participation session, attendees will identify where harmful chemicals might reside in building products using the “Six Classes” approach. We’ll review some of the literature on the impacts of materials choices on a building’s carbon footprint. Finally, we’ll discuss design strategies to increase the use of healthier materials in order to better address occupant and ecological health.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 1:30-PM3/14/2019 3:00-PMHarbor 3Lisa Carey Moore , Jacob Racusin Christopher Nielson AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursMA CSL  1.5 hours EnergyRESNET 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-108The Race Toward DecarbonizationMany states in the Northeast have aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals, but are we on track to get there? While energy efficiency has been critical to minimize load growth and in some cases turn the curve downward, reductions in greenhouse gases from the building sector have been glacially slow in comparison with electric generation emissions reductions in the Northeast. We need to move swiftly and steeply down in carbon emissions to reach our goals. This session will present an action plan towards decarbonization, including a focus on new construction and  air source heat pumps, to help the region meet our decarbonization goals.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 1:30-PM3/14/2019 3:00-PMMarina 3Gina Bocra , Elizabeth Galloway , Deanna Moran , Paul Ormond , Darren Port Mark Schow AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hours EnergyAICP 1.5 Sustainability credits1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-109Capital Improvement Plan: From Concept to ImplementationPlanning for big goals, like becoming a Net Zero community, while attending to the smallest details of managing a diverse building portfolio, is hard. This session will explore how the City of Cambridge, MA is doing just that, using a long-term, integrated capital improvement plan. Implemented in 2015, the Cambridge Municipal Facilities Improvement Plan (MFIP) is a 43-building, 13-year program designed to achieve a low-carbon, resilient, healthy, and inclusive building portfolio, while simultaneously attending to short-term emergency and deferred maintenance needs. Representatives from Cambridge’s DPW, Arup Engineering, and ICON Architecture will discuss processes used to build consensus around the MFIP and its multi-faceted goals. They will share insight into data collection and visualization methods, tools developed, initial projects implemented, and lessons learned.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 1:30-PM3/14/2019 3:00-PMHarbor 2Ned Collier , Julie Lynch , Rebecca Hatchadorian Geoff Gunn , Alan Glynn AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP 1.5 Comprehensive Planning credits 1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-110When the Grid Goes Down: Saving Lives with Your Building's Envelope and Backup PowerStorms, wildfires, heat waves, cyber-terrorism: For many reasons, there is growing interest in ensuring that our buildings will keep occupants safe and provide a reasonable level of functionality during extended power outages or loss of heating fuel. This workshop will detail two ways to address these needs: first, design strategies for buildings to ensure that reasonably safe thermal conditions will be maintained passively in the event of lost power or heating fuel; and second, providing back up power to serve critical needs in a building. In the second half of this session, participants will work in small groups to apply these strategies for LEED Resilient Design Pilot credit IDpc100 Passive Survivability and Backup Power During Disruptions.Note: Capacity for this session is limited to 80.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 1:30-PM3/14/2019 3:00-PMMarina 2Katie Courtney , Jim Newman , Alex Wilson Sonia Barrantes AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI 1.5 BD+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-111The Art + Science of Cost-Effective High-Performance Buildings: How Data Informs OutcomesCreating high-performance buildings requires a balance of art and science. Design decisions can no longer be guided by aesthetics and intuition alone; they require careful study to achieve desired outcomes. Using recent work in the Northeast, this session will show how data can be used to inform design decisions. Case studies will cover how data from both predictive analysis as well as post-occupancy evaluation was used to answer the following questions:Can we provide Harvard-recommended CO2 levels without increasing energy?How can sunshades be optimized to reduce system sizing and glare?What is the best affordable wall assembly for this climate?How does high-performance compare to code compliance in terms of cost?To what degree can we replace typical civil infrastructure with biosystems?BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 1:30-PM3/14/2019 3:00-PMMarina 1Dan Arons , Heather Jauregui , Jana Silsby Marcell Graeff AIA 1.5 LU/HSWGBCI 1.5 BD+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy3 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
BOS19-112Air Source Heat Pumps: Measured Performance and Best PracticesA cast of experienced building energy geeks discuss measured performance of air source heat pumps and best practices for installation. With so many ASHP systems going into new buildings, we keep learning new information and new ways to make mistakes. We want to share this knowledge to save at least a few stubbed toes! We have logged energy usage of several air source heat pump systems, including multi-head systems, and from the data estimated system COP under a variety of weather conditions. We will focus on the data and then zoom out to implications for best practices.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 1:30-PM3/14/2019 3:00-PMHarbor 1Bruce Harley , Marc Rosenbaum , Andy Shapiro Ted Hetzel AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI 1.5 BD+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-117Pull Back the Curtain! What Is Really Happening in Your Boiler Room?New Ecology, Inc. installed low-cost monitoring equipment in over 100 buildings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in fall 2016. Over two years later, there is a wealth of information to share! The initial project goal was energy savings, and we saved a lot, but we were surprised about the numerous ways in which savings could be thwarted, and systems were not doing what they were supposed to. We will use real world examples to shed light on hidden problems, and discuss the current state (and value proposition) of low-cost, continuous, real-time monitoring of boilers and domestic hot water heaters. Bring your mechanical system woes to this session!BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 3:30-PM3/14/2019 5:00-PMHarbor 3Marty Davey , Jonah Decola Mark Schow AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI 1.5 O+M hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours EnergyRESNET 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-118Cost and Energy Optimization for Net Zero MultifamilyAn owner/developer and Net Zero consultant will present lessons learned from two Net Zero projects in Rotterdam, NY. They'll describe how an integrated process and extensive energy modeling allowed the team to optimize the design to lower energy use and control costs. Net Zero Village, 156 units completed in 2016, was one of the first large-scale, market-rate, net zero apartment complexes in the United States. Building on their experience, the same integrated team constructed Solara, a 248-unit Net Zero development which broke ground in early 2018. The presenters will discuss their approach to master building controls for smart ventilation, how PHPP modeling was used to optimize costs and energy use, and how this approach can be replicated.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 3:30-PM3/14/2019 5:00-PMHarbor 2Dave Bruns , Jesse Schwartzberg Marc Sternick AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-224Deep Energy Retrofit with Tenants in PlaceRetrofitting existing buildings with occupants in place will be key to meeting our emissions reductions targets. This session will explore how a project team planned and executed a retrofit to target net-zero energy use, improve thermal comfort and air quality, protect the building from moisture, meet historic guidelines, and stay within a realistic budget – all while keeping the building occupied. Expect hands-on insights as the project team guides you through strategies on how to leverage financing mechanisms for historic rehabilitation and solar tax credits, how to design and quality-assure enclosure and mechanical systems, and how to safely perform blower-door-guided air-sealing. You’ll see that, done correctly, air-sealing flat-roofed buildings is not that hard – a lesson relevant to Boston’s Triple Decker Initiative.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 3:30-PM3/14/2019 5:00-PMHarbor 1Mcgowan Southworth , Jason Taylor , David White Michael Browne AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour Energy #CS-8623+8624RESNET 1.5 hours1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-114Biophilia Is in Every Building We Cherish: Re-Discovering Biophilic DesignJoin us in a biophilic exploration of well-known buildings (focusing on the Boston area), to illuminate the natural influences that can be strengthened in design and operation of all buildings. Our session will open with a high-level review of the 14 Patterns of Biophilia as defined by Terrapin Bright Green. We will then review buildings, historic and new, to discover together what biophilia really is, how we are already doing it, and how we can deliberately engage with nature more in our work. In a personal work session, attendees will define 2-3 ways to amplify connections to nature in current projects―their own work or projects in their communities. We’ll wrap up by sharing insights and anticipated changes to current work.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 3:30-PM3/14/2019 5:00-PMMarina 2Jodi Smits Anderson Sara Draper AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hours ElectiveAICP 1.5 Sustainability credits2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-115Quebec City's Eco-District: Low-Energy, Affordable, Sustainable and Cost-EffectiveThis session will discuss 3 successful case studies from Quebec City with collaborative approaches: a 13-story cross-laminated timber frame eco-condo project and an energy efficient affordable townhouse style housing development, both built within the Pointe-aux-Lievres eco-district in Quebec City; and an adaptive re-use of a 17th century monastery into a healing hotel. The case studies include sustainable clean energy practices, highly insulated building enclosures, innovative heating and cooling systems, rainwater harvesting, green roofs and waste reduction. Best practices, affordability and cost-effectiveness will be addressed within each project. An interactive discussion supported by a delegation of the projects’ key players will follow.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 3:30-PM3/14/2019 5:00-PMMarina 3Dany Blackburn , Martine Dion , Martin Gougeon , André Huot , Alejandro Montero Marcell Graeff AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours EnergyAICP 1.5 Energy credits2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-116Next Gen Passive House: New Technologies, Strategies and ProcessesThe Passive House standard is a critical tool for reducing our carbon footprint, yet it remains largely underutilized. Our panelists have each developed strategies, over the course of their long, influential careers committed to sustainability, to make Passive House accessible to any project team. They will share examples of parametric modeling and visualization tools, advanced prefabricated product manufacturing techniques and standards, and innovative integrated business models. Attendees, whether owners, designers, or builders, will be given a road map for how to efficiently evaluate the feasibility of extreme energy efficiency on their projects.BE19 Sessions3/14/2019 3:30-PM3/14/2019 5:00-PMMarina 1Travis Anderson , Tedd Benson , Gunnar Hubbard , Colin Booth Danny Veerkamp AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-201Timber's Role in Modern UrbanizationDue to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will review the environmental performance of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT) and nail laminated timber (NLT), and discuss applications such as seismic post-tensioned, self-centering rocking walls; tornado and blast-resistant structures; hurricane and high wind-resisting systems. We’ll provide an overview of key 2021 IBC tall wood code proposals that would see an increase of up to 18 stories for mass timber buildings if approved. Topics will include new construction types, a regime of fire tests conducted to validate the proposals, and an update on the status of the changes.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMMarina 1Ricky McLain Christopher Nielson AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-203Energy Storage Behind the Meter in Massachusetts: New Incentives, Programs and EconomicsThe session will present new information on the cost effectiveness of behind-the-meter energy storage; new incentives for installing storage, including rebates, performance incentives and zero-interest loans; and a look at upcoming state policy that will further support distributed storage in Massachusetts. Presenters will share a first-in-the-nation public analysis of the cost-effectiveness of storage, including both energy and non-energy benefits (like resiliency). They will also explain how you can cost-effectively install storage using incentives from the SMART solar and energy efficiency programs. They will explain the economics of behind-the-meter storage, with case studies. They will share early results from state grant programs. And they will discuss the role of storage in the upcoming Clean Peak Standard and energy storage procurement target.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMMarina 3Todd Olinsky-Paul , Amy McGuire Geoff Gunn , Alan Glynn AIA 1.0 LUAICP 1.0 Energy credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-204In Pursuit of Performance: A Multifamily Retrocommissioning Case Study Achieving strong building energy performance requires a virtuous cycle: Design, Measure, Analyze, Adjust, Measure Again. We explore what this means in practice through the experience at a senior housing development in Massachusetts. With efficient design and a VRF system for heating and cooling, the project achieved ENERGY STAR and LEED for Homes certifications. But energy performance did not match expectations. We will present the steps the team took to assess, analyze and address the problem, including retrocommissioning and repositioning equipment. We will compare the energy performance of the property before and after to understand the impact of these actions. Finally, we will use the case study to frame a discussion of strategies that are effective during design and operations to deliver on energy performance expectations.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMMarina 4Kimberly Vermeer AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-205Airtight, Cellulose-Insulated Assemblies: Simple Advice from the Woods of MaineWhat is the secret to designing and building foam-free, airtight and vapor-open assemblies that are super high performing? Jesper Kruse will provide a deep dive look into the Passive House wall and roof assemblies he has designed and installed in the backwoods of Western Maine over the past 10 years. His methods follow simple and accessible building science. All of Jesper’s assemblies are built with readily available materials. These assemblies are foam free and insulated with dense-packed cellulose.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMHarbor 1Jesper Kruse Heather Thompson AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-221A Commercially Viable Net Zero Office Building: Technology, Beauty and MeaningThe Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) is designing and building a Net Zero Energy office building to demonstrate that Net Zero Energy is achievable for the same cost as a conventional developer office building. The new SEF headquarters will be a model of how buildings can and should be done moving forward. In this session, the design team will immerse participants in the SEF design process, sharing how a design process rooted in regenerative thinking was used to develop design concepts, energy budgets and specific technological solutions to create a building that embodies the vision and mission of the SEF. During the session, participants will work in small groups to share ideas on how to achieve not only Net Zero Energy, but also deep sustainability and resilience.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMHarbor 3Shannon Kaplan , Andrew Schuster , Karla Wursthorn Arlen Li AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-206Balancing Energy and IAQ: Case Study of a LEED Home RetrofitFor too long, the green residential buildings conversation has focused on new construction. Existing homes deserve their day in the sun. This occupied retrofit case study illustrates how homeowners transformed a 100-year old home in an urban setting from a HERS Index 173 resource hog into a svelte HERS 59 LEED v4 Platinum residence with emphasis on improved indoor air quality. Maureen Mahle presents a case study of the retrofit of her own 1915 home, in the spirit of learning from our mistakes. She’ll highlight the tough choices when energy, indoor air quality, existing conditions and budget constraints intersect; the easiest and toughest credits for rehabs under LEED v4; building performance test results throughout renovation; and 5 years of utility data pegged to each major upgrade.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMHarbor 2Maureen Mahle John Livermore AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy3 (prior experience/knowledge strongly recommended)
BOS19-208Carbon Drawdown Now! Prefabricated, Carbon-Storing Building Components Built Before Your EyesMaking “drawdown buildings” - buildings that store more carbon than they emit - may be much less complicated than you think. Come watch a demonstration of a prefabricated building panel being assembled live on stage, built from carbon-storing, healthy, local, and biogenic materials as an example of the immediate potential to transform buildings into carbon sinks. Cost analysis and real-world case studies that feature these materials will be referenced, and a range of strategies from drop-in replacement materials to innovative new technologies will be presented. After this demonstration, you will have actionable tools available to dramatically reduce your next building’s carbon emissions, or even turn it into a carbon sink!BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 8:30-AM3/15/2019 9:30-AMBurroughsChris Magwood , Ace McArleton , Jacob Racusin Megan Nedzinski AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-226Air Infiltration Reduction Testing: 5 Case Studies for Proven Energy SavingsIn their quest for deeper energy savings, many projects expand building enclosure energy conservation measures (ECMs) opportunities beyond HVAC and lighting systems energy savings. The Air Infiltration Reduction Research demonstrates cost effective means to increase the energy savings through air infiltration reduction beyond Code. The team included National Grid’s Strategy Group, SMMA’s Sustainability & Energy Group and ICF.  The research included application of air infiltration testing standards and methodology in support of advanced air infiltration reduction design and construction best practices. The energy savings were measured through whole building enclosure air tightness testing on 5 multi-family facilities, while assessing the feasibility of developing an energy conservation measure [ECM], informing its potential application to utility Multi-Family, Commercial and Institutional (C&I) incentives programs supporting additional building types.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 10:00-AM3/15/2019 11:30-AMHarbor 2Fran Boucher , William D'Arrigo , Martine Dion Michael Browne AIA 1.5 LU/HSWGBCI 1.5 BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-209Cities as Clean Energy Leaders, Innovators and PractitionersCities and towns are leading the way on climate. This session will introduce participants to exciting clean energy work that cities and towns in Massachusetts and beyond are accomplishing to advance climate goals. Through case studies and primers on ways that cities and towns are setting ambitious net zero goals and passing the local measures to take action, reducing their peak electricity demand, and tackling heating and cooling, in particular, this session will provide tangible examples of how communities can serve as climate leaders. Attendees are invited to join the conversation, brainstorm, and provide insight into their local examples and how we can work collectively to innovate on this important community practice.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 10:00-AM3/15/2019 11:30-AMHarbor 3Marie-Claude Francoeur , Cammy Peterson , Patrick Roche , Oliver Sellers-Garcia David Ward AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP 1.5 Sustainability credits1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-210The Building Science of Prefabricated / Off-Site ConstructionIt's been claimed that off-site construction can result in more tightly built, energy efficient buildings that cost less. What is the field experience developed using prefab components and systems? When and how do they work best? How do they compare using the metrics of building science?BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 10:00-AM3/15/2019 11:30-AMHarbor 1John Straube Marc Sternick AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hours Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-211Smart Retrofits: Pathway to a Low-Carbon WorldOur fastest path to a low carbon world is using the billions of buildings which already exist. Smart, rapid, affordable retrofits to improve energy performance are essential, but doing so has a carbon cost of its own. This session is about questions as much as answers. How do we evaluate cost vs. return in terms of carbon? How long a payback is acceptable? Do we have to be Tally experts? Material experts? Create our own spreadsheets? Build only with straw? Travel only on foot? Give up and change professions? With case studies, data, Life Cycle Assessment tools, and thoughtful conversation, three architects will share their perspectives on low carbon retrofits and material choices to save the planet, earning LEED points and big handprints (vs. footprints) along the way.Sponsored by:BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 10:00-AM3/15/2019 11:30-AMMarina 1Jeremy Gregory , Brad Guy , Anne Hicks Harney John Livermore AIA 1.5 LU/HSWGBCI 1.5 BD+C, ID+C hours1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-212How Can Public Policy Promote Multifamily Passive House Projects?The affordable multifamily housing market is leading the expansion of Passive House in larger scale construction, supported by public policy and influenced by competitive state financing. This panel of experts represents state government, state finance agencies, affordable housing developers, and advocates who will speak to their interest and experience with Passive House in multifamily construction. Each of the five panelists will offer a five-minute introduction and describe their own quandaries and challenges, followed by a moderated round-table discussion with active audience participation.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 10:00-AM3/15/2019 11:30-AMMarina 3Matthew Beaton , Zan Bross , Holly Glauser , Hank Keating Christina McPike AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP 1.5 Housing credits1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-214Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel Case Study: Diverting Food Waste for Energy ProductionThe Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel’s comprehensive program for diverting waste from disposal includes recycling in both common spaces and guest rooms, donating surplus food, and collecting food scraps for anaerobic digestion. This session focuses on the food scraps program and provides an overview of how this material is collected by Westin staff, transformed into a slurry at Waste Management’s Centralized Organic Recycling (CORe) facility in Charlestown, and finally codigested with wastewater at the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District’s treatment plant to produce biogas.This session provides facility managers, sustainability coordinators, and culinary staff with best practices for implementing a comprehensive recycling and food waste diversion program, and connects attendees to free resources to improve waste diversion efforts at their own facility.The first half of this session will be a presentation, followed by a walking tour of food recycling sites within the Westin Hotel. Walking tour is limited to 35 participants.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 10:00-AM3/15/2019 11:30-AMMarina 4Heather Billings , Jeff Hanulec , Chris Lucarelle Behnam Tirandazi AIA 1.5 LU1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-228Carbon KlatschKlatsch (noun) - a casual gathering of people, especially for refreshments and informal conversationAs a community, we have a gut feeling for R values, air tightness, energy metrics, and so on, but when it comes to having a sense of what is good or bad with embodied carbon, we have some work to do. Is 17kg CO2e/m2 good? What is not so good? What do we all need to know to think clearly about embodied carbon? Bring your lunch and join this informal conversation to explore these questions.Introduction by Jean Carroon. Discussion moderated by John Abrams.Sponsored by:BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 11:45-AM3/15/2019 12:45-PMHarbor 3
BOS19-229Detailing Continuity Building Enclosure Systems (Window and MEP Flashing Solutions)Detailed review of proper window and door and MEP flashing solutions. Watch or participate in a hands-on demonstration of flashing tapes and liquid flashing alternatives.Sponsored by:BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 11:45-AM3/15/2019 1:15-PMBurroughsMichael Moriarty 1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-215Large Scale Passive House: What’s WorkingWe have much to learn from the successes and challenges faced by the first generation of large Passive House projects. This session will examine new construction and retrofits of mid-size and larger projects including office space, high-rise residential, mixed-use buildings, and factories. We will cover climate-related challenges, limitations of modeling tools, QA-QC plans for successful implementation and code challenges. This session is intended for those with Passive House experience; basics will not be covered.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMHarbor 1Lois Arena Satpal Kaur Panesar AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-216Smart Homes and Sustainability: Putting Data into PracticeNavigating the smart-home hype is a challenge, particularly when trying to decide what smart-home technologies can make meaningful contributions to sustainability. This session will help practitioners navigate the substance and pitfalls of this rapidly changing field. After discussing the current and projected future smart energy homes, we will present a vision for how smart-home technologies can contribute to low- (or no!) carbon energy homes. This includes a discussion of integrating smart-home technologies with solar PV, battery storage, and electric vehicles, and tangible steps practitioners can take to achieve this vision in their projects. Lastly, the session will explore emerging uses for smart-home data, including home energy performance assessment (EM&V 2.0).BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMMarina 3Claire Miziolek Kurt Roth AIA 1.0 LU/HSWGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, O+M hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-217Pump It Up: Retrofitting Homes through Weatherization, PV, and Heat PumpsCome hear the results of a variety of innovative pilot programs in several states delivering deep energy savings to homeowners through access to renewable energy, heat pumps, and weatherization, while leveraging innovative financing. This session will share results from the Vermont Zero Energy Now (ZEN) Program, Hudson Valley (NY) Heat Pump Program, MA Solar Access Program, and MA Affordable Clean Residential Energy Program.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMMarina 4Beverly Craig , Richard Faesy , Mark Newey Beverly Craig AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour EnergyAICP 1.0 Energy credit1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-218Local Wood in Practice: A Conversation across the Material StreamBuilding professionals have an essential role to play in forest conservation; they hold the power to shape forested landscapes through the materials they consume on behalf of their clients. Informed decisions at the lumber yard can create market forces that provide a continuous supply of green building materials, sustain rural communities dependent on working forests, and improve ecosystem resiliency in a changing climate. Join us in a unique cross-sector conversation with a sawyer, builder, and architect who each became a part of the conservation movement by incorporating local wood from New England forests into their projects. We’ll share tips, tricks, and lessons learned in an effort to inspire other professionals to take an active role in improving the relationship between society and the forest.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMHarbor 2Zac Cardwell , Sean Mahoney , Tom Mann , Brad Morse Sara Draper AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-225Clean Energy and Resiliency for Small TownsSmall towns confront different challenges than do larger, more urban communities, often in terms of density, resources, infrastructure, and connectivity to funding, outreach, and technical assistance. This session will offer a facilitated discussion that seeks to illuminate strategies that small towns in New England are utilizing to have a big(ger) impact on the building energy sector. Come learn from a regional planning agency, an institute supporting island communities in Maine, a Massachusetts suburb, and a large electric and gas utility to gain an understanding of how an ecosystem of actors, resources, and support systems can bolster the energy efficiency and resiliency of a small town’s built environment.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMHarbor 3Megan Aki , Sam Belknap , Jillian Wilson Martin , Stephan Wollenburg Cammy Peterson AIA 1.0 LU/HSWAICP 1.0 Sustainability credit1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-227Solar Access for the UnderservedThroughout the country, we have seen rapid growth in the residential solar space supported by a wide range of industry players and solar offerings. However, growth has been slow in our low and moderate-income communities where the benefits of solar and energy efficiency services are more impactful. The goal of this session is to showcase various state approaches to bringing solar and energy efficiency resources to underserved communities and educate attendees about how these innovative solutions have been effective in doing so. We will highlight programs that offer a solar lease, solar loan, and community solar offerings.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMMarina 2Emily Basham , Andrew Breiter-Wu , Kelsey Read Beverly Craig AIA 1.0 LU/HSW1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-213Dealing with Dust in the Wind: New EPA Guidance for Home Air CleanersAfter an extensive review of current epidemiological literature, the US EPA guidance for air cleaners in the home was updated and reissued in July 2018. The revised guidance includes major changes in recommendations for central system filter efficiency, and new guidance for assessing the effectiveness of portable air filters. These relatively low-cost portable units turn out to be surprisingly effective at reducing small particle concentration when compared to the net annual effectiveness of central HVAC filtration. And portable air cleaners can compensate for the filtration shortcomings of increasingly popular wall-mounted mini-split units.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 1:00-PM3/15/2019 2:00-PMMarina 1Terry Brennan , Lew Harriman Ted Hetzel AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 ID+C, O+M, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Elective1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)
BOS19-202Resilience Gaps and Clean Energy Solutions at State-Owned Medical and Residential Care FacilitiesIn 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources contracted with Arup to conduct an Energy Resilience Assessment of 12 state-owned care facilities which house difficult-to-relocate residents who live on-site 24/7. For all sites, an extended loss of utility service could render the facility non-operational and require costly and potentially risky relocations of patients or clients. The goal of the study was to identify clean energy technologies to improve on-site energy resilience and increase the duration or effectiveness of on-site power sources, with the overall goal of avoiding relocating residents. This session will provide an overview of the study and explore fiscal and environmental considerations and lessons learned.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 2:30-PM3/15/2019 3:30-PMMarina 3Eric Friedman , Alan Glynn , Geoff Gunn Jennifer Hatch AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour EnergyAICP 1.0 Sustainability credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-219A Common Sense Approach to Red List Free MaterialsMaterial transparency and optimization is a hot topic in the green building industry, but it can be difficult to know how to get involved in these market transformation efforts. This session will share how Smith College tackled this challenge by implementing a Healthy Materials Initiative at its Neilson Library using the Living Building Challenge Red List.Audience participation and small breakout discussions will be an integral part of this session. Why go through healthy materials research, and what (if anything) is preventing teams from vetting products or implementing healthy materials initiatives? Participants will leave with the practical guidance and tools to develop similar strategies for their projects. Together we will brainstorm ways to make a difference in expanding the demand for healthier materials.Sponsored by:BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 2:30-PM3/15/2019 3:30-PMHarbor 3Amanda Garvey , Matthew Gifford , Siiri Julianus , Emma Reif Megan Nedzinski AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI 1.0 BD+C, ID+C, WELL hoursMA CSL 1.0 hour Elective2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-220How Big Is Small? Compact Presentations of More Life in Less SpaceSmall is BIG for sustainability. High utility in modest space using fewer resources. Six dynamic & compact presentations: Why small? + How small? + Plan Solutions + Shared space + Urban challenges + People, Planet, & Profit. Compact is more attainable, equitable, and desirable for today’s smaller households. Residential density means more living, work, services, recreation, and culture in our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Shifting domestic expectations are provoking imaginative responses to what “home” means now and in the future. Nine NESEA members gather to share how Small is Big in their practice, inspiring a lively, thought-provoking, and fun session.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 2:30-PM3/15/2019 3:30-PMHarbor 2Amelia Amon , Chris Benedict , Kristina Eldrenkamp , David Foley , Miriam Gee , Scott Gibson , Declan Keefe , Mary Kraus , Jamie Wolf Danny Veerkamp AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour Elective2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-222Carbon Free BostonThe City of Boston has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050.  Buildings have a key role to play as they currently account for 75% of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers in the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University assessed potential technologies and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the City’s energy, buildings, transportation and waste sectors. Social equity is a key cross-cutting theme. This work is a collaborative effort with the City of Boston and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and will inform the City’s upcoming Climate Action Plan update. This presentation will summarize key results of the Carbon Free Boston study and discuss implications for decision making and action by all those involved in the building sector.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 2:30-PM3/15/2019 3:30-PMHarbor 1Cutler Cleveland Ellen Watts AIA 1.0 LU/HSWAICP 1.0 Sustainability credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)
BOS19-223The Power of Partnerships: How to Achieve Affordable, Net-Zero Urban HomeownershipNet-Zero is not that hard – but squeezing in ownership at 80% of median income is challenging and important. This presentation will lay out a planning, design, and financial platform, based on the Green River Commons project, for affordable, net-zero homeownership that can be replicated around the region. We will show how Green River Commons leveraged land provided by the town with CDBG funds, a streamlined regulatory process, and innovative financial products to achieve a mix of seven market and affordable, small net zero units. Infill locations are a way for towns to repurpose property for greater density and sustainability while utilizing existing services. The developer’s keen interest and the town’s commitment meshed with the architect’s skill and enthusiasm to create a successful project.BE19 Sessions3/15/2019 2:30-PM3/15/2019 3:30-PMMarina 1MJ Adams , Charles Roberts , Jonathan Wright Lauren Baumann AIA 1.0 LUMA CSL 1.0 hour EnergyAICP 1.0 Housing credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)