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
BOS20-204Building In & Building Out: Lessons Learned from Deep Energy RetrofitsMaine Passive House (MPH) has used two different strategies in retrofitting existing homes. One strategy involves adding insulation to the outside of the building; the other strategy is to add insulation to the inside of the building. Most projects involve a mix of the two strategies. Along with added insulation and eliminating thermal bridging, MPH increases air tightness, installs high performing windows and doors, and adds mechanical ventilation systems in their projects. They use Therm and PHPP to help build cost-effective resilient buildings, most of which are insulated with cellulose and local materials. MHP has done two residential retrofits (close to PH standard) and one commercial retrofit. They will use case studies to discuss lessons learned from the field.BE20 Sessions3/24/2020 8:30-AM3/24/2020 9:30-AMHarbor IAnna Heath , Jesper Kruse Jennifer Hatch AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, EnergyPHI 1.0 credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Summarize the general principles behind two different walls systems and two different roof systems that can be used in retrofit projectsCompare and contrast two different strategies for constructing airtight assemblies in a retrofit projectApply two different strategies to add mechanical ventilation to retrofit projectsDescribe the benefits of using cellulose insulation for insulation, and membranes for airtightness, in retrofit projectshttps://nesea.org/node/7157https://nesea.org/session/building-building-out-lessons-learned-deep-energy-retrofitshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7157
BOS20-B10Consumer Pathways to DecarbonizationConsumers are the ultimate decision makers in home decarbonization. Transitioning the millions of existing residential buildings in the northeast to high-efficiency electric systems and implementing energy efficiency improvements requires a dramatic shift in consumer awareness, engagement, and long-term efficiency planning. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will present on research into the state of consumer awareness, introduce our consumer engagement campaign Clean Energy Lives Here, and discuss fundamental technical and implementation challenges facing consumers and industry. Sponsored by:BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 10:00-AM8/12/2020 11:00-AMJacqueline Guyol , Peter McPhee , Susan Mlodozeniec Understand the state of consumer awareness around building decarbonization technologies Describe a successful consumer journey and current barriers in achieving building decarbonization Describe consumer engagement tools from the public awareness campaign Clean Energy Lives Here Discuss fundamental technical and implementation challenges facing consumers and industry in decarbonizing buildings and the emerging solutions to these challengeshttps://nesea.org/node/7549https://nesea.org/session/consumer-pathways-decarbonizationhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7549
BOS20-B12Explore the Possibilities for Your Property with National Grid's Energy SolutionsSponsored by National Grid. Join Marie Raphael, EV Charging Stations Program Manager, and Daniel Sancomb, Senior C&I Energy Efficiency Representative, to learn about the dozens of ways your business can demonstrate your commitment to your employees, tenants, customers and community with National Grid’s energy solutions. There are many ways National Grid can help by providing real expertise and financial incentives to help your property or next project meet its business and sustainability goals. This session will provide a detailed overview of our Electric Vehicle Charging Station program including funding as well as the project advice, installation support, and financial incentives available on many other energy-related projects.Sponsored by:BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 10:15-AM8/12/2020 11:00-AMMarie Raphael , Daniel Sancomb https://nesea.org/node/7550https://nesea.org/session/explore-possibilities-your-property-national-grids-energy-solutionshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7550
BOS20-B1ASHPs and VRF: How About These HFC Refrigerants?SPONSORED BY DAIKIN - Most ASHPs and VRF systems in the US use R-410A, a well-known HFC refrigerant. In this session we will cover the basics of refrigerants and their role in the refrigerant cycle, and in the coefficient of performance [COP] of these systems. We will also dissect the environmental impacts of HFCs from their Global Warming Potential [GWP] to their Life Cycle Climate Performance. The life safety implications of HFC refrigerants will be discussed, with an introduction to the ASHRAE 15 & 34 standards. We will review previous and current phase-outs for refrigerants, as well as look forward to the next refrigerants for ASHPs and VRF, and building code implications and limitations that are involved.Sponsored by:BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 10:30-AM8/12/2020 11:30-AMBurroughsJS Rancourt AIA 1.0 LU/HSWExplain the role of refrigerants in ASHPs and VRF systemsDescribe the basic chemistry of refrigerants, and their environmental impact, such as GWP and ODPRecognize the life safety risks of HFC refrigerants, and explain how to safely apply and run ASHPs and VRF systems through buildings and occupied spacesExplain the current and future outlook of refrigerants for ASHPs and VRF systems in the UShttps://nesea.org/node/7304https://nesea.org/session/ashps-and-vrf-how-about-these-hfc-refrigerantshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7304
BOS20-B3Rethink Water HeatingSPONSORED BY EEMAX - This session is designed for archictects, engineers, facility managers, contractors, and builders and will address the challenge in finding the right balance between performance and efficiency in water heating systems. A review of plumbing code requirements and insights into specification considerations will be shared. This course will identify types of water heating technologies with a focus on Tankless Electric Water Heater (TEWH) function and design for domestic hot water production in residential (single and multifamily), commerical, and industrial applications.Sponsored by:BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 11:00-AM8/12/2020 12:00-PMBurroughsChris Anderson , Randy Weidig AIA through EemaxUnderstand service water heating code bodies (UL, UPC, IPC, IECC, ANSI, NEC) which dictate design parameters for safe and efficient hot water deliveryExplain the differences between traditional and non-traditional types of water heating technologies (tank vs tankless), and identify strengths and limitations of each in commercial, industrial, and residential water heating applicationsSummarize advantages & attributes, savings applications & sizing, and address misconceptions about tankless electric water heating technologyInterpret and compare the design savings and benefits of electric tankless water heating versus tank-type systems.https://nesea.org/node/7275https://nesea.org/session/rethink-water-heatinghttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7275
BOS20-B11A German Perspective on Building EnergySponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York Germany enjoys a stellar reputation throughout the world for its high-quality technical products and practical expertise in the field of energy efficiency and has established itself as an international market leader in the fields of energy efficiency and green buildings. Over the past years, the use of German products and technologies in the U.S. building industry has grown consistently. This session will focus on a German perspective on building energy, featuring leaders from a select group of German companies who will share their expertise and present their newest solutions and projects. Sponsored by: BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 11:00-AM8/12/2020 12:00-PMAndreas Benzing , Jean-Marie Bergeal , Nicole Menzenbach , Dietmar Rieg https://nesea.org/node/7551https://nesea.org/session/german-perspective-building-energy-1https://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7551
BOS20-B13Refrigerants A-Z: Chemistry, Safety, & EnvironmentSPONSORED BY DAIKIN - The need to electrify our built environment by integrating Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) and Variable Refrigerant (VRF) systems is clear. Most ASHPs and VRF systems in the US use R-410A, a well-known HFC refrigerant. We know that HFC and other refrigerants have significant Global Warming Potential [GWP] and Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP). It is critical that we understand how these refrigerants work (all are not created equal), how they can be safely installed and maintained, and keep up to date on the latest in refrigerant development and availability. In this session we will cover the basics of refrigerants and their role in the refrigerant cycle, and in the coefficient of performance [COP] of these systems. We will also dissect the environmental impacts of HFCs from their Global Warming Potential [GWP] to their Life Cycle Climate Performance and evaluate the life safety implications of HFC refrigerants with an introduction to the ASHRAE 15 & 34 standards. We will review previous and current phase-outs for refrigerants, as well as look forward to the next refrigerants for ASHPs and VRF, and building code implications and limitations that are involved. BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 12:00-PM8/12/2020 1:00-PMJS Rancourt Explain the role of refrigerants in ASHPs and VRF systems Describe the basic chemistry of refrigerants, and their environmental impact, such as GWP and ODP Recognize the life safety risks of HFC refrigerants, and explain how to safely apply and run ASHPs and VRF systems through buildings and occupied spaces Explain the current and future outlook of refrigerants for ASHPs and VRF systems in the UShttps://nesea.org/node/7555https://nesea.org/session/refrigerants-z-chemistry-safety-environmenthttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7555
BOS20-B14Refrigerant RoundtableSPONSORED BY DAIKIN. Join JS Rancourt, the Principal of DXS Engingeering for a roundtable discussion all about refrigerants. Bring your questions, issues you've encountered, and new ideas. This will be a live event.BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 1:00-PM8/12/2020 1:45-PMJS Rancourt https://nesea.org/node/7556https://nesea.org/session/refrigerant-roundtablehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7556
BOS20-1002020 Keynote Address - Becoming Transformative PlacemakersWe are honored to have the Reverend Mariama White-Hammond providing the keynote address for BuilidngEnergy Boston 2020. Her talk will address an audience of "placemakers," providing social and historical context to the built environment in which we do our work. She will illuminate some of the social, economic, physical and systemic barriers that make high performance, healthy buildings inaccessible to so many communities.Using practical examples from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, we’ll explore how community activists, local solar developers and mission-driven investors are working together to transform existing buildings and create a more equitable renewable energy future.In the last few months we have all been called to do better, learn more, challenge more. This session will also address how we will heal, and what we can do to get started. Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is an advocate for ecological & social justice, youth engagement, and Spirit-filled organizing. She is the founding pastor of New Roots AME Church in Dorchester, a multi-racial, multi-class community that is innovating new ways of being a church. Rev. Mariama uses an intersectional lens in her ecological work, challenging folks to see the connections between immigration and climate change or the relationship between energy policy and economic justice. She is a fellow with the Green Justice Coalition which brings together 8 social/environmental justice groups from around MA and speaks throughout the country and was the MC for both the 2017 Boston Women’s March and Boston People’s Climate Mobilization. As the former director of Project HIP-HOP, she used the arts as a tool to raise awareness for social issues. Rev. Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award.BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 2:00-PM8/12/2020 3:00-PMHarbor IRev. Mariama White-Hammond Cammy Peterson , Sonia Barrantes https://nesea.org/node/7307https://nesea.org/session/2020-keynote-address-becoming-transformative-placemakershttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7307
BOS20-B5Tepid WaterSPONSORED BY EEMAX - Tepid Water is directed to the commercial safety eye wash, face wash and drench shower systems (labs, schools, medical, manufacturing, chemicals). Considering the vast number of situations that involve handling hazardous chemicals and materials during the normal course of business, architects need to be acutely aware of the impact on infrastructure design and specifications surrounding emergency equipment. Understanding the minimum requirements for compliance that is dictated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a crucial first step in this design process. In addition an understanding of tepid water, as defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) code Z358.1, and methods for best practices in the delivery of tepid water, will help the architect to design a more effective and efficient building infrastructure that is required to support any necessary emergency equipment. This session presents current OSHA and ANSI standards as they relate to tepid water, with an overview and comparison of current water heating technologies.Sponsored by:BE20 Sessions8/12/2020 3:00-PM8/12/2020 4:00-PMBurroughsChris Anderson , Randy Weidig AIA 1.0 LU/HSW through Eemax2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Understand the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151(c) Medical Services & First Aid and ANSI Z358.1 standardsExplain the risks and dangers of non-compliance to these standardsExplain the importance of tepid water to an emergency response situation, the risk and danger of scald as well as hypothermiaCompare methods of compliance and develop best practices for selecting a water heating solution based on the application and overall system designhttps://nesea.org/node/7276https://nesea.org/session/tepid-waterhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7276
BOS20-103We're Still Green at Being Green! Lessons Learned on the PathIn today's climate crisis, it's imperative to change the way we design and build in order to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions. However, some of these changes to building design can introduce unanticipated side effects. We can minimize these side effects on future projects by learning from each other - we all have insights that we've gleaned from our own projects. This presentation is a collection of lessons learned on the path to better performing buildings. Let’s share! Topics include wood vs. steel studs, incorporation of thermal breaks, reduction of Portland cement and concrete volume, and air barrier pitfalls.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 8:00-AM8/13/2020 9:00-AMMarina IJim D'Aloisio , Jodi Smits Anderson Jennifer Hatch AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy 2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Identify installation problems with different types of air barrier systemsIdentify thermal problems with conventional cold-formed stick-type constructionContrast installation issues of conventional foundations and frost-protected shallow foundationsExplain how lack of proper maintenance of porous pavement systems can lead to premature demisehttps://nesea.org/node/7135https://nesea.org/session/were-still-green-being-green-lessons-learned-pathhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7135
BOS20-223Solar & Storage: Making Commercial Retrofits Pay Off in MassachusettsWe will present new analyses showing how commercial facilities in Massachusetts (and beyond) can maximize energy savings and resiliency by installing solar + electric storage systems. We will review and explain how to take advantage of a suite of incentives and revenue streams including the SMART solar incentive with storage adder, the new energy efficiency performance incentive, the federal investment tax credit (ITC), demand charge management, and net metering. This will help Massachusetts building owners understand how the incentives and opportunities for solar+storage systems interact, how “value stacking” works (and when it doesn’t), how to optimize system sizing and operations, and how systems pencil out in real economic terms, using real existing commercial buildings as examples. Finally, we will address common barriers in financing, interconnections and metering. This presentation will be discussing the results of two reports scheduled to be published in the fall of 2020.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 8:00-AM8/13/2020 9:00-AMMarina ITodd Olinsky-Paul , Geoff Oxnam Kurt Roth AIA 1.0 LU2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Summarize the solar and storage incentives available through existing Massachusetts programs, and how to stack incentives List the variables that determine the building economics of solar+storage systems, including load curves, utility demand rates, tax appetite and locationExplain markets and revenue opportunities including net metering, capacity markets, demand charge management, demand response and energy arbitrageDescribe tools to help building owners estimate the economic profile of a solar+storage system, and how to size a system to meet the needs and capacities of the host facilityhttps://nesea.org/node/7176https://nesea.org/session/solar-storage-making-commercial-retrofits-pay-massachusettshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7176
BOS20-208vAir Source Heat Pumps: Design & Equipment Selection in 2020From retrofitting a ranch built in the ’40s to conditioning massive multi-family Passive House developments, air source heat pumps are being selected as the primary method to heat and cool an ever-growing variety of housing stock. While this technology is remarkable in its affordability, efficiency, and ability to offset a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, there are often unmet challenges in selecting the most appropriate piece of equipment. This session will explore the equipment options available in 2020 and evaluate design strategies to ensure that the equipment can be successfully deployed in new construction and retrofit applications.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 8:00-AM8/13/2020 9:00-AMMarina IIDana Fischer , Michael Simons Michael Simons AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Determine the suitability of different types of ASHP equipment in a wide variety of buildingsExamine how room, block, and design load inform ASHP equipment selectionDemonstrate Solar PV’s impact on GHG emissions & operating cost when paired with ASHPsInvestigate the effects of selecting multi-zone ductless vs ducted ASHPshttps://nesea.org/node/7161https://nesea.org/session/air-source-heat-pumps-design-equipment-selection-2020https://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7161
BOS20-104Scalable Multifamily Retrofits: Case Studies from Energiesprong & Two US PractitionersEnergiesprong and practitioners selected by RetrofitNY are developing standardized and scalable methods to achieve whole-building near-zero energy retrofits while maintaining multifamily tenants in place. Energiesprong, based in Europe, has successfully transformed 4,500 affordable units and RetrofitNY is currently in proof-of-concept phase.  The session will provide an introduction to standardized retrofits for multifamily housing, an overview of the best practices in Europe, and the practical implementation in the US market. Two case studies by US practitioners participating in NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY program will focus on the design process, off-site panelization, the use of laser scanning, construction cost, and funding requirements. The first is a wood-framed 24 unit building employing a panelized approach and the second is a four-story masonry building that will receive a high-R EIFS exterior and high-performance HVAC.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 9:15-AM8/13/2020 10:45-AMHarbor IChris Benedict , Margo Valdés , Ian Shapiro Stephanie Horowitz AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hours, EnergyAICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explain the urgency of high-performance retrofits and the role of the affordable housing sector as a beachhead marketDescribe off-site retrofit strategies for the affordable multifamily housing sectorIdentify what is needed to realize and scale high-performance multifamily retrofits in the US marketRecognize trade offs required to meet both budget and performance in a multifamily high-performance retrofithttps://nesea.org/node/7136https://nesea.org/session/scalable-multifamily-retrofits-case-studies-energiesprong-two-us-practitionershttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7136
BOS20-105Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: How We Achieve Massive Home-scale Climate ActionsUrgent climate goals require state programs such as Mass Save to better target comprehensive decarbonization – applying efficiency, electrification, demand response, and solar+storage – in an equitable manner that addresses differences in local building characteristics. Meanwhile cities and towns, including low income/urban, suburban, and rural communities, are making commitments to local climate neutrality and social equity for their citizens. The panel and audience will discuss how communities could achieve these with localized information, simplified processes, and improved retrofit economics, as many have done before with their Solarize initiatives. The panelists will discuss enabling community-based services now being deployed that foster high carbon impacts, such as MassEnergize, EnergySage, and All InEnergy, as well as potentially supportive state program ideas.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 9:15-AM8/13/2020 10:45-AMMarina IVVikram Aggarwal , Rouwenna Altemose , Harvey Michaels , Ellen Tohn John Livermore AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Explain how community-driven Solarize Mass programs have produced 3 to 10 times higher program penetration by lowering consumer costs, reducing time and risks, providing trusted local support and personal recognitionDescribe nascent local tools and services developed and provided to foster high carbon impacts in both low income/urban and suburban communities (and in so doing, attendees may explore opportunities to pursue business and career opportunities in the community climate arena)Advocate for the advantages of changing policies towards programs targeting comprehensive decarbonization in a manner that addresses local values and building characteristics, over statewide "one size fits all" program modelsExplore how this local, comprehensive approach may improve retrofit economics for consumers, and increase social equity, while helping us reach the penetration necessary to achieve our climate goalshttps://nesea.org/node/7137https://nesea.org/session/beautiful-day-neighborhood-how-we-achieve-massive-home-scale-climate-actionshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7137
BOS20-106Moving the ‘Masses’ toward Taller Timber Construction: Codes, Design Steps & Environmental ImpactsWe are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. As members of the AEC industry, it is our responsibility to understand and champion low embodied carbon building materials. The intent of this session is to give attendees the ammunition they need to advocate for mass timber in low-rise to tall structures, navigate codes and standards, and inspire interest/ support from clients, contractors, permitting and approval agencies, community members and beyond. We will hear from three industry experts – a contractor, a mass timber engineer, and a sustainability professional – on how they have approached mass timber on their projects and where they see the industry going in New England and beyond. BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 9:15-AM8/13/2020 10:45-AMHarbor IIIAlexandra Davis , Matthew Tonello , Ricky McLain Heather Thompson AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hour, Elective2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Understand the benefits and potential uses of mass timber for high performance buildingsCompare the environmental impact of mass timber construction as opposed to traditional concrete or steel, and understand the principles of procurement to harvest this resource sustainablyDiscuss the barriers to mass timber construction in the Northeast and the tactics to overcome themIdentify key stakeholders, organizations, and commitments which others have taken on to encourage the development of sustainable mass timber applications in the Northeast regionhttps://nesea.org/node/7138https://nesea.org/session/moving-masses-toward-taller-timber-construction-codes-design-steps-environmental-impactshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7138
BOS20-112Using District-Scale Heating to Accelerate Building Decarbonization & ResilienceDistrict Energy has proven to be a resilient energy source able to lower carbon emissions in major cities and worthy of expansion. In this session, you’ll learn about strategies to govern district energy systems in the Boston region; how district steam, hot water, and chilled water solutions are rolling out on a national scale; how a major city uses waste water to meet thermal energy needs; and how geothermal heating and cooling can be expanded to supply district heating in a suburban application. With these models to guide and inspire, we can expand district energy solutions in cities and suburbs for immediate reductions in carbon emissions without major changes in building infrastructure.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 9:15-AM8/13/2020 10:45-AMMarina IVKevin Hagerty , Zeyneb Magavi , Sasha Shyduroff Frank Hennigan AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Summarize work that is being done in governance locally in Boston, Cambridge and SomervilleDescribe district energy in a large scale system that supplies a resilient decarbonized energy solutionDescribe work being done to transform heating and cooling utilizing waste heat from waste water and geothermal systemsDiscuss how District Energy can be rolled out in both cities and suburbs immediately without major changes in building infrastructurehttps://nesea.org/node/7144https://nesea.org/session/using-district-scale-heating-accelerate-building-decarbonization-resiliencehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7144
BOS20-101Finally Fossil-Fuel-Free: Air-to-Water Heat Pump & Ventilation RetrofitAir-to-water heat pumps have generated a lot of excitement for their enormous retrofit potential. This case study details one home’s retrofit to an AWHP system, which was developed by hydronics experts to be simple and repeatable. The project encompassed distribution systems, domestic hot water and backup heat, as well as a ventilation system upgrade from exhaust-only to high-efficiency fresh air (balanced) ventilation. We’ll present full project costs, before/after breakdown of energy models/costs, details on the beyond-energy motivations and benefits gained by the homeowners, and we’ll share extensive data from this project’s comprehensive monitoring systems along with two other installations in Vermont. We’ll summarize lessons learned and the limitations and challenges in designing for air-to-water retrofittability. There will be ample time for lively Q&A.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 9:15-AM8/13/2020 10:45-AMMarina IIBrian Just Daniel Smith AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Describe how air-to-water heat pumps are functioning in a climate as harsh as New England'sIdentify 5 key non-energy benefits that can help move the needle on HVAC retrofit projectsUnderstand the basics of how to install an air-to-water heat pump with the benefit of an open-source design and detailed photographsExplain the key design features and options for low-temperature distribution, including how to set up a new home for near-seamless retrofittability in the future at minimal costhttps://nesea.org/node/7133https://nesea.org/session/finally-fossil-fuel-free-air-water-heat-pump-ventilation-retrofithttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7133
BOS20-220Extreme Makeover: The Plainfield NH Elementary SchoolThis small New Hampshire town was faced with a host of issues with its 35,000 sf school. Key areas included IAQ problems, lack of temperature control, obsolete HVAC equipment, and high energy bills. A small group of volunteers proposed a radical solution: take one classroom as a prototype, disconnect it from the central plant, super-insulate it, and install a cold climate heat pump and an ERV. The monitored success led to a step-by-step Deep Energy Retrofit of the school, the removal of all of the oil-fired plant and fuel storage, and ultimately a 155 kWDC solar electric array to power the school. This case study details the strategies and reports the results.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 11:00-AM8/13/2020 12:00-PMHarbor IIMarc Rosenbaum Michael Browne AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Know how to retrofit current technology HVAC systems into a building enclosure with severe spatial constraints (slab on grade construction, no attics, modest ceiling heights)Reduce heating loads with air-sealing and super-insulation insulation in a phased retrofit of a multi-zone buildingUse cold climate heat pumps to successfully heat an institutional building in a harsh climate that experiences temperatures as low as -25FUse a comprehensive approach to deliver excellent indoor air quality, comfort and durability throughout a phased retrofit of an existing buildinghttps://nesea.org/node/7173https://nesea.org/session/extreme-makeover-plainfield-nh-elementary-schoolhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7173
BOS20-224Accounting for the Embodied Carbon of Residential RetrofitsThis is a tale of two companies on a quest to account for the embodied carbon impacts of energy retrofits, and to incorporate these impacts into the project planning process. How do we decide when embodied emissions are worth longer-term emission reductions? What are the pros and cons of choosing lower embodied carbon materials compared to higher emission ones? How do carbon-smart choices relate to other project goals and requirements?  The speakers will address these questions through case studies and will share measured savings for projects with at least one year of pre and post retrofit energy use data, and modeled savings for projects without this data. By considering operational and embodied carbon impacts, we can optimize our practices to realize deep climate impact reductions.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 11:00-AM8/13/2020 12:00-PMHarbor IJacob Racusin , Rachel White Rachelle Ain , Bruce Friedman AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Identify low-embodied carbon and carbon storing materials and techniques for retrofit projects Understand how to calculate the carbon payback of retrofit projectsIncorporate embodied carbon into residential retrofit project planning Evaluate the synergies and tensions between carbon smart choices and other project goals, constraints and requirements https://nesea.org/node/7177https://nesea.org/session/accounting-embodied-carbon-residential-retrofitshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7177
BOS20-108Exhaust Fans for Building Ventilation: Improve IAQ & Reduce Moisture ProblemsOne of the most important measures in weatherization is adding building ventilation for removing indoor pollutants and maintaining good Indoor air quality. Learn about different types of ventilation fans, designing, sizing, controls, duct selection, and best installation practices using ventilation fans.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 11:00-AM8/13/2020 12:00-PMMarina IIIShawn Gallagher Shawn Gallagher AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Use fan curve to design and calculate static pressure to achieve optimum performance of your ventilation fanExplain in general the physics of air flow and psychometrics for controlling humidity and improving IAQDescribe good standard controls to have with your ventilation system to achieve the best IAQApply 10 best practices for installing your ventilation fanhttps://nesea.org/node/7140https://nesea.org/session/exhaust-fans-building-ventilation-improve-iaq-reduce-moisture-problemshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7140
BOS20-218Smart Affordable Housing through Passive House & Habitat for HumanityBuilders and developers, whether public or private, can learn from the success of Columbia County NY Habitat for Humanity, which uses Passive House methods to provide high-quality, healthy, and affordable housing. Key lessons include strategic site planning, envelope assemblies and details friendly to unskilled labor, and keeping to budget while coping with design changes, building code variations, fluctuating costs and availability of materials, and evolving Passive House standards. This session will provide case studies and lessons learned from Habitat for Humanity’s collaboration with local design and building professionals – a model for affordable housing throughout the Northeast.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 11:00-AM8/13/2020 12:00-PMMarina IAlan Barlis , John Loercher , Dennis Wedlick Nicholas Falkoff AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour, EnergyPHI 1.0 credit1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Use strategies for site selection, site planning and massing techniques that reduce owner costs while simultaneously boosting Passive House performanceSelect envelope assemblies and details that are favorable for unskilled labor and discuss the impacts they have on the projectAnalyze the economics of the series of projects and discuss the magnitude of impact on design changes, site variations, building code variations, Passive House standard development and Building material costs and availabilityDiscuss ways that the model developed by Habitat for Humanity can adapt to accommodate private development modelshttps://nesea.org/node/7171https://nesea.org/session/smart-affordable-housing-through-passive-house-habitat-humanityhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7171
BOS20-110Monitoring Energy Performance & IAQ: Multifamily Energy Star vs. PHIUS+This session will explore both high level monitoring protocols and in-depth performance results of energy and indoor environmental quality measurement within PHIUS+ multi-family buildings to outline opportunities and lessons learned. The presentation team will discuss findings from a detailed monitoring study comparing two nearly identical affordable housing multi-family buildings in Chicago, one meeting EnergyStar® Multi-family requirements and the other PHIUS+ standards. Both energy efficient buildings reduce carbon emissions and strive to enhance health and comfort while limiting operational costs for their income-qualified tenants. The purpose of the monitoring protocol is to verify that the desired outcomes are being achieved, to at least detect problems in case they are not, and preferably to diagnose problems as well.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 1:00-PM8/13/2020 2:30-PMHarbor IKatrin Klingenberg , Connor Jansen , Lisa White Daniel Smith AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Understand the importance of building performance monitoring (energy, comfort, air quality) as well as how different tiers of monitoring systems can be implemented into your next projectCompare the energy performance and load profiles of identical buildings built to comply with different performance standards (PHIUS+ 2015 vs EnergyStar®)Evaluate differences in indoor air quality and comfort between the PHIUS+ and EnergyStar® buildingsIdentify the main differences between the PHIUS+ and Energy Star properties in terms of design considerations, construction cost, and operational costs to maintain long term affordabilityhttps://nesea.org/node/7142https://nesea.org/session/monitoring-energy-performance-iaq-multifamily-energy-star-vs-phiushttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7142
BOS20-114Sustainability Roadmap: Leading Organizational ChangeThe future of our planet depends on our ability to innovate, co-create collaboratively, and achieve levels of synergy that transform. Certification programs define objective performance targets, yet a gap remains between rising performance goals and organizations’ capability to achieve them consistently. Aligning company vision, culture, operations, and integrated project delivery with clear goals is critical. Attendees will be introduced to a powerful new organizational model proven to transform organizations to achieve new levels of employee engagement, decision-making agility, and innovation, and will learn how to measure company performance improvements. Participants will hear from experts engaged in this transformational leadership work about what it takes to inspire change and how to build high-functioning teams ready to address adaptive challenges.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 1:00-PM8/13/2020 2:30-PMMarina IIBarbra Batshalom , Nadav Malin Megan Nedzinski AIA 1.5 LUMA CSL 1.5 hours, Business PracticeAICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Evaluate your company's capability (for sustainability) based on accepted industry metrics which help to identify issues, remove barriers and prioritize key performance indicators to track to enable project success.Understand how to use Change Management strategies to overcome barriers such as buy-in, resistance and create a sense of urgency for implementing sustainability programs firm-wide and LEED on projects.Leverage specific frameworks, roadmaps, and proven methodologies (provided in session) to create organizational agility, cross-functionality, innovation and change to achieve consistent profit/performance goals.Recognize factors that influence implementation effectiveness. Redesign (or create) firm’s project delivery methodology to ensure integrative design is truly the foundation of project management to achieve consistent, high performance across all projects and protect profitability. https://nesea.org/node/7146https://nesea.org/session/sustainability-roadmap-leading-organizational-changehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7146
BOS20-118Scalable Solutions to Triple Decker RetrofitsTriple-decker homes, built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to house immigrant workers, are an important New England housing resource. However, their energy performance is typically poor: they are often leaky, under-insulated, and heated with outdated fossil fuel systems. In this session, three organizations will describe scalable, replicable models to upgrade these iconic buildings. ABCD, which retrofits triple-deckers that house low-income individuals, will present on cost and energy savings achieved and challenges encountered. Placetailor, Boston's leader in passive house and energy positive development, design, and construction, will present their visionary approaches to market-rate triple-decker retrofits. And Fraunhofer CMI will describe an innovative panelized construction method that could revolutionize low-rise multi-family retrofits. MassCEC’s Galen Nelson, who led Boston’s Triple Decker initiative, will moderate. BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 1:00-PM8/13/2020 2:30-PMHarbor IIColin Booth , Alix Monestime , Galen Nelson , Kurt Roth Robin LeBaron AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Assess the appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of new energy efficient materials and retrofit techniques for triple-deckersIdentify scalable, replicable approaches for weatherizing and electrifying market-rate and affordable triple-deckers Investigate barriers and challenges regularly encountered in pursuing electrification and weatherization strategies for triple deckers Devise policy initiatives that to bring triple decker energy retrofits to scalehttps://nesea.org/node/7150https://nesea.org/session/scalable-solutions-triple-decker-retrofitshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7150
BOS20-121Building Solar Equity: An Ecosystem Approach to a More Inclusive Renewable Energy FutureStrategic investment in renewable energy has the potential to address two of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change and growing inequality. It’s possible to source, finance, develop and maintain solar projects in the built environment that provide meaningful environmental and economic benefits in communities that have borne undue burden from pollution and high energy costs, while delivering strong and stable financial returns to solar developers and investors. Using practical examples from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, we’ll explore how community activists, local solar developers and mission-driven investors are working together to transform existing buildings and create a more equitable renewable energy future.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 1:00-PM8/13/2020 2:30-PMMarina IIIJessica Brooks , Kelsey Read , Marcel Rodgers , Ben Underwood , Rev. Mariama White-Hammond Nathan Phelps AIA 1.5 LU/HSWAICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Recognize some of the social, economic, physical and systemic barriers that make solar in the built environment more challenging and prevent nonprofits, low-income individuals, and municipal organizations from accessing solar energyExplore how local partnerships can be leveraged to deliver benefits to solar developers, installers, power purchasers, rooftop hosts, and investorsIdentify creative ways to finance and structure solar projects in order to bring short-term and long-term benefits for community stakeholdersUnderstand the additional environmental and economic benefits that can accompany an inclusive approach to renewable energy investment, from community resiliency to promotion of electrificationhttps://nesea.org/node/7153https://nesea.org/session/building-solar-equity-ecosystem-approach-more-inclusive-renewable-energy-futurehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7153
BOS20-219vReducing Embodied Carbon in Building Materials: How Local Governments Can HelpThe purpose of this session is three-fold: To educate attendees about what embodied carbon is and how it's different from operational carbon. To discuss why reducing it is significant for global warming mitigation. And third, to describe the programs and policies local governments are considering to spur embodied carbon reduction. You will hear from experts about best practices to measure and reduce embodied carbon in common construction materials. You will learn how municipalities like Seattle and others are using these resources to implement internal and city-wide initiatives. You will be introduced to ideas that can be used as a template for other local and regional governments to use in their efforts.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 1:00-PM8/13/2020 2:30-PMHarbor IIIAni Krishnan , Stacy Smedley , Alice Zanmiller Walter Beebe-Center AIA 1.0 LU/HSWAICP (American Planning Association) 1.0 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Describe how embodied carbon is different from operational carbonEvaluate whether a project has significant embodied carbon content based on the materials used Compare programs from presenting municipalities that can be used as templates in your own jurisdictionConnect with resources and networks of experts in embodied carbon for ongoing discussion and assistancehttps://nesea.org/node/7172https://nesea.org/session/reducing-embodied-carbon-building-materials-how-local-governments-can-helphttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7172
BOS20-222Passive House Ventilation: Humidity Considerations in Multifamily Residential BuildingsThe Passive House concept continues to scale up in North America, in both number and size of projects. Passive House buildings benefit from airtight construction, as minimizing winter infiltration directly lowers energy consumed when heating the building. Airtight construction also hinders airborne moisture from escaping through the building skin, thus requiring new thinking about the requirements of the ventilation system. This session examines the causes and solutions to humidity buildup in Passive House buildings and is for those interested in learning how to achieve peak energy performance from their ventilation system while minimizing the risk of excessive moisture buildup.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 3:00-PM8/13/2020 4:00-PMHarbor IIIMike Woolsey Keirstan Field AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, EnergyPHI 1.0 credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Describe the sources of indoor humidity in multifamily residential buildingsDetermine the best method of managing humidity in airtight buildingsUnderstand the impact of airtight construction on heating energy useDescribe in basic terms the different types of systems used to ventilate airtight buildingshttps://nesea.org/node/7175https://nesea.org/session/passive-house-ventilation-humidity-considerations-multifamily-residential-buildingshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7175
BOS20-225Seeking Perfection in Air-SealingThe invention of the blower door was an important step in minimizing thermal losses from buildings. By depressurizing the envelope and using tracer smoke, we can find the air leaks and seal them. A new method has emerged that seals air leaks using an aerosolized acrylic caulking and pressurization, sealing even hidden leaks. Join us in a discussion about the advantages of both methods, best practices, and real world examples.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 3:00-PM8/13/2020 4:00-PMHarbor IIRoss MacPherson , Jason Taylor Michael Browne AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explore the history of air-sealing Diagnose a building with a complicated air barrierEvaluate which air sealing methods are best positioned to solve an array of building envelope challengesDiscuss real world examples of air sealing successeshttps://nesea.org/node/7178https://nesea.org/session/seeking-perfection-air-sealinghttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7178
BOS20-227Transforming an Old Building into a Passive NZE House, Office & Community ClassroomThis session will discuss the process of transforming an old masonry building in Newton MA into a PHIUS-certified net-zero office space and educational center for high-performance design and construction. The construction process will be discussed and Passive House features of the building will be described as will challenges and lessons learned from the process. Then, data on actual energy performance and solar production will be shared, and we will examine the various material decisions made in the project and the implications they had for embodied carbon, leading to an overall picture of carbon use for the building.BE20 Sessions8/13/2020 3:00-PM8/13/2020 4:00-PMMarina IINicholas Falkoff , Aaron Gunderson Nicholas Falkoff AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, EnergyPHI 1.0 credit2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Outline the design & construction process of renovating an old building to meet the Passive House standardCompare and contrast actual energy-use and solar production data as compared to modeled data Explain embodied carbon of materials and the impact on overall carbon emissionsDescribe recommendations and lessons learned from the project for future renovations and/or non-residential projectshttps://nesea.org/node/7180https://nesea.org/session/transforming-old-building-passive-nze-house-office-community-classroomhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7180
BOS20-203'We Went LED' is Not Sufficient: The Place of Lighting in Our Low-Carbon FutureWe're over ten years into the LED revolution, but mythology still motivates decision-making. Energy professionals need to know that "let's just go LED” leads to sub-optimal results. LED efficiency varies greatly, even within EnergyStar or DesignLights Consortium listings. As we’ll discuss, variance is at least 40% and up to 80%. Amazing federal programs that helped modulate the LED industry and track it are suddenly gone, so how do we judge? Smarter controls (and/or technicians) offer huge potential for commercial/industrial, but are still a challenge in residential. After a phenomenal success (57% drop nationally in energy for residential lighting 2001-18), there are still substantial savings available, and lighting loads will persist in low-carbon buildings. We'll also report the latest in inane “light bulb wars.”BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 8:00-AM8/14/2020 9:00-AMMarina IIIFred Davis Fred Davis AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Differentiate (using tools discussed) between standard LED fixtures and the most efficient LED fixturesSpecify highest efficiency lighting fixtures so as not to lose 40-80% savings opportunities.Appreciate the 57% drop nationally in energy consumption for residential lighting 2001-18.Understand the potential impact of lighting control options (when appropriate).https://nesea.org/node/7156https://nesea.org/session/we-went-led-not-sufficient-place-lighting-our-low-carbon-futurehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7156
BOS20-205What's So Different about Designing & Building Multi-Family Passive House?There’s been a surge in interest in Passive House multi-family new construction in the Northeast. So what kind of differences are we really talking about from conventional projects? Can we educate our design and engineering teams to get there? Hear from two of Massachusetts’ first Passive House affordable projects: Beacon Community’s 55-unit Old Colony and POAH’s 135-Unit Mattapan Station. Find out changes in design and construction both projects had to make. Learn about incremental costs and savings. Find out how planning tools such as Passive House energy modeling were helpful and what advice these teams would give to teams considering Passive House certification.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 8:00-AM8/14/2020 9:00-AMHarbor IIBeverly Craig , Julie Klump , Nathan Thomas Beverly Craig AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour, EnergyPHI 1.0 credit1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Illustrate how Passive House projects differ from Stretch Code multi-family, focusing on where to spend premiums and simplification of design and form to save costIllustrate project team’s collaboration strategies to meet Passive House standardsHighlight the necessity for an increased focus on air-tightness and the role of the design and owner to make the design intent very clear early on. Summarize the importance and difficulty of early decision making in terms of MEP systems as well as broader sustainability goalsDescribe categories of incremental costs and savings and expected operating changes/other benefits anticipated of Passive House certified buildingshttps://nesea.org/node/7158https://nesea.org/session/whats-so-different-about-designing-building-multi-family-passive-househttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7158
BOS20-217bHempcrete 201: Take It to the Next Level with a Natural, Carbon-Beneficial Material Join the growing community of radically responsible industry stewards using Hempcrete, a bio-composite material created from the woody core of the hemp plant combined with a lime-based binder. Trusted around the world as a robust, high-performance sustainable building system, HempLime entered the US market a decade ago and is poised to take the industry by storm. Delve into design and construction details and review the specifics of costs, source material supply, and obtaining building approval from officials. Hempcrete 101 was presented as a pre-conference webinar, and you may want to view that as a primer to this intermediate session.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 8:00-AM8/14/2020 9:00-AMMarina IVTom Rossmassler , Alex Sparrow Bruce Friedman AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explore the construction detailing for hempcrete and complementary materials, including the floor, walls, roof, and key junctions.Analyze costs as compared to conventional buildings Identify material resources for use in hempcrete Review the information necessary for professionals and owners to obtain building permitshttps://nesea.org/node/7170https://nesea.org/session/hempcrete-201-take-it-next-level-natural-carbon-beneficial-materialhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7170
BOS20-102To Electrify or Not to Electrify...?Should we be trying to electrify everything? Is it practical for existing and new buildings with the technologies we have now? Two engineers with different takes on these questions will debate electrifying residential buildings, from small single-family to high-rise apartments. Both speakers have years of experience with heat pump technologies (mini-splits, PTHPs, water-source HPs, VRF, and several types of heat-pump water heaters). They’ll present examples of buildings where these systems worked wonderfully, where performance was less than ideal, and a few absolute failures. Too often, building professionals – designers, engineers, contractors, building owners/operators, utilities, and even manufacturers – don’t fully understand how these new systems work. Come  learn from others’ mistakes, understand how these systems can be used well, and consider: Are there buildings where electrification doesn’t yet make sense?BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 9:15-AM8/14/2020 10:45-AMHarbor IIRobb Aldrich , Nicole Ceci Kurt Roth AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Select heating & cooling equipment of the right size and type to meet comfort and efficiency goalsList the most common pitfalls of heat pump water heatersDescribe the impact of refrigerant on water heater performanceWeigh climate impacts along with practical implications of electric heat and hot water systemshttps://nesea.org/node/7134https://nesea.org/session/electrify-or-not-electrifyhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7134
BOS20-206vExpanding Access to Clean Energy in Affordable HousingSolar, energy efficiency, Passive House – these are the tools of the clean energy transition. But who are these tools for and who can afford them? Owners, developers, and residents of affordable housing in the Greater Boston region are asking these questions, identifying the barriers to accessing clean energy and the strategies for overcoming those barriers. Meanwhile, communities across the region are exploring ways to support this clean energy transition. How do we build partnerships across sectors to expand access and accelerate an equitable energy transition? This session will explore these questions and the ways to make the clean energy sector more equitable and accessible to all.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 9:15-AM8/14/2020 10:45-AMMarina IIEmily Jones , Gabe Shapiro , Mary Wambui , Brooks Winner Nathan Phelps AIA 1.0 LU/HSWAICP (American Planning Association) 1.0 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Describe barriers to accessing clean energy in affordable housing and the strategies for addressing those barriersAdvocate for policies and best practices for expanding access to clean energy at the local levelEvaluate equity implications of the current policy/funding/financing structures and how these do or don’t serve vulnerable populationsIntegrate social equity issues into their workhttps://nesea.org/node/7159https://nesea.org/session/expanding-access-clean-energy-affordable-housinghttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7159
BOS20-209Testing Intuition: Re-evaluating Transformative Reuse ProjectsAs architects, designers, builders, and community advocates, we value the adaptive reuse of buildings, but lack data to verify our design choices. We often operate on intuition to choose what to reuse and what to upgrade, attempting to balance life cycle impacts of new construction materials while lowering operational energy use. Over the last decade, Boston firms Bruner/Cott and Goody Clancy have evolved their practices in high-performance and transformative reuse to think more deeply about the embodied and operational impacts of reuse projects. We’ll look back at four projects’ design strategies for life cycle impact reduction and present retrospective life cycles. These re-assessments will help gauge successes and shortcomings and inform our collective intuition. BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 9:15-AM8/14/2020 10:45-AMHarbor IIIJean Carroon , Lori Ferriss , George Gard , Christopher Nielson Megan Nedzinski AIA 1.5 LU/HSWGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Define life cycle analysis as it pertains to the AEC industryIdentify the major challenges to lowering embodied carbon in building projectsUnderstand impactful strategies in adaptive reuse that lower embodied carbon footprint of a building (and which intuitive strategies did not have large impact)Identify multiple tools that assist in measuring the embodied impact of a buildinghttps://nesea.org/node/7162https://nesea.org/session/testing-intuition-re-evaluating-transformative-reuse-projectshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7162
BOS20-120Let’s Get Real: How the City of Boston Will Mandate Zero Carbon Buildings for New DevelopmentJurisdictions throughout the NESEA region and beyond are actively pursuing the decarbonization of new and existing buildings. Through legislation, executive action, and performance goals in the building code, the Northeast is leading the building industry toward zero carbon and zero energy buildings. In this session, particular focus will be on building a retrofit economy through technology deployment, zero energy policy development, energy benchmarking, performance reporting, and carbon reduction mandates. This session will provide insight into NGO, governmental, and utility zero energy roadmaps, targets, and time frames.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 9:15-AM8/14/2020 10:45-AMMarina ITravis Anderson , Jacob Knowles , Colin Schless Walter Beebe-Center AIA 1.5 LU2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Describe the latest market trends and policies related to scaling new zero energy buildings and retrofit of existing buildings throughout the NESEA region and nationallyTake steps, according to your role, to develop the zero energy and building retrofit economy being created by public and private policy objectivesAdvocate for unlocking both government and private investment for zero energy buildings and existing building retrofit Discover existing and forthcoming resources to assist states and communities to move toward zero energy and the retrofit of existing buildingshttps://nesea.org/node/7165https://nesea.org/session/lets-get-real-lets-build-zero-energy-retrofit-economyhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7165
BOS20-117Embodied Carbon in Materials: Real Steps to Drawing Down Carbon in our BuildingsThis session will provide concrete tools and answers on how to draw down carbon in our buildings starting today. We’ll focus on low-rise buildings, where most new construction and renovations happen and which are currently under-represented in embodied-carbon design and analysis. We will present critical construction details such as band joist insulation selections and sloped ceiling retrofits, as well as whole-building design strategies. We’ll present current developments including tools for carbon counting, “green list” material specifications, cooperative supply chains for biogenic materials, and carbon curriculum for industry education. We will fuel hope and build a movement by presenting the very real and immediate carbon drawdown reservoir that exists in constructed or renovated buildings. Session speakers presented the acclaimed keynote at last year’s BuildingEnergy conference.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 9:15-AM8/14/2020 10:45-AMHarbor IChris Magwood , Ace McArleton , Jacob Racusin Christopher Nielson AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explain what embodied carbon is and how carbon can be stored in building materials.Describe at least two case-study examples of stored carbon.Describe critical, common design details that incorporate carbon storing materials.Access currently-available tools that measure carbon impact and storage of specific materials.https://nesea.org/node/7149https://nesea.org/session/embodied-carbon-materials-real-steps-drawing-down-carbon-our-buildingshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7149
BOS20-226Public Life in the Connected Electrified FutureWhat will the push to “electrify everything” mean for the future of our cities and communities? This panel explores developing trends in the electrification of transportation and buildings with a focus on the public realm and the non-residential built environment. As commercial buildings and campuses electrify heating loads, provide vehicle charging, and integrate renewables and storage, facility managers face new challenges maintaining resiliency, efficiency, and balancing loads. This session explores how advances in artificial intelligence offer new opportunities to support autonomous building operations in an electrified future. On the transportation side, panelists will talk about existing efforts to build out a public charging infrastructure, the role that electrified buses can play in the cities of tomorrow, and new business models that are starting to emerge.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 11:00-AM8/14/2020 12:00-PMMarina IVJames Cater , Márcia Pereira , Barry Woods Meg Howard , Maria Washington AIA 1.0 LU/HSW1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)For electric vehicles (EVs), describe the types of charging technology, charging behavior, host sites, and recent technological advancements (including smart grid elements); Argue for the expansion of EV charging infrastructure, especially in New England communities Summarize how machine learning can be applied to the large data sets generated by today's full featured building automation systemsExplain how data from weather feeds, occupants using mobile devices and from Building Automation Systems can be correlated and prioritized to ensure optimization of occupant comfort; Explain how non-invasive cloud based systems can be securely integrated with Building Automation Systems List operational and financial benefits associated with an investment in Autonomous Building Operationshttps://nesea.org/node/7179https://nesea.org/session/public-life-connected-electrified-futurehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7179
BOS20-228Net Zero Montpelier: A Municipal Case StudyFive years ago, the capital city of Montpelier, Vermont, set a bold and audacious goal: for the city’s municipal buildings and operations to be Net Zero by 2030. What can a small city (under 7,000 people) with a volunteer energy committee do at the municipal scale? Come learn from Montpelier’s progress, challenges, and future plans. Innovative approaches include district heating powered by wood chips; auditing and retro-commissioning existing buildings; using organic waste to produce biogas and create a net positive wastewater treatment plant; municipal solar and renewable alternatives for heating. We’ll also tackle transportation, transitioning a heavy-duty fleet off fossil fuels and traditional buses to on-demand micro-transit. We’ll discuss strategies for tracking municipal energy use and GHG, and share strategies for financing and public outreach.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 11:00-AM8/14/2020 12:00-PMMarina IIIKate Stephenson Cammy Peterson AIA 1.0 LUAICP (American Planning Association) 1.0 hour1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Illustrate strategies implemented in Montpelier, VT to make municipal buildings and operations net zero by 2030 Summarize lessons learned and challenges faced in the process Implement a revolving loan fund to finance energy efficiency improvements in municipal buildings Describe Montpelier’s process for tracking municipal energy use and GHG emissions https://nesea.org/node/7238https://nesea.org/session/net-zero-montpelier-municipal-case-studyhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7238
BOS20-116vHome Energy Labeling: The New Granite Countertops of Real EstateIf insulation, air sealing, performance testing, and high-efficiency HVAC systems were as exciting to home buyers as granite countertops and walk-in closets, the demand for energy-efficient homes and energy efficiency upgrades would increase dramatically. Home energy labeling allows owners, realtors, and developers a platform to market and value building energy efficiency. It provides a strategy for educating, engaging, and exciting consumers about high-performing home features that lower utilities, improve health and comfort and increase home value. By accessing home energy labels and solar PV data in tools like HELIX (Home Energy Labeling Information eXchange), states and communities can tailor decarbonization programs based on the efficiency of existing homes. This session will review trends and opportunities for home energy labeling policies in the Northeast.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 11:00-AM8/14/2020 12:00-PMMarina IVSamantha Caputo , Craig Foley , Julia Dumaine , Ellen Tohn John Balfe , Brendan Place AIA 1.5 LUMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explain how home certifications can educate and engage home buyers about high-performing home featuresExplain what motivates the real estate sector to engage with and use high-performing home certificationsDescribe trends in home energy ratings and certifications in the northeast and how this impacts the policies and programs states may implementDescribe the tools available for making energy efficiency and health certifications available in the real estate markethttps://nesea.org/node/7148https://nesea.org/session/home-energy-labeling-new-granite-countertops-real-estatehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7148
BOS20-201The Last Frontier: Solutions for Fossil-Fuel-Free Domestic Hot WaterNatural gas moratoriums, consumer demand for fossil-fuel-free homes, Passive House standards: these are among the many reasons why people are increasingly opting for domestic hot water systems powered by renewables. As improved energy codes drive down heating loads, soon the largest load in the home won’t be heating or cooling; it will be the domestic hot water system. This session will explore the options for fossil-fuel-free domestic hot water, achievable in nearly all projects, single family to high-rise, in both new construction and retrofits.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 11:00-AM8/14/2020 12:00-PMMarina IVErica Boyle , Richard Gerbe , Amir Habibi Brendan Place , Michael Simons AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explain how changing building loads must result in the design/build community taking a closer look at the selection of the DHW systemCalculate in general the upfront, operational, and environmental cost of traditional DHW systems versus market-ready clean alternativesIdentify opportunities with incorporating fossil-fuel-free DHW solutions into buildings of every sizeList the pros and cons of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Hot Water Systemshttps://nesea.org/node/7154https://nesea.org/session/last-frontier-solutions-fossil-fuel-free-domestic-hot-waterhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7154
BOS20-202Energy Grid of the FutureCome hear the results of the “Grid of the Future” pilot program, which offered Maine homeowners a discount on smart appliances (heat pumps, water heaters, smart EV chargers, and batteries) in exchange for allowing aggregated remote control of those devices as a “Virtual Peaker” power plant. The virtual power plant was controlled to demonstrate the potential value of aggregated, controllable distributed energy resources including reducing the need for fossil-fuel peaker plants, reducing transmission costs, and enabling deeper penetration of renewable energy on the regional grid. Virtual power plants allow homeowners, businesses, and communities to work together with smart technology to reduce costs and pollution. What did we learn about how remote or automated management of appliances can save money and improve the reliability of the grid?BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 1:00-PM8/14/2020 2:30-PMHarbor IIIFortunat Mueller Mark Schow AIA 1.0 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.0 hour, EnergyAICP (American Planning Association) 1.0 hour2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Discuss the energy grid and markets – how demand peaks contribute to overall costsArticulate how aggregated distributed energy resources can be used for load shapingArticulate the ways in which load shaping can reduce demands peaks, therefore saving infrastructure costs and reducing traditional fossil fuel needsIdentify how load flexibility is an important component of Beneficial Electrificationhttps://nesea.org/node/7155https://nesea.org/session/energy-grid-futurehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7155
BOS20-109Zero Energy Buildings in Massachusetts: Saving Money from the StartThe number one obstacle to Zero Energy (ZE) buildings is the perception of increased cost. This session will debunk this myth. Utilizing readily available products, practices and technologies, Zero Energy buildings are being constructed in increasing numbers across Massachusetts. And with the help of state and utility rebates for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, these projects are being delivered at little or no additional first costs. Learn about a recent study released on this topic and hear from practitioners designing and building ZE projects of varied types in MA that make economic sense.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 1:00-PM8/14/2020 2:30-PMMarina IColin Booth , Meredith Elbaum , Jacob Knowles , Nicole Voss John Balfe AIA 1.5 LU/HSW1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Understand building and policy-oriented strategies to achieve Zero Energy Buildings at low-to-no additional costsRecognize that a zero energy building is a smart and economical decision based on life cycle cost and other economic factorsBecome aware of policies at different levels of government that can affect the ability to build Zero Energy Buildings economicallyDistinguish between various definitions of Zero Energy and understand the applicability of eachhttps://nesea.org/node/7141https://nesea.org/session/zero-energy-buildings-massachusetts-saving-money-starthttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7141
BOS20-210Three Residential Zero Net Energy Renovations: Ten (or so) Years OnWhat have we learned about the experience of living in a deep energy renovated home? Come hear 3 pioneers in the deep energy renovation space talk about what it was like to create and now live in a zero net energy (ZNE) renovated home. We've got data, we've got lessons learned, and we'll illuminate the human experience of living in a home that creates more energy than it uses on a net annual basis. The existing housing stock is where the vast majority of residential energy and carbon savings potential exists. This session will also consider how ZNE renovations fit into a larger policy and market context, connecting the dots between state/regional policies and the implications for supporting ZNE renovations.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 1:00-PM8/14/2020 2:30-PMHarbor IJohn Livermore , Marc Rosenbaum , Sara Ross John Livermore AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Evaluate the historical data that shows how deep energy renovations eliminate net energy use and net carbon emissions Describe the human experience of living in a zero net energy renovated home, including non-energy benefits such as health Summarize ZNE construction challenges and lessons learned Discuss how state/regional policies impact zero net energy renovationshttps://nesea.org/node/7163https://nesea.org/session/three-residential-zero-net-energy-renovations-ten-or-so-yearshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7163
BOS20-115Multifamily Central Ventilation: A Tale of Two CitiesCentral ventilation systems in multifamily buildings are a vital building system with significant implications for energy, sustainability and occupant health and safety. In this session, we compare and contrast the building stock in Boston and NYC and explore a variety of techniques for restoring and improving these systems. We consider how to evaluate candidates and how to structure the project from commissioning back through design to achieve results based on optimizing energy savings, complying with finance-related and building owner requirements, and how to get these things to just plain work. We build on lessons learned from 10 years’ experience and offer practical recommendations for designing and constructing both new and retrofit systems.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 1:00-PM8/14/2020 2:30-PMHarbor IIIThomas Holmes , Doug Kumph , John Twomey Keirstan Field AIA 1.5 LU/HSWBPI 1.5 hoursGBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL 1.5 hoursMA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Describe system design considerations, equipment tolerances and field conditions that impact how central ventilation systems actually workIdentify good candidates for this work and understand how to balance performance, energy savings and project costsSpecify and set performance objectives during the design phase that will reliably and cost-effectively be achievableUnderstand techniques that can be used to inspect, evaluate, commission and recommission projects such that building performance objectives are achieved and sustainedhttps://nesea.org/node/7147https://nesea.org/session/multifamily-central-ventilation-tale-two-citieshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7147
BOS20-214Climate Justice Is Social Justice: How We WinWe need to win! We are faced with the mortal challenge of saving ourselves and our planet in a short handful of years. To address such a complex problem as human-driven climate change, we need complex thinking that integrates people and the planet. Climate justice is a framework that foregrounds the intersectionality of our movements for an ecological response like green building, with our movements towards more just social relationships and institutions. This panel highlights the work of green building and renewable energy professionals working at the intersection of Climate Resilience and Social Justice. Our panelists are passionate, intelligent change-makers. They are working on climate change solutions while centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the daily practice of their businesses and organizations.This panel will be facilitated by Mel Baiser and Ace McArleton.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 1:00-PM8/14/2020 2:30-PMMarina IMel Baiser , Michael Chavez , Shelley Francis , Ace McArleton , Daphany Sanchez Stacey Cordeiro AIA 1.5 LU/HSW1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Define climate justice and explain how the work to slow climate change will be advanced with a social justice lensDescribe concrete examples of how organizations engaged and retained a diverse workforce in green building and renewable energy companies, and Implement new hiring and retention strategiesExplain how to connect, educate, and simplify energy-efficient opportunities for most-impacted communitiesIdentify strategies and innovative financing to reach “hard to green” existing buildings in order to expand our impact and markets into marginalized communitieshttps://nesea.org/node/7167https://nesea.org/session/climate-justice-social-justice-how-we-winhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7167
BOS20-213vAddressing Climate Resiliency: One Institutional Green Roof at a TimeAs climate unpredictability swells, institutions are exploring a variety of solutions that invest in long-term climate resiliency. Increased precipitation, along with hotter, drier summers mean higher rates of flooding and heat-related illness in our urban cores. Leading the charge on mitigation and adaptation strategies in the face of climate change are local institutions that have invested in improving campus and community resiliency. Representatives from Boston University, Harvard Business School, and Higher Ground Farm will explain why investing in green roofs is a smart strategy for institutions, and the role green roofs play in advancing climate goals related to stormwater management, climate education, and more. Benefits and challenges of green roof installation will be included in the panel discussion, facilitated by design-build firm Recover Green Roofs.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 3:00-PM8/14/2020 4:00-PMMarina IVLindsay Allen , Julia Musso , Brendan Shea Arlen Li , Nicholas Falkoff AIA 1.5 LU/HSWMA CSL 1.5 hours, EnergyAICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)Define climate resiliency and list three of the benefits of green roofs in improving resiliency. Identify key considerations and challenges related to implementing green roofs on new and existing buildings.Understand the installation and buildup of different green roof systems, and how each system can be leveraged to achieve desired benefits (maximizing stormwater retention, food production, etc.).Provide specific examples of green roof projects around Boston and how each project addresses institutional climate resiliency goals.Explain how green roofs relate to other institutional climate resiliency projects such as solar, permeable pavement, sustainable food practices, and building energy efficiency upgrades.https://nesea.org/node/7166https://nesea.org/session/addressing-climate-resiliency-one-institutional-green-roof-timehttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7166
BOS20-215Heat Pump Retrofits: Integrated Controls or Stand-Alone Solutions?States across the region are setting ambitious heat pump targets to support their climate goals. But what will it look like to retrofit millions of homes with heat pumps as the primary heat source? This session explores efforts in Massachusetts to answer that question with applicable lessons for the entire region. In 2019, Mass Save launched a first-in-the-nation incentive for integrated controls that automatically transition between heat pumps and traditional heating systems. To complement this effort, MassCEC began a pilot to support whole-home heat pump systems with no fossil-fuel back-up. Come hear what both organizations have learned in the past year. Presenters will discuss the pros and cons of integrated controls versus full replacement. BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 3:00-PM8/14/2020 4:00-PMMarina IIIMeg Howard , Kyle Svendsen Meg Howard AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourGBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Outline integrated control strategies available to connect retrofit heat pumps with existing heating systems to optimize performance, costs, and/or comfort Describe in general design strategies for whole-home air-source heat pump retrofitsEvaluate the relative advantages and disadvantages of integrating heat pumps with the existing fossil fuel heating system or replacing the existing system entirely Determine which variable might make a home better suited for either integrated controls or a whole-home heat pump systemshttps://nesea.org/node/7168https://nesea.org/session/heat-pump-retrofits-integrated-controls-or-stand-alone-solutionshttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7168
BOS20-216Unvented Roofs without Spray Foam: The Rest of the StoryBack in 2016, our team started a multiyear experiment, sponsored by Building America, on unvented roofs without spray foam or exterior rigid insulation, using an instrumented test hut with multiple test bays. The experiment examined cellulose vs. fiberglass insulation, interior vapor control membranes, diffusion vents at the ridge, interior humidification, inward vapor drive issues, and the effect of air barrier imperfections. Some preliminary results were presented at BuildingEnergy Boston in early 2018. After three winters of experimentation, this is the rest of the story. We will give our take on what works, what is too risky, and what you might be able to get away with some of the time.BE20 Sessions8/14/2020 3:00-PM8/14/2020 4:00-PMHarbor IKohta Ueno Rachelle Ain AIA 1.0 LU/HSWBPI 1.0 hourMA CSL 1.0 hour, Energy2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)Explain the moisture risks inherent in unvented/compact roof assemblies with fibrous (air‐permeable) insulationDefine the roles that vapor diffusion and air leakage have on moisture levels in roofsExplain the role that a vapor diffusion vent can have in ameliorating roof moisture risksDescribe the risks of inward vapor drive in unvented roof assemblieshttps://nesea.org/node/7169https://nesea.org/session/unvented-roofs-without-spray-foam-rest-storyhttps://nesea.org/node/add/session-evaluation?id=7169