Thoughts on Sustainability and Sweden

A dispatch from Sweden by Andy Shapiro When I first got to Stockholm, I was disappointed. I realized that I was carrying an image of a perfect society, with everything fixed, everything working, a total social consensus, a beacon of sustainability in this broken world. Arriving here, I was a week past rolling across the […]

Scandinavian Saga

A report comes from abroad by Phil Kaplan: “In a well designed building, you open the windows only for fun.” — Arne Elmroth, Professor Emeritus of building science, Lund University, Sweden. “You don’t do anything for fun.” — Anders Olsson, Swedish Building Engineer, retired. We’re already into Day Five of our Scandinavian saga and this […]

Kate Goldstein Fund for Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations goes out to Heather Nolen, of Steven Winter Associates! Heather has been selected to receive a travel scholarship for a tour with four other committed NESEA members to Sweden and Denmark, countries that share a similar climate profile to the NESEA region. The tours, which will take place from October 19 – November 1, […]

Book Review: After the Rain by Jonathan Wright

Although it may be a little unusual to include a book of poetry in a building blog, NESEA member Jonathan Wright has written an unusual book, one that certainly reflects an abiding commitment to two-thirds of the triple bottom line: people and planet. It’s tempting to try to find building metaphors—does the chapter titled “Hexagon” […]

Marc Rosenbaum’s 13 Best Practices for Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEBs)

(This is a synopsis of a peer-reviewed article by Marc Rosenbaum, found in the Fall 2014 edition of BuildingEnergy magazine), and a preview of what’s in store for students of Marc’s BuildingEnergy Masters Series Course, Zero Net Energy Homes. A zero net energy building is one that uses no more energy annually than its renewable […]

A Bottom Liner Report from Peaks Island, ME

Editor’s note: BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines is a peer-networking group for high performance building professionals. This is a recent post from member Steve Greenberg on the value he finds in learning from and sharing with his network group, Plan Bygg. Here I am, on an island off Portland, ME in the home of one of my […]

Heat Loss To The Ground (Part 2)

Part 2: Calculating Heat Loss Editor’s note: This is part two of a blog post on Heat Loss to The Ground by Marc Rosenbaum. If you missed part one, you can get it here. The THERM model also can yield an assembly U factor. In the case modeled, the assembly U factor is 0.36 BTU/hr-˚F […]

Heat Loss to the Ground (Part 1)

Ground heat loss does not equal ambient air heat loss. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Well, it’s a lot more complex than that. I teach an online course about Zero Net Energy Homes. In that course, the participants learn to do design heat loss calculations and annual energy use modeling, among other things. One topic […]

BuildingEnergy NYC: What We Measure, Why it Matters

Creating an energy balance is the great challenge of our time; reducing quantity, producing quality. It is why we are gathering for the third annual BuildingEnergy NYC conference on October 16th, 2014. Reducing the energy load of our built environment is one of the most effective strategies available. Every watt or BTU that isn’t consumed […]

Net-Zero Energy Coalition Joins Us For BuildingEnergy 15

Big news for BuildingEnergy 15! We’re pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit will be co-located with us at the Seaport World Trade Center for BuildingEnergy 15, March 3-5, 2015 (natch). We’re excited for this great opportunity to celebrate innovation in zero net energy technologies and practices with professionals from […]