November 7th Net Zero Pro Tour

Last Friday, November 7th NESEA hosted a BuildingEnergy Pro Tour in Rhode Island. 46 professionals joined NESEA on tours of two homes in Jamestown and Tiverton, designed to be zero energy and net zero, respectively. We started our tour on Narragansett’s West Bay in Tiverton with Mike Cabral and Stu Flanagan of Newport Renewables. This single […]

2015 Zero Net Energy Building Award

How chill is your crib? How cozy is your hearth? How awesome is your zero net energy new construction or retrofit? If it’s efficient, comfortable, affordable, reliable and elegant, you could be awarded $10,000. The Zero Net Energy Building Award is NESEA’s annual search for the best building in the Northeast that captures as much […]

A Day For NESEA’s Emerging Young Professionals

On December 10, 2014 NESEA will once again be a part of ValleyGives Day, an annual 24-hour innovative online fundraising event that provides a rally point for supporters to make a tax-deductable donation as little as $10 with the possibility of being amplified by $1,000 prizes. This year we #GiveForKate and our emerging sustainability professionals. […]

Hammarby Sjöstad

From Heather Nolan in Sweden: We met with Björn Cederquist who was kind enough to tell us about Hammarby Sjöstad, a new sustainable district, which he is quite proud of. Stockholm is a growing city, with a population of 1.5 million and a serious lack of housing. The city central is quite developed, outside the […]

BEBL are BEBL – The Building Energy Bottom Lines Gathering in Portland, Maine

From Phil Kaplan: 10/1-3/2014 What an incredible few days. I’m still on a bit of a high from it, actually. So is the entire office, it seems. There’s no way our business hasn’t been changed by this, and most certainly for the better -maybe even dramatically so. Most NESEA regulars have at least heard a […]

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 Paul Eldrenkamp: “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 […]