Host a Pro Tour

Living Building Challenge Pro Tour

You are a NESEA member interested in hosting a BuildingEnergy Pro Tour. Fantastic! Read below to find out what to expect, and submit a proposal. 

Who does what?

  • The host provides the content, expertise, and contact information for the project team members and vendors.

  • NESEA is committed to making this process as simple as possible by providing logistical support. We take care of promotion, registration, refreshments, transportation, on-site support, etc. We invite vendors involved in the project to become sponsors and charge a registration fee to attendees in order to cover the expenses of the event and support further NESEA programming.

What you get for being a host:

  • Although you are not paid for being a host, your location will be showcased to sustainable building professionals on our website, in promotion, and during the tour, serving as both an educational and marketing opportunity. Only NESEA members are able to host Pro Tours.

  • The host and three members of their project team get a complimentary registration to attend the tour.

  • Hosts are invited to become sponsors, but are not required to do so.

Sample Pro Tour Schedule:

  • 12:30 PM Doors open at meeting point for registration, coffee, and networking

  • 1:00 PM Welcome by NESEA, introduction of the host, overview of the project(s) by one or two members of the project team

  • 1:45 PM Leave for tour (on charter bus if applicable)

  • 4:00 PM Return from tour, reception with refreshments

  • 4:15 PM Q&A panel or workshop (determined by host)

  • 4:45 PM Final networking

  • 5:00 PM Event concludes

Questions we will ask you/things we need from you if your site is selected for a Pro Tour:

  • For each site:

    • Address

    • Parking information

      • When possible, we contract with a school bus to transport us to minimize driving, maximize camaraderie, and reduce parking issues

    • Picture or rendering of the site - high resolution jpeg

    • Tour guide names and contact information

    • Tagline and 6 informational bullet points in order of importance about the site

    • Is there a limit to the number of people who can attend? We may split the group up, which means we can accommodate more attendees but need additional tour guides.

  • Promotion

    • What do you need from us in order to be able to share with your lists? We can provide HTML content, PDFs, etc.

  • Workshop

    • Can one of the sites be used as a workshop location? If not, do you have any recommendations for local gathering places?

      • Does the workshop site provide A/V, tables/chairs, a commercial kitchen, china and glassware? If not, no worries, we’ll figure it out.

    • Can you recommend a local caterer to provide light refreshments?

    • Is there a presentation that you would like to give, or a speaker you would like to invite, or would you prefer to have a Q&A session with the tour guides and members of the project team? If so, who are they?

  • Sponsors

    • Who are the vendors and partners involved in the project?

      • If you send us a name, organization and email address, we will reach out to the sponsors for you, letting them know you gave them our name.

        • If you prefer, you may reach out to the sponsor directly, and we are happy to send you a sponsor letter to give to them.

      • Below are the sponsorship opportunities that we offer for Pro Tours:


Title: $2500

Gold: $1000

Silver: $500

Bronze: $250

Ad in Pro Tour Program

Full page – logo on front

Full page

Half page 8" w x 5.125" h

Quarter page 3.625" w x 5.125" h

Complimentary Registrations





Exhibit Table at Workshop

Presented by you and NESEA


Logo/Link on Pro Tour Promotion

Presented by you and NESEA

Logo/Link on Pro Tour Webpage

Presented by you and NESEA


Deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 8 weeks out: Workshop site and bus transportation solidified; NESEA proposes schedule

  • 6 weeks out: NESEA reaches out to sponsors, launches registration page, and opens registration

  • 2 weeks out: NESEA registers sponsors, tour guides, and confirms schedule

  • 1 week out: NESEA sends out a master rundown of the event to all the parties involved, detailing where to be and when for each person involved in the tour


Application Process:

Step 1: Complete the online application form.

Step 2: A committee of NESEA members will review your propsoal.

Step 3: If you're site is selected, schedule a conference call with NESEA staff to begin planning your Pro Tour!


That’s it in a nutshell! Questions? Contact Miriam at 413-774-6051 x 14 or

Our Mission

NESEA advances the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment by cultivating a community where practitioners share, collaborate and learn.