Local Events

NESEA members are doing incredible work all over the Northeast. Local events, made up of Pro Tours, workshops, and other events inspired by members and hosted by NESEA, are an opportunity to showcase that work. These events occur throughout the year from Pennsylvania to Maine and are regional complements to the BuildingEnergy conferences in Boston and New York in March and October. We hope to see you at a local event soon!

A Melpet Farm townhouse under construction
BE Pro Tour
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Melpet Farm

This Pro Tour will take attendees to the Melpet Farm Residences, a recently completed affordable housing community in Dennis, MA. These homes were built to near Net Zero standards despite the intensely regulated pricing of affordable housing units.

Exterior shot of Abbot Mill Complex, featuring canal
BE Pro Tour
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Abbot Mill

The Abbot Mill complex consists of 13 former woolen mill buildings dating from the late 1800’s, now on the National Register of Historic Places in Westford, MA. This Pro Tour will showcase the six years of work that it took to rehabilitate this historic industrial property into a modern, high-performing residential complex.

Guilford House Rendering
BE Pro Tour
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Zero Energy Homestead; Guilford, CT

This Pro Tour takes attendees on a in-progress homestead farm on an 8 acre parcel in southern Connecticut. The design team has created a 100% self sustaining home in-line with the clients’ vision for the property. This newly constructed (spring 2016), two-story home will be Zero Energy and is incorporating Passive House methods in all aspects, presenting the possibility of certification.

Creekside Rendering
BE Pro Tour
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This tour of the CreekSide Net Zero House features one of the first net zero homes in Central/Western NY. This isn’t your typical net zero design – traditional stick building elements were combined with the age-old craft of timber framing to form the bones of the project. Natural lighting, on-site PV array, and a design allowing winter passive solar heat gain and summer shade are just the tip of the iceberg.

Front view Gravelly Hill Road
BE Pro Tour
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Wakefield , RI

Construction on this new residence is scheduled to take place starting in spring 2016; the Pro Tour will offer a chance for participants to see the way the project has come together, while the building process is still underway. This home serves as an example of residential construction that strategically employs standard building materials and techniques to meet the passive house standard.

Kern Center Under Construction
BE Pro Tour
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Hampshire College

With construction on these two buildings recently completed, the August 2016 ProTour will be a chance for participants to see the finished products, after occupation and with systems up and running. The tour will include walk-through of both sites, as well an overview of the LBC certification process, and a Q & A with members of the team that made these projects a reality. Because there are currently only eight certified LBC projects in the world, this tour provides a rare opportunity to hear from people working to the meet the LBC criteria.

Exterior shot of the Burr and Burton Academy Mountain Campus At Night
BE Pro Tour
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This Pro Tour will bring participants into the forest of southwestern Vermont to walk through the innovative, Leed Platinum Certified Burr and Burton Academy Mountain Campus (BBAMC). Since its completion in 2012, BBAMC has been functioning as an immersive satellite campus where students can learn about environmental science and sustainable, green building principles.

Exterior Keaton House
BE Pro Tour
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Westport, Ma

This Pro Tour will take us through a mixed-use site featuring residential green building methods in a small-scale agricultural setting. This tour includes three distinct residences (a main house, a guest house, and an apartment) built with the guidance of Passive House and Net Zero principles.

Exterior shot of Ridgeview Net Zero home in New Boston, NH
BE Pro Tour
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This Pro Tour will take participants into newly-constructed Net Zero home on a mountaintop in southern New Hampshire. Completed in 2013, the project concept was developed by the homeowners, and designed, built, and executed by the team from Ridgeview Construction. Ridgeview Construction worked closely with the homeowners to incorporate intelligent technologies and features that would help the occupants approach their goal true Net Zero living

Rendering of exterior of house
BE Pro Tour
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the two previous Pro Tours of this site, NESEA is thrilled to be able to offer a third Pro Tour of this Passive House in Wayland, giving attendants insight into the project as a whole, and a chance to see how the final project has been performing a year and a half after completion.

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What is a Pro Tour?

BuildingEnergy Pro Tours are half-day tours of high performance homes all over the Northeast led by members of the project teams behind them, concluding with a reception and workshop or Q&A session. Pro Tours are an opportunity for sustainable building professionals to get to see projects in progress with their own eyes, share their knowledge and learn from their colleagues.

NESEA hosts at least eight Pro Tours a year, in every month of the year except October and March (BuildingEnergy Conference months) and July and January (too hot and cold). Pro Tours are held on the first  or third Friday of the month, from 1 - 5:30 PM. The cost to attend a Pro Tour is $25 for NESEA members, and $35 for non-members, and proceeds support NESEA programming.

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