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AIA+2030 Professional Series @ Audubon Center, Concord, NH
Mar 27 – Feb 27 all-day

Professional Education Series

Beginning March 27, 2014
Audubon Center, Concord, NH
Credible scientists give us 10 years to be well on our way toward global greenhouse gas emissions reductions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Fifty percent of those greenhouse gas emissions can be traced to buildings. Proper tools and training are critical in order for architects to make a difference.

To impact the threat of climate change, Architecture 2030®, a non-partisan, national not-for-profit started by renowned architect Ed Mazria AIA Member Emeritus, has issued the 2030 Challenge® asking the global architecture and building community to reach the goal of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.

AIANH is taking tangible steps toward reaching that goal. One of those steps is presenting the AIA+2030 Professional Series™, a 10-session program of intermediate-to-high-level professional development courses designed to provide specific ways to make our built environment energy-efficient. The courses address items such as Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Modeling, Active Solar Systems, and a variety of techniques and strategies specific to creating the type of buildings we need to be creating in the future.

Climate Change is real. Architects and other building industry professionals have solutions. AIANH is looking forward to working with the design community and beyond to take on the 2030 Challenge!

40 AIA HSW LUs for the full program
Participants for this Educational Series must sign up for all ten-sessions. However, firms or companies may purchase “seats” and send different people to attend the sessions, who can then share the information with people back at the office.

Weatherize Your Home
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Weatherize your home
October 25th, 9-12 noon, Peter Talmage
FREE– There are many ways to improve the efficiency of your home that can save you lots of fuel. Many of these measures cost little to nothing. Learn these simple methods as well as some of modest cost and make your home more easy to heat and more comfortable. Sources of funding and available rebates will also be discussed.
To register: 413-863-8694

Certified Passive House Consultant Training @ Gridstar Center
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm

Join the passive building leaders: Become a Certified Passive House Consultant!
Virtual (Phase I) sessions begin October 7, in-class (Phase II) in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Clean Energy & Sustainable Affordable Housing Symposium and Expo @ District Hall
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Attention all affordable housing owners, developers, and managers!

Please join the City of Boston, MassHousing, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for a symposium to share ideas, ask questions, get answers, and hear the latest info on energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy and water conservation for affordable housing properties in Massachusetts. Plus, clean energy and water conservation vendors will be demonstrating their new technologies.

Welcome and Kickoff:
Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development

Energy and Water in Massachusetts’ Multifamily Buildings:
WegoWise has the richest dataset of multifamily energy and water use in the Commonwealth. Come hear about what they’re learning.

Energy and Water Management:
Best Practices from the Field, Case Studies, Panel Discussion. Bring your questions!

Closing Remarks:
Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Networking and Technology Expo:
New Technologies and Vendors for Multifamily Properties

Sponsored by MassHousing, City of Boston, and The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

In partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New Ecology, Inc., WegoWise, and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership

RESNET Combustion Safety & Workscope (CAZ) Online Training @ Online
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – Nov 7 @ 11:00 am


7 PDCsfor this class

3.5 CEUsfor this class


  • Oct. 27 – noon to 1pm (training kickoff)
  • Nov 4, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 5, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 6, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 7 (testing)

Course Description

With increased national demand for comprehensive retrofits, the RESNET Board of Directors has made it a requirement that RESNET certified Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work Scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st, 2014, to maintain the Rater Certification. This 7-hour online training designed for Raters who are also BPI certified, is conveniently spaced over just 1 week and will prepare attendees to take and pass the tests.

All existing Raters must pass both the written and simulation CAZ exams by January 1, 2015, to maintain their Rater certification.

This RESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Training fulfill this requirement.

*Raters who are not BPI analyst certified will need an additional 2 hours of field training by the end of 2014 to comply with RESNET standards.*

Course Objectives

Targeting Health and Safety

  • Ambient Carbon Monoxide per RESNET standards
  • Measurement and protocols
  • Carbon Monoxide in unvented combustion appliances (ovens and ranges)
  • Combustible gas leakage testing

Heating and Cooling Systems

Vented Combustion Appliance Safety Testing

  • Interaction of combustion appliances and makeup air
  • Controlled and uncontrolled makeup air
  • Venting configurations and interaction with the building envelope
  • Depressurization, flame rollout, and backdraft
  • Configuring the home for Worst Case Depressurization testing
  • Measuring and documenting spillage
  • Carbon Monoxide in the venting flue
    • Variations in venting configuration and testing locations (venting & fuel types)
  • Predicting and adjusting for combustion safety problems
    • Correcting depressurization problems per RESNET protocols
    • Workscope recommendations based on CO and spillage testing results
  • Introduction to the RESCAZ training simulator
  • Differences between the BPI and RESNET testing protocols
All online sessions will be recorded for later viewing for our participants convenience.


Large Building Re-Tuning @ Online Training
Nov 4 @ 12:30 pm – Nov 13 @ 4:30 pm



20 PDHs for this class

Time: Five 4-hour sessions delivered over two weeks; 12:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Dates: November 4, 5, 6, 11, 13


Course Description

This online training course will introduce you to graphical diagnostic aids that can be used for monitoring and testing the performance of economizers and chillers. Course attendees will learn how to optimize set points, schedules, and sequences to save energy without sacrificing the comfort of the occupants of the building. Specifically, attendees will learn how to:

  • Utilize trend data to evaluate hot/cold calls
  • Diagnose operating conditions of equipment
  • Evaluate equipment schedules compared to actual operating hours
  • Avoid manual system overrides by holistically evaluating building systems

The benefits of attending this training are:

  • Improved awareness of inefficient building operating conditions
  • Improved monitoring of system and equipment functioning over time
  • Trouble-shooting and action-planning based on data observations
  • Better operating conditions – comfort improvements and energy savings

Course attendees will be given access to remote support services to help them take their own building through the retuning process.

Who’s the course for?

This training is for O&M staff (property management companies) and offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or controls vendors) hired to maintain and/or improve the performance of the building systems, as well as energy engineers and auditors.


U.S. Green Building Council – Maine Chapter – Seminar
Nov 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

November 2014 Green Eggs | Building Resiliency

November 5, 2014
7:30am – 9:00am
Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME
$15.00 members
$20.00 non-members


In the third session of our Green Eggs series entitled “Climate Change and the Built Environment” we are pleased to partner with the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council to deliver a program on building resiliency. Bill Turner of Turner Building Science will present on designing buildings to be resilient and meet the challenges of climate change.


Bill Turner, MS, PE, LEED AP is President/CEO at Turner Building Science. Mr. Turner has 30 years of experience in the implementation of
indoor air quality/HVAC evaluation and engineering HVAC/building science diagnostic programs evaluations in school, commercial, health care, laboratory, residential, and industrial settings. Experience includes HVAC & energy performance, occupant complaint, and building science / moisture evaluations, air monitoring data collection, quality assurance, technical report preparation, forensics/expert witness, and specific recommendations for corrective action.
He continues to provide often aclaimed training to may types of audiences, especially facility managers.

Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is an interdisciplinary, non-profit, non-partisan organization, with a diverse membership of physicians & nurses, engineers, maintenance managers, lawyers, toxicologists, insurers, industrial hygienists, respiratory therapists, educators, architects, legislators, and public policy decision-makers. The Mission of the Council is simply to promote quality of life through improved indoor environments

About Green Eggs and to Register

Green Eggs is the Chapter’s monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic relevant to green buildings. Networking and breakfast, featuring a full breakfast – local, organic, creative – prepared by Local Sprouts Cooperative, will take place from 7:30 – 8:00 followed by a 45 minute presentation and a 15 minute question, answer & discussion period. Attendance is limited and pre-registration with payment is recommended. Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non members. To register for the event, register here or e-mail to reserve your spot.

OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Syracuse, NY - Syracuse Center of Excellence (COE)
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm



14 PDHs for this class

Date: November 5-6

Time: 9am-5pm

Course Description

This 2-day hands-on course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

Registration includes all workshop material & continental breakfast and lunch daily.

Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies

Course Agenda

Day 1

Use the OS SketchUp Plugin to:

  • Load templates for providing default values
  • Import idf or gbxml files generated by other tools
  • Use Sketchup tools to create building spaces (form and fabric)
  • Rapidly assign space load definitions
  • Rapidly assign properties using construction and schedule sets at different hierarchies
  • Configure spaces for daylight controls
  • Create external shading objects/surfaces
  • Collect/configure spaces into Thermal Zones and assign thermostats

Use the OpenStudio Application to:

  • Use BCL to retrieve Configure Zonal Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Service Water systems and controls
  • Add BCL measures to extend baseline model
  • Incorporate utility bills for model/billing comparison
  • Addition of measures to provide calibration roadmap

Day 2

Use Results Viewer to:

  • Graphically examine detailed mode output
  • Export detailed model output for further post-processing

Use Parametric Analysis Tool to:

  • Select and configure OS measures from the NREL BCL
  • Define simulation study by configuring Design Alternatives
  • Use the Amazon EC2 resource to execute the simulation study
  • Examine detailed model output

Special Topics

  • How to create a “measure” for use in OpenStudio
  • OpenStudio Measure
  • EnergyPlus Measure
  • Reporting Measure
  • How to share measures to the BCL
  • How to manage large simulation studies
Learning to S.E.E. (Sell Efficiency Effectively) – sponsored by NYSERDA @ Fitch Learning Center
Nov 6 @ 7:30 am – Nov 7 @ 3:30 pm
Learning to S.E.E. (Sell Efficiency Effectively) - sponsored by NYSERDA @ Fitch Learning Center | New York | New York | United States

If you seek shorter sales cycles and higher closing ratios for your efficiency projects, join us for Learning to S.E.E. (Sell Efficiency Effectively)™, a two-day workshop focused on selling efficiency that features concepts from the award-winning, weeklong Efficiency Sales Professional™ Certificate Boot Camp. Qualified attendees receive a 70% discount!

Participants will also receive a full year’s free access to eight hours of online/on-demand training on the Financial Analysis of Energy Efficiency Projects and be invited to monthly coaching conference calls hosted by the course instructor.

This workshop will be presented by Mark Jewell, a nationally recognized subject matter expert, author, coach, and speaker focused on applying energy efficiency to create value. His experience includes 30 years in commercial real estate and 20 years in energy efficiency. He supports other professionals and organizations in overcoming the barriers to implementing projects. Earlier in his career, Mark helped the US EPA deploy both the ENERGY STAR Buildings Program for Commercial Real Estate and the Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Mark received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His new best-selling book, Selling Energy: Inspiring Ideas That Get More Projects Approved was released this September.

This two-day workshop is brought to you through a partnership between the CUNY Building Performance Lab, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and EEFG, Inc., with generous support from NYSERDA.

Intro to the Living Building Challenge 3.0 @ USGBC Massachusetts Office - Aristotle Room
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Boston, and the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter invite you to an evening introduction of the newest version of the Living Building Challenge 3.0. Learning objectives are to:

  • Understand the basic philosophy of the Living Building Challenge
  • Describe the key components of the program including new imperatives
  • Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
  • Locate the resources provided by the International Living Future Institute

The presenter is Shawn Hessey, RA USGBC Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, an architect and sustainability consultant for emersion DESIGN.

This program has been approved for one AIA Learning Unit (HSW/SD).