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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.

Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – ENERGY STAR v3.0 @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Sep 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.  Learn how you can differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.

This webinar will give a brief overview of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program.  Our trainers will be available to answer your questions.


TREAT Multifamily High Rise Workshop @ Online Training
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Date: September 18th, 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

During this two hour webinar participants will create a TREAT model of a high-rise building step by step with the instructor. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.

Topics included:

  • Strategic creation of spaces and surfaces
  • Transformation of HVAC audit data into TREAT inputs
  • Utility Bill upload, analysis and True-up
  • DHW inputs
  • Infiltration
  • Fans
  • Lights
  • Appliances
  • Improvements
  • Packages

To benefit the most from this webinar, participants should have prior experience modeling TREAT software, or have attended the introductory webinar.

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).


FREE Webinar: Sneak Peek – Large Building Retuning @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


While sophisticated energy management and control systems are used in large commercial buildings to manage heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems and components, many buildings still are not properly commissioned, operated, or maintained. This lack of proper operation and maintenance leads to inefficiencies, reduced lifetime of equipment, and, ultimately, higher energy costs.  

This webinar gives an overview of our Large Building Retuning training, which will teach you how to identify operational problems by leveraging data collected from the building automation system (BAS) and correct those problems at no cost or low-cost.

Our trainer will be available to answer your questions.


Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – RESNET Combustion Safety and Work Scope Training @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Sep 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


All Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st 2014 to maintain their Rater Certification!  Learn more about this requirement, and talk with our trainers, who will be available to answer your questions.
High Performance, Energy Efficient “Green” Heating Systems @ Greenfield Community College Downtown Center
Sep 27 all-day
High Performance, Energy Efficient "Green" Heating Systems @ Greenfield Community College Downtown Center

Learn about High-Performance, Energy-Efficient “Green” Heating Systems in this workshop on September 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the GCC Downtown Center. It will cover solar space heating, pellet- or other biomass-fired boilers, ground-source and air-source heat pumps, condensing boilers fired on natural gas or propane, bio-diesel and high-performance oil-fired options and more. Case studies for multiple new and retrofit applications will be included. Registration and more information is available at www.tinyurl/BEA-GCC . Then come to a tour of high-performance buildings at Katywil Farm Community on Saturday, October 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.


Overview of Systems to be Covered–
Condensing boilers
Air-source heat pumps
Ground-source heat pumps
Pellet-fired boilers
Solar-assisted space heating

Condensing vs. Traditional Systems–
Why condense and how to optimize condensing heating performance
The importance of resetting water temperatures based upon load
Right-sizing and condensing operation
The value of a high turn-down ratio
Parallel cascading operation vs lead-lag operation
Report on study results of published study of condensing boilers
Lessons learned from field study performance

Design Scenarios and Discussion–
Designing a hydronic system for new construction
Retrofitting an existing steam system
Retrofitting with pellet-fired boiler systems

Heat Pumps–
How they work
COP (coefficient of performance)
Performance in cold climates
Air-source and ground-source heat pumps
Air-to-air, water-to-air, and water-to-water systems
Split systems, mini-splits, and ducted systems
Ground-Source Heat Pump Case Study–
Borehole field
Water to air heat pumps
Temperature controls and scheduling
Lessons learned

Air-Source Heat Pump Case Study–
Outdoor condenser
Indoor terminal equipment
Temperature controls and scheduling
Lessons learned

Solar-Assisted Space Heating–
New construction
Rooftop solar thermal panels
Radiant floor heat delivery system
Hot water storage tank
Lessons learned

Round Up and Review

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE’s sustainability training. Now, CSE is back to San Francisco to deliver for the very first time the advanced version of the training and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered:
This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practitioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.


Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions
Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines
The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction
Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines
External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report
The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

A must-attend event for everyone in:

Public Relations
Human Resources
Sustainability and Environment

HERS Energy Rater Training (RESNET Certification) @ Part Online Training
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm



  • Sept 29 to Oct 10 (online portion)
  • Oct 27 – Oct 30 (field portion)


  • 9am to 12pm (online portion)
  • 9am to 5pm (field portion)

Location: Online + Classroom/field portion in a TBD location in Central New York

Why take this course?

  • Expand your business into the growing field of home performance.
  • Provide certified HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.
  • Work with home builders and architects to design and build energy efficient homes.
  • Consult with homeowners on how to improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and safety.

Who should take this course?

  • Contractors seeking to diversify into home performance. This includes HVAC; home builders; insulation/air sealing; remodeling; windows/doors; siding; plumbing; handyman; renewable energy installers; Indoor air quality; roofing; home automation.
  • BPI Certified professionals seeking to become RESNET certified HERS Raters.
  • Energy Auditors and Home Inspectors seeking the income potential by adding new services.
  • Architectural firms seeing to establish an in-house HERS Rater.
  • Weatherization (WAP) professional
  • Anyone seeking an exciting building performance career or business.

Course description:

Ten 3-hour online sessions spread over 2 weeks + 4 classroom/field days. This training will familiarize participants with the process and science of conducting an energy rating, and prepare you to successfully pass the HERS certification test and perform ratings of newly built houses. The course will examine “the house as a system,” including energy and moisture transfer, the thermal envelope, air leakage problems and solutions, ventilation and indoor air quality, windows, as well as basic energy load calculations, and diagnostic testing using a blower door, infrared thermography, and a duct blaster. Following the class, students will apply for certification with an accredited Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider. The online training, combined with classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of home energy ratings, and communicate these to potential customers.
  • Explain the basics of energy efficient mortgages, energy improvement mortgages, the Energy Star Homes program, and related products to potential customers.
  • Perform infield inspections and diagnostics necessary to produce a home energy rating, including blower door leakage testing and duct leakage testing.
  • Operate rating software and produce required reports.
  • Produce accurate and unbiased home energy ratings, from building plans and from field inspections.
  • Describe the follow-up process required for completion of the rating and loan process.
  • List the goals, services and responsibilities of the national home energy rating system.
Upon completion of the course you will receive 22 continuing education units (CEUs).


U.S. Green Building Council – Maine Chapter – Seminar
Oct 1 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

October 2014 Green Eggs | Solar Energy Microgrids

October 1, 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 second session of our Green Eggs series entitled “Climate Change and the Built Environment” we’ll explore the concept of solar energy microgrids. GridSolar’s Steve Hinchman will address the group on Smartgrid and the Boothbay microgrid pilot project. The Boothbay Region of CMP’s electric grid is a peninsula that is served by a single transmission line. The growth of summer electric load in this region is now close to the point of exceeding the capacity of that line. CMP has indicated that it will cost $18 million to upgrade this line to increase its capacity to handle the few hours in any year when it is at risk. As an alternative, the GridSolar Boothbay Pilot Project involves the development, operation and control of up to 2,000 kW of distributed generation, energy conservation and demand response located in the Boothbay Region, resulting in a net load reduction which would avoid the need to rebuild the transmission line.


Steve Hinchman, Esq., Director of Financing at ReVision Energy, has more than forty years of legal and public policy experience, including 8 years of environmental reporting with Colorado’s High Country News, a tenure with the Southwestern Colorado Resource Advisory Council, six years with the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and General Counsel of GridSolar, LLC. A 2003 Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Hinchman is admitted to the bar in Maine, the U.S. District Court of Maine, and the First and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has participated in cases before the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hinchman has also practiced before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Regulatory Commission, the Maine Ethics Commission, and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Utilities. At ReVision, Steven Hinchman will be utilize his legal and grant writing experience to secure financing solutions for solar energy projects throughout the Northeast.

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 @ Binghamton, NY - Binghamton University
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm



  • Receive 14 PDHs upon completion

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.

Puchase Training

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