Virtual Pro Tour: 1890s Farmhouse to Super Insulated Commercial Space

Event Date: 

Friday, November 13, 2020




$20 members/$25 non-members

CEU Information: 


NESEA's interactive Pro-Tour, hosted by Garland Mill, featured a deep dive into the conversion of a 1890s farmhouse that has been transformed into a super insulated building providing space for arts and education nonprofits in Littleton, NH. Just like an in-person Pro Tour, this event mixed presentation with small group conversation, giving participants the chance to meet project team members and one another. 

About the Project

Garland Mill was the developer, designer and construction manager of the project. They turned a 130-year-old wood framed building into a commercial building providing space for arts and education nonprofits. Because this building is located in the cold climate of Littleton, NH, special care was given to the envelope, including creating an R-50 roof, and the installation of triple pane windows. This 9000 square foot building now includes a 30 kilowatt array, sub metering with a proprietary app to allow the building owner to manage peak loads, and multi-split heat pumps that allow tenants to manage energy use remotely. During this event, participants learned about this building’s transformation, including details on construction, carpentry, mechanicals, and renewable energy. 

About the Event

Through a mix of presentation, video, and small group breakout rooms, we used a format that preserves the interactive, behind-the-scenes vibe that has made NESEA’s Pro Tours so popular.

Unlike a traditional webinar, attendees came with their mics and cameras on: as a participant in this event, they were able to see and hear other attendees, ask content experts questions directly, and meet new people in the NESEA community.




Event begins! Welcome from NESEA, project host, & series sponsors.


Opening remarks from representative from ZipSystem, series sponsor


Project featurette: mini-documentary about project, including video, still photos, slides, etc. 


Breakout groups. Participants are split into virtual breakout rooms, each hosted by a member of the interdisciplinary project team. Team members will go into depth about their specific work on the project. Speakers rotate through breakout rooms – all attendees get small group time with each speaker.


Participants all brought back as a full group for Q&A panel with all speakers


Event concludes


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