BuildingEnergy Boston 2023 Sessions

Final session details, including speakers and continuing education credits, will be added in the coming weeks.

Tuesday

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Tuesday Keynote: The Net-Zero Building Revolution

This community has spent decades laying the groundwork for net-zero-energy buildings. Now we stand at an exciting turning point, as the technologies and approaches we have long fought for are beginning to enter the mainstream and even... Full Description

Harbor 1-3

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Commitment to Learning: A Case Study of Three Public Schools

Public school projects are a highly visible commitment from a community towards future generations, serve a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds, and are a valuable resource to the surrounding community. This case study will... Full Description

Harbor 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Materials

Health and Comfort

Scaling Low Carbon Market Transformation for Building Products

Operational carbon is challenging but attacking embodied carbon is a complete nightmare! How can firms streamline the deadly research drain and get compliance across all teams for low carbon, healthy material choices? Owners, how can... Full Description

Harbor 2

Justice and Equity

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Materials

Heat Pump Design Challenges in Larger Buildings: Air-to-Air VRF or Air-to-Water Hydronic

Electrification of HVAC systems and the elimination of fossil fuel heating in high rise building space conditioning systems poses unique design and system selection challenges.  Presenters will share two case studies for the design of... Full Description

Harbor 3

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Zero Energy Modular at Scale: Factories, Builders, and Design Professionals Wanted

VEIC’s work on Zero Energy Modular (ZEM) homes has helped hundreds of low and moderate income families achieve dignified, resilient, low-carbon housing. Over the past decade, we’ve partnered with five factories and countless funding... Full Description

Marina 1

Justice and Equity

Design and Construction Process

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Addressing Racism and Subtle Acts of Exclusion in the Design and Construction Workplace

Expanding our workforce by meaningful inclusion and retention of people from marginalized groups will be critical to scale our work. We have all heard statements, jokes, and questions in the workplace that make us cringe, but we may not... Full Description

Marina 3-4

Justice and Equity

Training and Workforce Development

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Driving Down Carbon in Concrete: From One Project to the Mainstream

Concrete accounts for approximately 11% of annual global carbon emissions. It is a material too important to ignore. Learn how BU’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences applied low-carbon concrete goals and selected structural... Full Description

Harbor 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Materials

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Accelerating Building Decarbonization with Tariffed On-Bill Financing

Imagine your utility told you they wanted to invest in state-of-the-art technology for your home or business. No taking on debt, and no matter if you're a renter. Your obligation? Paying a monthly tariff on your electric bill no greater... Full Description

Harbor 2

Justice and Equity

Business and Finance

Hotel Marcel: The Only Passive House Certified Hotel

Bruce Becker is the architect, developer, owner, and operator of Hotel Marcel. He will discuss the conversion of the formerly vacant Pirelli Building in New Haven into Hotel Marcel, a 165-room LEED Platinum all-electric boutique hotel... Full Description

Harbor 3

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Energy Production and Storage

Tales from the Trenches: Passive House Ventilation Commissioning Roadblocks

We will present tales from the trenches for ventilation approaches within the context of the Passive House building certification standard. This standard has set a high benchmark for low-energy buildings and is widely known as the most... Full Description

Marina 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Health and Comfort

Operations and Maintenance

Fundamentals of Functional Flashing

The vast majority of construction defect litigation is over failures of water management. As we construct lower and lower energy buildings, we’re reducing their physical ability to withstand a little “whoopsy” with your water barriers.... Full Description

Marina 3-4

Building Envelope

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Energy Storage in High Performance Buildings

Before PVs became affordable, excess solar energy was stored thermally. Energy storage, both thermal and electrical, aids grid penetration of renewables and builds resilience on-site. We’ll look at passive and active thermal storage in... Full Description

Harbor 1

Building Systems

Energy Production and Storage

Reaching Net Zero Carbon through Building Energy Codes

While the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is already being used by some states, wider adoption is anticipated with the initiation of DOE’s Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation (RECI) program. This session... Full Description

Harbor 2

Design and Construction Process

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Climate Equity is Right Under Our Feet: Ground Source Heat Pumps and Community Thermal Networks

Recent technology developments and incentive programs are creating new opportunities for ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) at the building and neighborhood scale (networked geothermal). Practitioners designing and piloting GSHPs will... Full Description

Marina 1

Justice and Equity

Building Systems

Energy Production and Storage

Health and Comfort

Electrification Journeys: How Two Companies Decarbonized Their Manufacturing Processes

Electrifying the manufacturing process of building materials is a critical step towards decarbonizing the built environment. Going where no companies have gone before, two leading edge companies share their journey to reduce the carbon... Full Description

Marina 3-4

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Materials

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Pretty Good House: A Guide to Creating Better Homes

Have you heard about the building standard that's not a standard? Learn how to create energy efficient, healthy, sustainable homes with an emphasis on making the concepts and technical details accessible to builders and designers of all... Full Description

Harbor 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Materials

Health and Comfort

The Results are In: Lessons Learned from Post Occupancy Data in Multifamily Passive Houses

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects has completed 6 multifamily Passive House buildings, with two more in construction and six more in design. Steven Winter Associates has completed over 20 Passive House buildings, with 15 more in construction... Full Description

Harbor 2

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Materials

Operations and Maintenance

Scalable Ground Source Heat Pump Systems: Mass. Maritime Academy Case Study

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy consists of 16 buildings comprising approximately 600,000 sf, with heating for the buildings is provided by gas fired hot water boilers in each. They have undertaken a planning effort and initial... Full Description

Harbor 3

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Energy Production and Storage

Leveraging Federal and State Incentives for Building Decarbonization

While recent state legislation across the region has codified ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in statute, these bills have had a clear lack of funding to address the massive capital investment needed. The tide may... Full Description

Marina 1

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Business and Finance

Training and Workforce Development


Wednesday

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Wednesday Keynote: Why We Stopped Doing Deep Energy Retrofits

After completing many Deep Energy Retrofit projects (DERs) in the late 2000s early 2010s here in Massachusetts, our residential design-build remodeling company's approach to energy retrofit work has shifted towards lighter envelope... Full Description

Harbor 1-3

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Materials

Health and Comfort

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Windows and Fenestration: Basics and Beyond

Windows are a key part of the building enclosure, but they are also the costliest, most fragile, and worst thermally performing component. We will present on windows from our viewpoint as building enclosure consultants and forensic... Full Description

Harbor 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Health and Comfort

Heads in Beds: the Colby College Hyper-Speed Dormitory Project

Typical university dormitory projects are capital intensive and take several years to complete. This project turned this practice on its head. Using modular construction, on-site precast foundations, an integrated design-build team and... Full Description

Harbor 2

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Global Adaptation of Passive House: Culture, Climate and Challenges

With rising determination to fight the climate crisis worldwide, practitioners are finding the Passive House standard a potent solution for the building sector. As passive and other sustainable building standards are proliferating... Full Description

Harbor 3

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Materials

Building Relationships: Community Ambassadors and Advisors

Research has shown that solar adoption in a neighborhood spurs more solar adoption. Conversely, if clean energy adoption is not seeded in other communities, these communities lose out on the benefits of clean energy. This panel will... Full Description

Marina 1

Justice and Equity

Carbon Storing Buildings: A Gateway to Justice and Belonging

Join principals of New Frameworks and Builders for Climate Action for a critical look at our practices that have endeavored to embed justice and belonging alongside the highest goals for building health, efficiency, and carbon storage... Full Description

Marina 3-4

Justice and Equity

Building Systems

Materials

Training and Workforce Development

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Creating Healthy, Decarbonized Classrooms

Many classroom environments are unhealthy and uncomfortable, creating poor learning environments with high absenteeism. Older, unventilated classrooms can be economically decarbonized with improved air quality and comfort. This session... Full Description

Harbor 1

Building Systems

Health and Comfort

Business and Finance

Operations and Maintenance

Size and Selection Matter: Using New Data and Tools to Design Effective Heat Pump Systems

Think you know effective heat pump sizing and design? Significant market growth of cold-climate air-source heat pumps has resulted in new insights and lessons learned. Come explore new tools and best practices to enable improved design... Full Description

Harbor 2

Building Systems

Health and Comfort

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Training and Workforce Development

Pushing the Glass Envelope: A BERDO 2.0 Compliance Pathway for a High Performance Building

This session offers a case study of a curtainwall building in which the project team collaborated on an iterative energy modeling and design process to achieve aggressive energy reduction goals. Our panel will share insight on the... Full Description

Harbor 3

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Retrofitting Existing Buildings into Low-Carbon Assets

Retrofitting buildings to reduce operating emissions is a key climate strategy. Viable, affordable, and scalable strategies must be implemented. However, we must avoid a surge of embodied carbon emissions from the manufacturing of... Full Description

Marina 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Materials

Touch a Trade: Inspiring The Next Generation Workforce

On October 22, 2022 we held the inaugural Touch A Trade event in Kent, CT. The goal of this event was to introduce pre-teen and teenage children to various trades via hands-on experiences. This first event attracted nearly 500... Full Description

Marina 3-4

Justice and Equity

Design and Construction Process

Business and Finance

Training and Workforce Development

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
New England’s Favorite Roof Retrofit: Moisture Data from Three MA Case Studies

Dense packing cellulose in roof slopes has been a common insulation retrofit strategy in New England for a long time, however technically it has not been allowed by code without the inclusion of venting or foam insulation at the roof... Full Description

Harbor 1

Building Envelope

Materials

The Path to Emergency Electric: Lessons from the Kenzi

Passive House buildings go hand-in-hand with on-site generation and electrification, but what happens when you have code-required emergency power backup? The Kenzi tackled the wicked problem of designing, pricing, and permitting the... Full Description

Harbor 2

Justice and Equity

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Energy Production and Storage

Electrification of Domestic Hot Water in Multifamily Buildings

Methods for electrification of DHW in multifamily buildings all pose challenges. This session will provide an overview of existing technologies and a brief history of how we arrived at central air-source heat pump technology as the... Full Description

Harbor 3

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

How Will You Meet the Demand? Scaling Passive House Certification for the New Energy Code

With the coming updates to building energy codes, there is an anticipation of growth in the volume of Passive House buildings. It is important to have a fully scalable approach to successfully guide teams from scope development through... Full Description

Marina 1

Design and Construction Process

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Green Jobs Training: What Works? What Doesn't?

The global implications of climate change require immediate local action, with a major priority being to have a well-trained green workforce to meet the growing labor needs. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Boston, alongside... Full Description

Marina 3-4

Justice and Equity

Policy, Codes, and Standards

Business and Finance

Training and Workforce Development

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Session Title Speakers Room Areas of Focus
Saving Energy in Hospitals with Passive House Techniques

As the energy and carbon landscape evolves, the design and construction of hospitals must change to meet new challenges. New techniques, perspectives and methodologies must be applied to drive innovation and achieve outstanding results... Full Description

Harbor 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Envelope

Building Systems

Health and Comfort

Scaling Up Material Health

The impact of building materials on human and environmental health has received increased attention, and hundreds of design firms have pledged to support healthier materials. Ensuring healthier material selections requires complex... Full Description

Harbor 2

Design and Construction Process

Materials

Health and Comfort

Training and Workforce Development

A Necessary Evolution: Three Companies Instigate Change via Offsite Construction

To achieve mass adoption of offsite construction, the building process as we know it has to be reevaluated from multiple perspectives. This is especially true when combined with the goals of scaling up low-carbon and high-performance... Full Description

Harbor 3

Justice and Equity

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Training and Workforce Development

Decarbonizing and Electrifying DHW Using Commercial-Scale CO2 Heat Pumps

This session will discuss the advantages and challenges of using CO2 Heat Pumps for decarbonizing and efficiently electrifying commercial Domestic Hot Water systems. The session will outline and discuss the Mitsubishi Electric Heat2O... Full Description

Marina 1

Design and Construction Process

Building Systems

Energy Production and Storage

Operations and Maintenance