Don’t Be an Air Hole! — Part 1

Posted on January 30,2015 by ChrisBriley in airtightness

It's back to the basics with this one, folks. Back in 2013, we were asked to do a presentation at NESEA for the “Fundementals” track — something similar to our “Sprout Follies” podcast. We put together a PowerPoint presentation, and did our best to deal with the fact that our cocktails would be coffee. It was well received, so we thought it would be a good idea to share a condensed version of that presentation as a podcast here at GBA.

New Englanders Love Heat Pumps

Posted on January 30,2015 by ab3 in air-source heat pump

Last week I went to NESEA's Building Energy conference, and I think I heard three terms more than any others: heat pump, net zero, and passive house. (The second most popular trio was beer, wine, and whisky, but that may have something to do with the folks I was hanging out with.) So let's get right to the important question here: Why do these people in the cold climate of New England love heat pumps so much?

BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This March

Posted on January 30,2015 by ScottG in BuildingEnergy

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) opens BuildingEnergy 14, the largest conference of its kind in the region, for a three-day run on March 4 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Last year's conference attracted 3,000 professionals in the sustainable building industry. They represented 32 states and eight countries, according to NESEA, and included architects, builders, developers, building managers, installers and "anyone else who's working toward a sustainable built environment."

Green Open House Tour on October 5th

Posted on January 30,2015 by ScottG in Green Buildings Open House Tour

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's Green Buildings Open House Tour takes place Saturday, October 5, and for the second year NESEA is teaming up with EnergySage to provide an online database of the hundreds of houses that will be open to the public.

Education Center Wins 2013 Net-Zero Prize

Posted on January 30,2015 by ScottG in Maine

An 8,200-sq. ft. education center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has won the 2013 Zero Net Energy Building Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). The Bosarge Family Education Center was designed by Maclay Architects of Waitsfield, Vermont, and Scott Simon Architects of Portland, Maine. The center was built by Bensonwood of Walpole, New Hampshire. Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance was the energy consultant and Thornton Tomasetti of Portland, Maine, was the LEED consultant.

Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Posted on January 30,2015 by KevinIreton in BE13

Last week, I drove to Boston for Building Energy 13, the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). There were nine full-day workshops, 12 half-day workshops, and 60 hour-and-a-half sessions, with 10 going on at any one time. I can't possibly do justice to the quality of this event, but I can urge you to go next year and to look for more information about this year's conference on the NESEA website in the coming weeks.

Coming Soon: The NESEA Conference in Boston

Posted on January 30,2015 by GBA Team in BE13

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) will host its annual conference in Boston on March 5-7, 2013. The presenters at the Building Energy 13 conference will include many experts familiar to readers of Green Building Advisor, including Adam Cohen, Chris Corson, Mike Duclos, Gary Klein, Katrin Klingenberg, Greg Pedrick, Bill Rose, Marc Rosenbaum, Carter Scott, Linda Wigington, and Alex Wilson.

The Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard?

Posted on January 30,2015 by Mike_Maines in NESEA

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) held its annual meeting in Portland, Maine, on September 15th, 2012. After a day of tours of local sustainably designed projects and some pre-meeting smorgasbord grazing, the meeting started with a round of speeches by board and association directors. (Exciting changes are coming; stay tuned!). Then the meeting continued with the entertainment portion of the evening: a panel-style discussion about the Pretty Good House.

Earth Day and My Career Path to Sustainable Energy

Posted on January 30,2015 by AlexWilson in Alex Wilson

With Earth Day this past Sunday, I'm inspired to reflect on what motivated me — some 45 years ago(!) — to focus on a career of environmental protection and improvement, a career that has led me to a significant focus on more sustainable energy solutions. Back in the late 1960s at age 12 or 13, I became immersed in "conservation" and decided that this would be my life career. This was before the modern "environmental" movement really began, and "conservation" was the term used to describe environmental protection.

BuildingEnergy: The Best Little Conference in the Northeast

Posted on January 30,2015 by Daniel Morrison in deep energy retrofit

The official theme of this year’s NESEA conference was “Real Solutions, Real Experts.” But that’s kind of a cop-out. NESEA's conference is always filled with experts and solutions every year. The unofficial theme, it seemed to me, was "How Deep is Your Deep Energy Retrofit?"

Vermont House Wins $10,000 Net-Zero-Energy Prize

Posted on January 30,2015 by user-756436 in Green Building News

After Two Years, NESEA Chooses a Winner BOSTON, Mass. — An energy-efficient house in Charlotte, Vermont, has won a $10,000 prize offered by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) for the best net-zero-energy building in the Northeast. Completed in August 2007, the 2,700-square-foot home was designed by the homeowners, architects David Pill and Hillary Maharam.

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