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Thursday Events at BuildingEnergy 15

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You can still attend BuildingEnergy 15. Admissions can be paid at the door. The price for the full day is $349, and for a half day is $249. A Trade Show pass is $25.

Thursday events are in four sessions, 8:30-10:00, 10:30-12:00, 12:30-1:45, and 2:00 to 3:30, with a closing forum at 4:00.

Sessions beginning at 8:30 include the following:

The All Glass Building – Is Energy Efficiency Possible? While glass buildings continue to rise throughout our cities, the question of their sustainability remains.

Lies, Damned Lies and Green Building Standards Never get the R-15 wool insulation pulled over your eyes again! Separating green from greenwash is getting harder as standards proliferate.

Renewable Energy Powering Local Self-Reliance: Case Studies from Germany Over 150 villages in Germany produce all of the electricity and most of the heat they consume.  In these so-called “bioenergy villages,” renewable energy systems are driving economic growth.  … Full Description

Community Energy Footprints: Taking Residential Efficiency to Scale For all the Non Net Zero Homes out there, how can energy tracking at the community level help achieve 2030 goals? Four diverse building pros share lessons learned from their experience tracking… Full Description

H2-Uh-Oh: Moisture Risks and How to Manage Them Do you understand moisture dynamics? Do you have a comprehensive plan to control moisture in your buildings?

Dematerialization Applied As a follow-up to “Dematerializing Buildings” at BE14, this session will explore how the dematerialization and lightweighting of buildings is being put into practice.

Applying Passive House Principles to 160 Units of Affordable Housing – Lessons Learned Fairfax Gardens was a 150 unit dilapidated public housing development in Taunton, MA.

Efficient Cities: Are Ordinances, Competitions and Planning Efforts Helping? Cities across the country have enacted benchmarking laws, organized carbon challenges, and engaged in ambitions planning. We will discuss how these efforts are faring.

Events at 10:30 are the following:

Installing commercial windows and curtain walls without thermal bridges, air or water leaks
This session will look at the basic shapes of aluminum and fiberglass products used for frames, and identify the basic principles to be used to develop functional details for both new and retrofit… Full Description

Lessons from Scandinavia (Part 1)
Paul, Chris, Andy, Tom and Heather went to Scandinavia to learn about what the Swedes and Danes are doing about climate change.

LEDing the Lighting Revolution Part 1: How Many Light Bulbs Will it Take? If LEDs are the next best thing, why do so many building professionals still feel “in the dark” about the technology? Welcome to modern lighting where counter-intuitive chaotic tension is the… Full Description

Reinventing the Water Grid Part I: Science, Behavior & Dollars This session is in two parts.Water is scarcer. Systems for both fresh and waste water are vulnerable. Water standards are increasingly stringent to protect ecosystems and public health.

Responding to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge The Buckminster Fuller Challenge invites today’s practitioners to answer his call “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation,… Full Description

Close the Windows! Changing Occupant behavior with Heat Pumps and Individual Metering Advances in building envelopes and HVAC equipment enable widespread use of air source heat pumps by many in the “Net Zero Energy” and “Passive House” movements.

Efficiency Financing: The Current Landscape and Future Possibilities Energy efficiency financing is a complex topic, with numerous options for borrowers, and challenges in risk assessment. We will unravel this topic and consider how data-driven tools might improve… Full Description

Sensible Solutions to Latent Problems: Managing Humidity in High Performance Homes Low-load homes struggle with summertime humidity more than conventional homes, and the Northeast isn’t getting any less tropical.  Let’s get ready.  We will consider how latent and sensible loads… Full Description

Tedd Benson will give a talk at 12:30:

The Future of Homebuilding Can’t Wait: Making Sustainable, Low Energy Dwellings the Norm It is said that homebuilding can look back at 300 years of history unimpeded by progress. It’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the energy-sucking, defect prone truth is unacceptable.

Events at 2:00 include the following:

Inside and Out: Integrated Building Facade and HVAC Design This session provides an overview of the interactions between the building façade and HVAC systems. By distilling this subject into macro and micro level themes, we hope to broaden the… Full Description

Inspiring Change: Campus Mission and the Living Building Challenge The RW Kern Center is designed to embody Hampshire College’s mission of fostering positive change in the world—and to meet the Living Building Challenge.

Tiny Bubbles: The Deal With Spray Foam “Is Foam Evil?”—that’s how this session was originally titled. Saner heads prevailed: foam is so highly insulating, so airtight, so slick on the jobsite, how could we ask such a question? Wait—it’… Full Description

Lessons from Scandinavia (Part 2) Paul, Chris, Andy, Tom and Heather went to Scandinavia to learn about what the Swedes and Danes are doing about climate change.

LEDing the Lighting Revolution Part 2: Advanced Strategies both Efficient and Smart What is the ultimate in LED lighting today? Our speakers are now combining the best fixtures with the smartest controls to drive total energy savings to 80-90% or more, indoors and outdoors… Full Description

Reinventing the Water Grid Part II: Nutrient Recycling and Other Opportunities for Fun & Profit Session two will dig deeper into two solutions – both fresher paths forward than the expensive model of centralized-systems solutions.

Multifamily Ventilation 302 Central ventilation systems in multifamily buildings are a vital building system that often compromises overall building performance (ie they don’t perform to code almost 100% of the time).

Minisplit Heat Pumps: Lessons from the Field Minisplit heat pumps are now used in most high performance homes in New England. Kohta monitored eight homes built by Transformations and Marc has over sixty homes and non-residential buildings… Full Description

And wrapping up the day:

Closing Forum: 100 Years of Experience The closing forum will feature 6 Pecha Kucha 20×20 presentations (20 slides, each for 20 seconds) followed by a discussion moderated by Matt Root.



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