Sep
5
5:00 PM17:00

High Performance Buildings Workshop Series with Peter Yost

Registration coming soon.

Workshop 1: How (Older) Buildings Work
September 5th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
High performance new building design, spec, and construction is a piece of cake compared to moving existing buildings into high performance. Before you can CHANGE the way an existing building works, you need to ESTABLISH how it currently works and then be intentional about protecting the building performance that has worked while not loading the retrofit with unintended consequences.
A big part of this session will be: what are the tools we can use to assess building performance of existing buildings?

Workshop 2: How (Older) Buildings Don’t Work
October 3rd | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
One way to learn how to move existing buildings to high performance is to analyze retrofit projects that have not gone according to plan.
This session will be a series of building science puzzles from building investigations, peeling back the lessons learned. Come ready to put the puzzle pieces together for: problem solved.

Workshop 3: What Role Do Existing Buildings Play in Net Zero Carbon?
November 14th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Every time we think we have the definition of “net zero buildings” nailed down, the boundary conditions, the definition, or the elements of net zero change; more exactingly, how they expand.
This session will cover the science, the building code, and the business of Net Zero Energy, including embodied carbon. This new frontier is challenging, but filled with opportunities.

About the Speaker
Peter Yost is the person you turn to if you want to truly understand how buildings work: their design, specification, construction, performance assessment. His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, moisture management, and building durability. Peter has provided this building-science expertise to leading building industry high performance efforts, including USGBC’s LEED for Homes and REGREEN, EPA’s WaterSense, DOE’s Building America, and IWBI’s WELL programs. He is also a Lecturer for Yale’s graduate program in Forestry & Environmental Studies, Technical Director for the web-based GreenBuildingAdvisor, and an Adjunct Faculty with the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Construction and Technology program.

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Jul
11
5:00 PM17:00

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success - Workshop 3: Roof Assemblies

Through innovations in design and construction, we can create high-performing buildings using better materials that result in low-energy and low-carbon buildings. In this workshop series, architect Steve Baczek will present on various innovations he’s used in assemblies for high performance buildings and then we will examine the energy use and embodied carbon of the materials used and compare them to a more traditional building, demonstrating the effectiveness of these assemblies for creating low-carbon buildings.

Participants will learn how these assemblies are designed and constructed, what the benefits and challenges to them are, and how to consider the embodied energy of the materials being used in construction.

A small amount of single-sessions spots are available here while they last.

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success
Workshop 3: Roof Assemblies
July 11th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

About the Speaker
Steve Baczek is a registered architect with over 20 years of construction industry experience and has worked on numerous innovative high-performance and Passive House projects throughout New England. He regularly speaks and writes on high-performance building strategies and has been a contributor to Green Building AdvisorFine Homebuilding, and the Journal of Light Construction.

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Jun
27
4:00 PM16:00

Building Science for Carpenters

Join other carpenters, builders, and construction professionals for an evening of networking, presentations, and discussion on building science and construction techniques for high-performance building. Each month, we will have short presentations from guest speakers around a chosen topic and then open discussion among the group. Drinks and snacks are provided and attendance is open to all. Please note the special location for this month's event below.

June Topic: Hands-On Air Sealing & Large Building Blower Door Test
Featuring: Nick Abreu & Peter Virchick of CLEAResult
A crack team of blower door experts will demonstrate how to perform a blower door test on a large, leaky building. Discussion will include ganging multiple blower doors together to test larger and leakier buildings, advanced blower door techniques and terminology, using the blower door to do air-sealing triage on buildings where it’s hard to know where to start, and other related topics and questions that participants bring to the conversation.

Venue: Lutheran Church of the Newtons, 1310 Centre St, Newton MA 02459
(no church parking; park in any nearby Newton Centre municipal lot or on a nearby street)

RSVP here.

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Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

FREE WEBINAR: Introduction to Passive House for New England Multifamily Buildings

This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of Passive House principles and how they relate to multifamily buildings. This presentation is designed for all members of the project team - general contractor, tradespeople and design team. We will review what's required for Passive House certification, characteristics of Passive House projects, recent multifamily examples from New England, and lessons learned from other project teams. This webinar is eligible for 1 hr of continuing education credit through Passive House Massachusetts. Participants must complete a 10 question quiz at the end of the presentation to receive a certificate of completion.

To register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8408980665996161292

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Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success Workshop 2: Walls and Framing

Through innovations in design and construction, we can create high-performing buildings using better materials that result in low-energy and low-carbon buildings. In this workshop series, architect Steve Baczek will present on various innovations he’s used in assemblies for high performance buildings and then we will examine the energy use and embodied carbon of the materials used and compare them to a more traditional building, demonstrating the effectiveness of these assemblies for creating low-carbon buildings.

Participants will learn how these assemblies are designed and constructed, what the benefits and challenges to them are, and how to consider the embodied energy of the materials being used in construction.

All sessions are currently full. Please email StudioHPDC@gmail.com for waitlist info.

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success
Workshop 1:  Basement Slabs & Foundations
May 16th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm  

High Performance Building Assemblies:  Positioning for Success
Workshop  2: Above Grade Walls, Framing Cavities and Rainscreens

June 13th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm  

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success
Workshop 3: Roof Assemblies
July 11th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

About the Speaker
Steve Baczek is a registered architect with over 20 years of construction industry experience and has worked on numerous innovative high-performance and Passive House projects throughout New England. He regularly speaks and writes on high-performance building strategies and has been a contributor to Green Building AdvisorFine Homebuilding, and the Journal of Light Construction.

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Jun
11
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Breath Better with the PentaCare from Minotair

oin us for lunch along with a presentation and demonstation of an innovatiove new product from Minotair: an all-in-one compact HVAC solution for Passive Houses, multifamily buildings and anyone who wants improved indoor climates. Capable of Net Zero Positive Ventilation with a record-setting SRE of 116%, the PentaCare V12 Compact Air Treatment Units are in reality 4 machines in 1 (HEPA MERV 15 air filtration device + dehumidifier + ducted air-sourced heat pump + active heat recovery HRV).

This presentation will be made by Alex De Gagné, VP Sales & Marketing and Co-Owner of Minotair Inc. First part of the presentation will be done on the screen and the second part is a live demonstration of a PentaCare V12 unit.

Intended Audience: architects, builders, designers, engineers, energy modelers, Passive House consultants, real estate promoters and other building professionals who want to have a glimpse of the future of HVAC for High Efficiency Buildings.

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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Passive House 101 for Homeowners and Communities

This introductory workshop for homeowners and others with an interest in energy-efficient homes will provide an overview of high-performance buildings, low-carbon materials, the Passive House standard, energy efficient design considerations, costs/savings, health and wellness benefits, and the construction process. Admission is free, though please RSVP through Eventbrite here.

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May
23
4:00 PM16:00

Building Science for Carpenters

Join other carpenters, builders, and construction professionals for an evening of networking, presentations, and discussion on building science and construction techniques for high-performance building. Each month, we will have short presentations from guest speakers around a chosen topic and then open discussion among the group. Drinks and snacks are provided and attendance is open to all.

Building Science for Carpenters is an ongoing series co-sponsored by the Studio for High-Performance Design & Construction (StudioHPDC), the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), and Passive House Massachusetts (PHMA).

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May
16
5:00 PM17:00

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success Workshop 1: Basement Slabs & Foundations

Through innovations in design and construction, we can create high-performing buildings using better materials that result in low-energy and low-carbon buildings. In this workshop series, architect Steve Baczek will present on various innovations he’s used in assemblies for high performance buildings and then we will examine the energy use and embodied carbon of the materials used and compare them to a more traditional building, demonstrating the effectiveness of these assemblies for creating low-carbon buildings.

Participants will learn how these assemblies are designed and constructed, what the benefits and challenges to them are, and how to consider the embodied energy of the materials being used in construction.

Register here for individual sessions or the full series.

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success
Workshop 1:  Basement Slabs & Foundations
May 16th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm  

High Performance Building Assemblies:  Positioning for Success
Workshop  2: Above Grade Walls, Framing Cavities and Rainscreens

June 13th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm  

High Performance Building Assemblies: Positioning for Success
Workshop 3: Roof Assemblies
July 11th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

About the Speaker
Steve Baczek is a registered architect with over 20 years of construction industry experience and has worked on numerous innovative high-performance and Passive House projects throughout New England. He regularly speaks and writes on high-performance building strategies and has been a contributor to Green Building AdvisorFine Homebuilding, and the Journal of Light Construction.

Register here for individual sessions or the full series.

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May
13
to May 14

Flixo Course - Model Thermal Bridges for High Performance Buildings

In this 2-day course, participants will explore thermal bridge modeling using Flixo to be able to understand the impact of design details on the energy performance of High Performance Buildings/ Passive House Buildings. We will first cover the concepts and protocols for thermal bridge modeling. Then, participants will have the opportunity to model several common thermal bridge types using Flixo, with guidance from the instructors. By the end of the course, participants will have completed at least five thermal bridge models. All participants should arrive with the 30-day free Flixo Trial software (version 8) pre-loaded on their computer. Course limited to first 20 registered.

Details and Registration are here.

Intended Audience: Architects, engineers, energy modelers, Passive House consultants, designers and other building professionals who want to build on their skills of thermal bridge modeling.

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Building Science for Carpenters
Mar
28
4:00 PM16:00

Building Science for Carpenters

Join other carpenters, builders, and construction professionals for an evening of networking, presentations, and discussion on building science and construction techniques for high-performance building. Each month, we will have short presentations from guest speakers around a chosen topic and then open discussion among the group. Drinks and snacks are provided and attendance is open to all.

Building Science for Carpenters is an ongoing series co-sponsored by the Studio for High-Performance Design & Construction (StudioHPDC), the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), and Passive House Massachusetts (PHMA).

This event is free and open to the public, though reservation is required.
Register here.

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Low-Carbon Buildings 101
Mar
5
4:00 PM16:00

Low-Carbon Buildings 101

Buildings like our homes, offices, and schools are responsible or over 40% of energy use and carbon emissions. Fortunately, there is an opportunity for change as we renovate and remake our built environment. This session will introduce various design & construction methods for created low-carbon buildings, including Passive House, Living Building, and Net-Zero, as well as strategies for communities to encourage low-carbon development. This course meant for homeowners, town planners, neighborhood councils, school boards, and all interested community members

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Building Science for Carpenters
Feb
28
4:00 PM16:00

Building Science for Carpenters

Join other carpenters, builders, and construction professionals for an evening of networking, presentations, and discussion on building science and construction techniques for high-performance building. Each month, we will have short presentations from guest speakers around a chosen topic and then open discussion among the group. Drinks and snacks are provided and attendance is open to all.

Building Science for Carpenters is an ongoing series co-sponsored by the Studio for High-Performance Design & Construction (StudioHPDC), the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), and Passive House Massachusetts (PHMA).

This event is free and open to the public, though reservation is required.
Register here.

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Building Science for Carpenters
Jan
24
4:00 PM16:00

Building Science for Carpenters

This month, a panel of three seasoned architects specializing in high performance design will discuss what they love most about working with good carpenters — and what they love least. Join us for a lively give-and-take and an opportunity to gain some empathy, learn some useful tips, and benefit from hard-won wisdom about cultivating better project teams.

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Construction Business Basics: Building a Triple Bottom Line Business
Nov
8
1:00 PM13:00

Construction Business Basics: Building a Triple Bottom Line Business

What does it mean to run a sustainable business? Is your company making a profit? Are your employees and clients happy? Do you have a good work/life balance? Is your business doing its part to fight climate change? Are you active in your community? This workshop will cover what it means to have a triple bottom line business, touching on how our businesses can address the 3Ps of People, Profit and Planet.

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