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NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15: Howard J. Brown

Dematerialization Applied

Howard J. Brown

Thursday, March 05, 2015
8:30 am to 10:00 am
Multi-Sector

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. Many of the technologies discussed in the March 2014 session are now being put into actual application while more new technologies are entering the pipeline at a rapid rate. Driven by energy and environmental concerns, some projects are now quantifying the material savings and embodied carbon reduction resulting from lightweighting strategies. The speakers will describe the progress of dematerialization and its real impact on design, engineering, and construction. This will include case studies of technologies that have gained market acceptance and projects that have actively embraced them. Attendees will be encouraged to engage in an interactive discussion of techniques for incorporating resource-efficient products to improve building performance, durability, and resilience.

Learn more at: http://www.dmass.net

 

January 28 Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Obama administration released a draft five-year plan for oil and gas lease sales that would open areas of the Atlantic Ocean and offshore Alaska to drilling. The draft plan includes 14 potential lease sales in eight planning areas, ten in the Gulf of Mexico, three off Alaskan coasts, and one off Virginia through South Carolina. [Huffington Post]
  • Global nuclear power capacity increased slightly in 2014. Five new reactors (4.76 gigawatts) began supplying electricity and three were permanently shut down. Nuclear generating capacity increased by 2.4 GW, compared to 26 GW for windpower. Thus a long-standing pattern of stagnation continues. [Business Spectator]
  • The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change, but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the natural world, and agriculture, and continuation of poverty for many, UK Government analysis has found. [Greenwise Business]
  • The Vermont Public Service Department has awarded two Vermont-based companies, Casella Resource Solutions, Rutland, and Grow Compost, Waterbury, with Clean Energy Development Fund grants to build and operate pilot projects to demonstrate the feasibility of anaerobic digestion of food scraps. [Renewable Energy from Waste]
  • US tight oil production from shale plays will fall faster than most assume. High decline rates from shale reservoirs is one reason. But also, every rig used in pad drilling has approximately three times the impact on the daily production rate as a rig did before pad drilling. Well productivity has decreased by about a third. [Resilience]

For more news, please visit geoharvey - Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15:

Chris Benedict

Chris Benedict

Chris Benedict, Paul Eldrenkamp, Thomas Hartman, Heather Nolen, Andy Shapiro

Paul Eldrenkamp

Paul Eldrenkamp

Lessons from Scandinavia (Part 1)

Thursday, March 05, 2015
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Multi-Sector

Paul, Chris, Andy, Tom and Heather went to Scandinavia to learn about what the Swedes and Danes are doing about climate change.

Thomas Hartman

Thomas Hartman

In two sessions, we’ll present what we learned in visiting buildings, building professionals, city officials, and researchers in these two countries, and how it may or may not relate to our efforts here at home.

Lessons from Scandinavia (Part 2)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Heather Nolen

Heather Nolen

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Multi-Sector

Paul, Chris, Andy, Tom and Heather went to Scandinavia to learn about what the Swedes and Danes are doing about climate change.

In two sessions, we’ll present what we learned in visiting buildings, building professionals, city officials, and researchers in these two countries, and how it may or may not relate to our efforts here at home.

Andy Shapiro

Andy Shapiro

 

To learn more about NESEA’s BuildingEnergy 15 conference and see more speakers and programs, follow THIS LINK.

January 27 Energy News

Headline News:

  • A new study has found that wave energy production, once the infrastructure is in place, would be a reliable, steady, and dependable source of electricity—even cheaper than wind power. Along the US coastline, it could make 1,170 TWh per year. That is enough to supply half the United States’ annual electricity demand. [TakePart]
  • Global warming may boost the frequency of extreme and devastating La Niña events, a study released suggests. It says that as the climate warms, extreme La Niña events will occur almost twice as often as they do now, causing heavy flooding in some places, droughts in others, and increasingly intense storms. [NBCNews.com]
  • The largest concentrated solar power project in the Middle East, Shams 1, has performed better than expected, the Shams Power Company has reported. The company had expected to generate about 193,000 MWh electricity in 2014 but managed to generate just under 215,000 MWh, 12% over expected generation.  [CleanTechnica]
  • The underlying theme of the agreements the US made with China and India, and the position taken by the leaders of the world’s three most influential national economies, is that coal no longer rules. The “all of the above” credo that once dominated their thinking on energy is morphing into “anything but coal.” [RenewEconomy]
  • The UK Government has been forced to perform a U-turn and concede to a number of Opposition amendments to squeeze through legislation that will allow shale gas development to go ahead. Ministers had to accept the 13 conditions laid out by Labour watering down fracking laws to pass them through Parliament. [Click Green]

For more news, please visit geoharvey - Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15: Paul Francisco

Paul Francisco

Is it All Hot Air: Ventilating Homes, Why? How Much? and How?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Single Family

Why do we need to ventilate homes? How much air do we need to do it? Once we’ve figured that out, what systems should we install? These are big questions, but this session will hopefully provide useful answers. We’ll begin with a discussion of health impacts of ventilation and different ventilation rates. The latter part will explore various ventilation systems: pros and cons, costs and benefits, and tips for installing the best systems for your project.

To learn more about NESEA’s BuildingEnergy 15 conference and see more speakers and programs, follow THIS LINK.

Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Meeting

Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department today announced that the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Wednesday January 28, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the Autumn Room at the Quality Inn and Conference Center, 1380 Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The agenda for the January 28 meeting includes a presentation on the PSDAR process from Bruce Watson of the NRC, as well as an update on the current status of Vermont Yankee from Entergy.  The agenda can be viewed online at the following link: publicservice.vermont.gov/sites/psd/files/VY%20NDCAP%20Agenda%201-28-15%20Final.pdf

All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public.

Special weather notice: In the event a decision is made to cancel the meeting due to inclement weather, the Department will post an announcement on its website: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/announcements

NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15: Andy Shapiro

Making the Financial Case for Net Zero Buildings

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Multi-Sector

The presentation illustrates the financial prudence of net zero buildings today. From the outset of design through construction and operation, Maclay Architects and Energy Balance utilize comparative energy modeling and cost estimating to determine financial benefits of net zero buildings compared to code compliant or intermediate building solutions. This detailed analysis demonstrates how fossil fuel powered buildings no longer make economic sense. Case studies illustrate the detailed and interwoven financial/energy analysis process used to convince building owners to pursue aggressive energy conservation. These include a net zero feasibility study for a mixed use office/manufacturing/residential project at NRG, a 65,000 sf office renovation and a 15,000 sf new dining hall. This presentation provides a clear financial analysis process, metrics, and templates to guide net zero projects from initiation to completion/operation. Builders, developers, owners, investors and designers will gain the understanding necessary to successfully make the financial case for net zero buildings.

Tuesday Workshop – Pushing the Envelope and Air Barrier for Commercial and Institutional Cold Climate Buildings and Lessons Learned

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
BuildingEnergy 15 Workshops

This workshop will investigate the design process for analyzing and constructing a building envelope to meet aggressive air-sealing goals for new and renovated commercial and institutional projects in cold climates. Example details from four case study buildings will be shared with a central focus on decisions, changes, best practice guidelines, thermal analysis, lessons learned and specific challenges encountered during the construction process. The final details that evolved from focused scrutiny and close collaboration between the design and construction team will be presented for two new construction projects, the Middlebury South Village Professional Office building and The Putney School Field House (net zero), as well as two renovation projects, the George D. Aiken Center at UVM and the Bennington Superior Courthouse and State Office Building (net zero ready). All of these Vermont buildings achieved exemplary levels of low air-infiltration, with one achieving a rate of 0.06 CFM50/sq. ft of exterior surface area.

To learn more about NESEA’s BuildingEnergy 15 conference and see more speakers and programs, follow THIS LINK.

January 26 Green Energy News

Weather Warning:

Northeast residents are girding for a “crippling and potentially historic” storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow or more. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, for Monday and Tuesday. [WXXI News]

Headline News:

  • The Indian government is looking to set a target of 100 GW under its national wind energy mission. While the mission is being mulled for almost a year it could be launched within months, if not weeks. The plan is to add 10 GW per year of windpower for seven years, adding to the country’s current capacity of 22.5 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Bangladeshi government aims to provide electricity to all of the country’s households by 2021. It plans to generate 220 megawatts of electricity for around 6 million households by 2017 through the solar home system programme. Each solar home system will have a solar panel on the roof. [eco-business.com]
  • The world’s largest oil exporter has chosen not to cut production, counting instead on lower prices to stimulate consumption, because consumption is declining, according to a former adviser to Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister. The Saudis are watching investments in fuel efficiency and renewable energy. [Malay Mail Online]
  • North Carolina is forging ahead with plans to hop on the East Coast offshore wind energy bandwagon. It is not that the state’s lawmakers have any choice in the matter. The Interior Department is leasing large swaths of federal waters for offshore wind development, and North Carolina just happens to be included. [CleanTechnica]
  • Gas and electricity prices spiked last winter in New England. So far, this winter is different. In December, wholesale electricity and natural gas prices were down 55% and 64% from last year, respectively. January saw some price increases on cold days, but much less than last year. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

For more news, please visit geoharvey - Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair, Feb 7th

seed celebration

Schedule of Events

9:00
Event Opens
9:20-9:40 
Welcome – Kevin Irby
10:00-10:20 
Getting Started with Seed Saving – Carl Majewski
10:00-11:00 
Tree Pruning Workshop – Johnny Bolster & Jenny Wright
10:40-11:00 
Promoting Native Bee Habitat – Lionell Chute
11:20-11:40 
The New “Green” Focus on Stormwater – Jan Lambert & Karl Thidemann
12:00-12:10 
Mindful Eating and Meal Blessing – Michael Ciborski
12:15-12:45 
The Solar Sisters
1:00-1:20 
Designing the Self: Social Permaculture – Valerie Piedmont
1:00-3:00 
Winter Tree ID – Lionelle Chute
1:40-2:00 
Compassionate Conversations: A Different Way to Dialogue – Barbara Woods
2:20-2:40 
NED Pipeline – Cheap, Clean Energy or Pipe Dream? – Pat Martin, Jim Rodger & Jeannie Sable
3:00-3:20 
Getting Grounded with Dave – Dave Wichland
3:20-3:40 
Last Call for Raffle, Closing – Andy Pennoni
3:40-4:00 
Raffle Drawing
4:00 
Clean-up Begins!
All Day
~ Exhibits & Displays, Seed Sales, Raffle, and Children’s Activities
Lunch Time Café
~ This year our cafe will be featuring soups, stews and baked goods from local restaurants and kitchens, as well as Orchard Hill Breads. Baked goods and beverages will be available all day. Soups and breads will be served 11-3.
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