BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 10

FROM THE BOARD CHAIR

SEEING THE FUTURE OF
NESEA

BY PHIL KAPLAN

funny thing happened to me in New York
this October. 
Yes, I ate some amazing food, drank
even better cocktails and saw some of
the best new buildings in the world.
But a real eye-opener for me came while attending
the BuildingEnergy NYC Conference. As a 10+ year
BuildingEnergy Boston attendee, I'm pretty tuned
into the vibe - it's part of what keeps me coming
back. The best sessions, speakers, trade show floor
and shared history, plus camaraderie with likeminded colleagues make it a never-miss event.
So what is it about the BuildingEnergy NYC
conference, now in its sixth year, that has vaulted
it into a resoundingly successful event? I'm not
sure it's any single thing, but it definitely looks and
feels like the future of NESEA to me.
For one, it's a single day. People are there to
do business. There are plenty of interesting side
conversations, but the intensity of attendees
purely seeking knowledge is palpable. The
questions are pointed and freely flowing. Compared
to our Boston conference, there are a lot more
suits and ties, and economics sits alongside
sustainability in just about every conversation.
The financial benefits of high-performance
construction are a current reality in the Big Apple,
not just a pipe dream, and many people who work
in this much larger-scale city have caught on. There
is an urgency to gaining the right information and
applying it to projects in development; there's a lot
at stake. People with the information get the edge.
And the scale of the work allows our industry to
make a bigger impact in a shorter timeframe. This
is in complete alignment with the mission of our
organization and it's extremely energizing.
As current Board Chair, I've had a front row
seat to the formation and implementation of
the new Strategic Plan. A high priority goal

of the plan is to continue to deepen NESEA's
programmatic focus to include more Commercial
and Institutional content. Not only is it the focus
of the BuildingEnergy NYC Conference, but it's also
the central theme of this issue of BuildingEnergy
magazine. To me, it's a critical evolution of the
organization, particularly for long time practitioner
attendees. In the words of my friend (and
fellow BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines member),
Placetailor's Declan Keefe, "There are only so many
sessions on heat pumps in single family homes that
one can attend." Yes, Declan, I did just give one of
those heat pump presentations a few weeks ago,
and no, I didn't get yawned off the podium - but I
do get your point loud and clear.
The industry still has a long way to go before our
job of disseminating the most current information
on sustainability and the built environment to
the general public is done, but the time has come
for a shift in scale, scope and urgency. It's time
to continue expanding the conversation, even for
those in the single-family construction industry,
since it's in the breadth of impact where our shared
values and goals ultimately lie.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phil Kaplan's firm, Kaplan Thompson
Architects, has received numerous accolades
in the world of design and high-performance
building. The firm's motto, "Beautiful
Sustainable Attainable," reflects a
commitment to creating vibrant, healthy
and durable buildings for all. Phil's other
venture, BrightBuilt Home, aims to provide
more affordable, modular net-zero homes
throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Phil's 'edutainment' podcast, Green Architects'
Lounge, is a topical blog on the popular website,
BUSINESS MEMBER
Green Building Advisor.

The industry still has a long way to go before our
job of disseminating the most current information
on sustainability and the built environment to the
general public is done, but the time has come for
a shift in scale, scope and urgency.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018

From the Executive Director
From the Board Chair
Product Choices for High-Performing Building: Materials Matter
Designing Solar for High-Density Areas
High Performance Building Valuation Techniques
Starting with the End in Mind: Enhanced Turnover for Efficient Building Operations
Behavior Based Strategies and Organizational Change in Commercial & Public Buildings: The Human Component of Energy Efficiency
Commercial HVAC Retrofits That Work
Stretch Codes Emerge as a High Impact Strategy For Energy Savings
Scale it Up: Monitoring-Based Demand-Side Operations for NYC Agencies
The Retrofit Revolution
Index to Advertisers
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - intro
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - cover1
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - cover2
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 3
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 4
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 5
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - From the Executive Director
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 7
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 8
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 9
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - From the Board Chair
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 11
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Product Choices for High-Performing Building: Materials Matter
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 13
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 14
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 15
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 16
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 17
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Designing Solar for High-Density Areas
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 19
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 20
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 21
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - High Performance Building Valuation Techniques
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 23
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 24
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 25
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Starting with the End in Mind: Enhanced Turnover for Efficient Building Operations
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 27
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 28
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 29
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 30
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Behavior Based Strategies and Organizational Change in Commercial & Public Buildings: The Human Component of Energy Efficiency
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 32
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 33
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 34
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 35
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Commercial HVAC Retrofits That Work
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 37
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 38
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 39
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 40
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Stretch Codes Emerge as a High Impact Strategy For Energy Savings
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 42
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 43
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 44
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Scale it Up: Monitoring-Based Demand-Side Operations for NYC Agencies
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 46
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 47
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 48
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 49
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 50
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - The Retrofit Revolution
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 58
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 59
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 61
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 62
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - cover3
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - cover4
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