Make it Tight: Building Enclosure Airtightness Training – Newton, MA – April 11th, 2017
Apr
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Make it Tight: Building Enclosure Airtightness Training – Newton, MA – April 11th, 2017

Join 475 in this seminar on the importance of building enclosure airtightness and how to achieve it.

In this four hour comprehensive introduction to building airtightness and air sealing, attendees will gain detailed knowledge about:

  1. Why an air barrier is critical to high-performance construction – with an in-depth discussion of the supporting building science.  From energy efficiency to health to prevention of moisture damage, the essential importance of airtightness is one of the best kept secrets in construction today and this session will unravel the myths and provide clear explanations.
  2. What is an air barrier and what are air barrier standards today – including a comprehensive look at the materials and components used in making air barriers.  From sheathing, to membranes, caulking, tapes and gaskets, there is a growing array of products to choose from and we’ll discuss them all and how they can help hit the airtightness numbers you need and keep it that way.
  3. How to design an air barrier – uncovering the complete process and critical decisions needed to optimize chances for success.  Should the air barrier be outboard or inboard; how are the walls connected to the roof; what design decisions will make airtightness easier to achieve or harder.  How do the materials and components go together and how to describe it in a way that helps the contractor make the airtight system a reality on site.
  4. How to construct and test an air barrier – describing implementation of design with real world examples of both new build and retrofit construction.   We’ll see what is working well and what is not for different construction types.   Then look at the tools and methods for testing airtightness and delivering quality assurance.

The course is approved for professional continuing education credits: 4 AIA  LU-HSW credits | MA CSL (2 hr Code Review + 2 hr Energy) | 2 BPI CEU

Purchase tickets soon – space is limited!

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Learn How to Recycle A House
Apr
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Learn How to Recycle A House

  • 115 Concord Road Wayland, MA, 01778 United States (map)
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Deconstruction is the careful dismantlement of a house or building in order to recover valuable building materials. When taking your time to break down an existing building, the majority of the material can be reused instead of having it all demolished. When you demolish an existing building, all of the material goes into landfills when instead you could be saving 70%-90%. Wood, gypsum, doors, windows, flooring, ceiling tiles, cabinets, light and plumbing fixtures and roofing are examples of salvaged materials that can be recycled, used for a new building project, or even donated. 

Come check out a house being deconstructed while learning about the process! 

 Auburndale Builders prior home deconstruction-“The job took four weeks to break the building down to the foundation. All told, 83% of the structure was saved for reuse or recycling.” 

Presentation by Dave Giese at Piece by Piece Deconstruction 

 For more information contact: Brittany Rooney – Brittany@auburndalebuilders.com or (617) 467-4171 

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Building Sciences Workshop - Session 2
Mar
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building Sciences Workshop - Session 2

Join Historic Newton at this two-part workshop, “How (Older) Houses Work” led by industry expert Peter Yost of BuildingGreen, Inc. Yost, who has been building, researching, teaching, and consulting on high performance homes for nearly 30 years, will be joined by historic preservation enthusiasts and older-home owners to explore the joys and challenges of preservation. 

● Session 2 gives participants the opportunity to bring in their own building science puzzles and questions. Yost will provide an overview of tools and techniques used to diagnose building issues and create energy efficiency. 

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Building Sciences Workshop - Session 1
Mar
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building Sciences Workshop - Session 1

Join Historic Newton at this two-part workshop, “How (Older) Houses Work” led by industry expert Peter Yost of BuildingGreen, Inc. Yost, who has been building, researching, teaching, and consulting on high performance homes for nearly 30 years, will be joined by historic preservation enthusiasts and older-home owners to explore the joys and challenges of preservation.

● Session 1 looks at common building problems, such as how heat and moisture interact. Yost will present building science “puzzles” and ask participants to work together to determine the cause of the problem. 

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Passive House Party! by Passive House Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts & passivhausMAINE
Mar
7
6:45pm 6:45pm

Passive House Party! by Passive House Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts & passivhausMAINE

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Join us for dinner and the book release party for Passive Houses of New England (title to be confirmed.) 

The Passive House groups from Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts collaborated to publish this collection of high performance projects from our region. 

Guests can enjoy a tasty taco buffet and cash bar at Rosa Mexicano, across the street from the Seaport World Trade Center, following the NESEA BE Welcome Reception.

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NESEA BuildingEnergy Conference
Mar
7
to Mar 9

NESEA BuildingEnergy Conference

  • Seaport World Trade Center (map)
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The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade show is the region's leading event for professionals and practitioners working to build a more sustainable world. It brings over 2,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals together for three days to learn from and share ideas with each other. Learn more

Register for BuildingEnergy Boston >>

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Tour a Newton Net Zero Energy Home Under Construction
Jan
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Tour a Newton Net Zero Energy Home Under Construction

Go behind the scenes to learn about the design and construction of a green home that will produce as much energy annually as it consumes. The architect, ZeroEnergy Design, and the contractor, Auburndale Builders, will explain how the project achieves exceptional energy performance, healthy indoor air quality, superior thermal comfort, and long term durability.

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