NESEA BE18 – Boston High-Performance Building Show

Spent all day Thursday 3/8 at the NESEA BE18 (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) Building Energy 2018 conference in Boston. Saw some great presentations on roof insulation, energy code compliance, and integrating design/build/development.   Many New England experts in high-performance building attended (and presented) so always a good time to network and get new ideas.  Also had an opportunity to spend a lot of time on the trade show floor, checking out new technology and speaking to representatives of some of the products we’re evaluating for the project, like Mitsubishi (heating & cooling system), Rockwool (insulation, formerly called Roxul), Siga (waterproofing tapes), Zehnder (mechanical ventilation), and Honeywell (air quality monitors).

Craig gave a well-received presentation called “Making the Invisible Visible: A Blueprint for Seeking Real Estate Value for Energy Efficiency”, and we got our first opportunity to unveil our newly-built wall mockups in public.  They help illustrate how many of the benefits of a high-performance house are not obvious to the observer but make a significant impact to the long-term efficiency and comfort of the home. The mockups were a big hit and we’ll be using them in future events.

The mineral wool insulation formerly known as “Roxul”. Fire-proof (melts at 2150F!), insect-proof, mold and rot-proof, a great material we’re considering for parts of our exterior envelope.
Craig and his successful presentation!
Walter posing with the wall mockups Essex Restoration designed and built.