SPI Building the Future Webinar Series

Architecture 2030 and the Net Zero Energy movement have painted a large and overwhelming target for the future – and design and construction professionals are struggling to understand how they can meet the challenge. In this webinar series, we will be connecting you to the people who are in the trenches and learning the lessons that we all need to learn to achieve NZE. For those not aiming at net zero – these lessons still help us reach higher performance on any project!

Coming this fall:
In Depth Case Study #3:
Zero Net Energy Pilot Study at Bridgewater State University: An Energy Responsible Living Experience

Residence halls are a living laboratory where students can learn and experience a lifestyle that embodies sustainable practices.  The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) and Bridgewater State University initiated a zero net energy building pilot study to research strategies that will advance the planning and design of this and future residence halls.  This study translated into the exploration and implementation of major energy reduction ideas for Weygand Hall through design and operations.  In the process, it engaged students and transformed campus policy.  Join our discussion to hear about our process for shaping ideas and our lessons learned after one year of operations.

Other Upcoming Events:

Boston Community Events:

EBC Breakfast Program: Legislative Affairs Briefing with Congressman Capuano

September 15, 2014 8:00-9:30 AM

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
1 Financial Center
Boston, MA 02110EBC Breakfast Program: Legislative Affairs Briefing with Congressman Capuano – See more at: Breakfast Program: Legislative Affairs Briefing with Congressman Capuano – See more at: Breakfast Program: Legislative Affairs Briefing with Congressman Capuano – See more at:

National Events:

EcoDistricts Summit
September 24-26
Washington, DC

GreenBuild ’14
October 22-24, 2014
Morial Conventions Center, New Orleans

Greenbuild Special Session Galvanizing Transformation: An Internal Revolution

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ Greenbuild 2014, New Orleans
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The future of our planet and the future of our profession depend on our ability to thrive in systems, to co-create in collaboration and to achieve levels of synergy that transform our impact. The 2030 Challenge, Living Buildings, Net Zero and LEED all define building performance targets for the industry.  Yet, a critical gap remains between rising performance goals and the organizational capability to consistently achieve them.

As of 2012, over 500 leading green design andconstructionfirms reported ever-increasing numbers of LEED Certified projects. These same firms also reported that, despite this, the majority of their project portfolio was not green. AIA 2030 data shows that 57% of gsf reported uses energy modeling, meaning 43% does not, therefore most teams don’t have any idea what the anticipated energy use might be Firms also report that LEED certified projects, which tend to have more commitment and higher levels of integration, have 24% lower pEUI than non-LEED projects yet, LEED still represents a small percentage of a firm’s portfolio. What opportunities are we missing? How much better could we be doing if we applied fundamental principles of sustainability consistently?

In order to meet that challenge, we need to move beyond the individual target, the individual project and the individual superstar designer or green team. We need to undergo a paradigm shift in our company culture, relationships, systems and processes at an organizational level. We must move beyond “random acts of sustainability” to holistic, comprehensive initiatives that transform our internal daily operations, project delivery and external collaborations. We need to become a global community of sustainability practitioners that apply these principles all the time and just not on-demand.

How can green champions within a company advocate effectively and “lead from the middle” to gain the buy-in necessary to get leadership commitment? If management thinks your company is “good enough”, how can you assess what’s missing? What strategies are successful in affecting culture change, especially within a large organization? How can best practices in green design or construction be institutionalized and delivered consistently? What’s important to measure and how? Is it possible to achieve performance targets laid out in the 2030 challenge?

This interactive workshop leads participants through a series of exercises, each of which is followed by brief content debrief/presentation including case studies and closing with discussion. Ultimately, the participants experience a microcosm of a sustainability strategic planning process from doing an initial self-assessment of their company’s current capabilities to struggling with “SMART” goal setting and strategic implementation planning. The principles of change management are woven throughout the session.

In-between the exercises, speakers representing architecture, engineering and construction disciplines will present case studies, frameworks, best practices, lessons learned and the results of an industry-wide survey of over 2000 respondents from architecture, engineering and construction firms around the US. The information presented reveals disturbing trends and identifies critical areas to address in professional practice. The culmination of the content, which is synthesized at the conclusion of the workshop, provides the participants with a new structure and approach and an actionable roadmap that they can execute immediately, as well as a set of metrics that they can track to pursue continuous improvement.


  • Barbra Batshalom
  • Lynn Simon, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Rand Ekman, Cannon
  • Steve Gabbert, Snyder Langston

You will learn how to:

  • Connect sustainability concepts to measurable to business objectives
  • Use industry metrics to evaluate your company’s true (current) capability
  • Understand and identify where your company’s ‘gaps’ are
  • Formulate goals and strategies to achieve excellence & improve performance
  • Begin to lay the basis of a workplan and approach to address issues, systems, process gaps
  • Improve effectiveness to increase buy-in within your company

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Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Check out NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series on-line classes, including one by our own Barbra Batshalom on Institutionalizing Sustainability.

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