Issue Brief: NESEA BuildingEnergy Boston

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) was pleased to participate in last month’s BuildingEnergy Boston Conference and Trade Show, organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).

BuildingEnergy Boston is the region’s leading event for professionals and practitioners in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. More than 1,000 industry professionals and emerging leaders attend the event each year to share ideas and experiences while learning more about the latest developments in the sustainable energy sector.

Fraunhofer CSE’s Director of Building Energy Systems Dr. Kurt Roth served on the Content Committee and chaired three sessions at this year’s BuildingEnergy Boston conference:

  • Energy Storage: The Next Frontier: With energy storage playing a significant role in addressing the variability in renewable sources of energy generation, this session provided an introduction to battery technologies, their applications, pros and cons, and highlighted the many ways energy storage is being applied across the spectrum. Even though this session took place at the tail-end of a Nor’easter, it was standing-room only, reflecting practitioners’ strong interest in storage. Featured Kavita Ravi (Director of Emerging Markets of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center), and Steven Strong (President of Solar Design Associates, LLC).
  • Retrocommissioning with the Chiefs: Training Operators to Sustain the Process: Retrocommissioning, the practice of analyzing a building’s current performance and implementing ways to reduce operating costs while maximizing the functionality of building systems, is a complicated and thorough process. This session provided an overview of the process and guidance to commissioning agents and building operations teams on how to collaborate in the shared goal of energy savings. Featured Saverio Grosso, Vice President of Engineering Solutions Edison Energy.
  • Utility Benchmarking 101: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Benefit You: Directed at property managers who seek to impact the immediate and long-term value of their properties, this session provided an overview of how utility benchmarking works and insights as to why it matters. Featured Tabetha McCartney (Director of Asset Management and Sustainability of the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly), David Ruggiero (Technical Specialist of ICF), and Dan Teague (Chief Strategy Officer of WegoWise, Inc.; WegoWise is a former TechBridge Challenge winner).
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