The BE+ Exchange

At Built Environment Plus, we strive to bring sustainable educational and community opportunities to the Massachusetts building science, design, architectural, and engineering communities. The BE+ Exchange is our latest endeavor supporting our mission.

The Exchange seeks to continue the conversations that began at our Building Tech Forum series. Here, you will find recordings of past and upcoming Tech Forum presentations, as well as speaker contact information. You’ll have the opportunity to reach out to speakers about the important work they’re doing, as well as keep the conversation going long after each Building Tech Forum session is finished. Over time, we envision the BE+ Exchange becoming a vast resource and community space for those in our community who are interested in the innovations changing the way we design, build, and maintain our buildings.

Interested in participating in future Building Tech Forums or sponsoring a Tech Forum? Reach out to [email protected].



Governor Baker has increased the Commonwealth’s commitment to carbon neutral by 2050. In order to achieve this, Massachusetts is developing a roadmap to reduce emissions by 80% 100%. At the same time, the BBRS is drafting a Net Zero Stretch Code. The City of Boston is developing performance standards for existing residential and commercial buildings, Brookline residents voted in favor of a natural gas ban, and the City of Somerville just passed carbon neutral zoning. The landscape is changing quickly, the Building Tech Forum will provide the context for how we get there. 

How we manage and consume energy, design and build our cities, and understand our carbon footprint will change over the next thirty years.

Kimberly Cullinane
Zero Net Energy in K-12 School Construction:  You Can Do It!

Kimberly Cullinae from Eversource reviews zero net energy construction in K-12 schools.

Randy Butler
IoT (Internet of Things) and Building Technology

Randy Butler from Superior Essex discusses smart buildings and why they are safer, more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable.

Beverly Craig
Triple Decker Design Challenge

Beverly Craig explains MassCEC’s Triple Decker Design Challenge, a call for scalable models for decarbonizing triple decker buildings in Boston.

Brent Ehrlich
Products for a Changing Environment

Brent Ehrlich from BuildingGreen introduces five building products to reduce carbon and other environmental impacts.

Anurag Goel
COVID-19 and Beyond: Energy Efficient Building Design and Operation for Mitigating Risk of Infection

Anurag Goel from enVerid Systems discusses how HVAC systems can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Jacqueline Goyul
“Clean Energy Lives Here” Campaign

Jacqueline Guyol introduces the Clean Energy Lives Here campaign targeted at raising awareness around building electrification.

Joelle Jahn
Zero Carbon Building Assessment: Designing for Carbon Neutrality in Boston

Joelle Jahn from WSP addresses the process for establishing zero carbon design by using the zero carbon building assessment.

Jacob Knowles
Carbon Neutral + Cashflow Positive

Jacob Knowles from BR+A introduces ways of achieving carbon neutrality and cash flow positive designs.

Paul Marquez
XLERATOR® Hand Dryers: Helping Commercial Facilities Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Net Zero

Paul Marquez reviews the perks of the Excel hand dryer from the perspectives of sustainability, hygiene, and cost.

Elizabeth Minnis
DCAMM Climate Action and What We Need From YOU

Elizabeth Minnis from DCAMM discusses four components needed to reach net zero in Massachusetts: expanding knowledge, budgeting carbon, thinking to the future, and accelerating progress.

Chris Schaffner
Three Trends Changing the Way We Build

Chris Schaffner from The Green Engineer, Inc. discusses technology that can be replaced to establish cleaner buildings.

Dan Smith
Heat Pump Performance and Electrifying Efficiently

Dan Smith from Daikin North America discusses air source heat pumps and introduces ways to apply them in a financially and environmentally responsible way.

Ted Touloukian
Embodied Carbon & Existing Buildings: SGI-USA New England Buddhist Center

Ted Touloukian from Touloukian Touloukian Inc. introduces their SGI-USA New England Buddhist Center in Brookline, MA.

Tamar Warburg
Edge Assembly Square:  Solar Mapping and Facade Design

Tamar Warburg from Sasaki introduces the design process behind the new and first US Edge building.


The Materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN) states that “embodied carbon will be responsible for almost half of total new construction emissions between now and 2050. Unlike operational carbon emissions, which can be reduced over time with building energy efficiency renovations and the use of renewable energy, embodied carbon emissions are locked in place as soon as a building is built. It is critical that we get a handle on embodied carbon now if we hope to phase out fossil fuel emissions by the year 2050.” Handling embodied carbon then is an important objective for innovative sustainable design – this Building Tech Forum will tackle exactly this issue. More pages coming soon!

Lisa Conway | Interface
Love Carbon

Interface shows how their latest product is removing more greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere than were released during their raw material extraction and manufacture.

Annie Bevan | Superior Essex
Embodied Carbon Reduction in Products Behind the Walls
Morana Medved | Artik Art + Architecture/San Jose State University
Interior Design Education: Carbon as a Design Criterion
Expanding on educational offerings related to material selection for professionals, clients, and students to create a common knowledge base is key to embodied carbon reduction.
Nic Kaspereen | HPS
Interior Design Education: Carbon as a Design Criterion

Expanding on educational offerings related to material selection for professionals, clients, and students to create a common knowledge base is key to embodied carbon reduction.

Mark Englert | USG
Discover the Next Big Thing in Wallboard

USG’s latest product offers the same properties as traditional panels, but has significantly reduced weight and reduction in environmental impact.

Ryan Spies | Saint-Gobain
Steering a 350-Year-Old Ship
Addressing Embodied Carbon starts with how manufacturers can improve their operational efficiency. Saint-Gobain has embraced 3 unique levers that any manufacturer can follow.
Stacy Smedley | Building Transparency
Creating an Ecosystem for Embodied Carbon Accountability
In order for a community to thrive, a complex network of interconnected systems must be there to support it. Building Transparency’s EC3 tool is an example of a technology built to support and inform a thriving ecosystem.
Stephanie Carlisle | Carbon Leadership Forum
Decarbonization through collective action

Radical decarbonization is going to take more than just new products, tools, and data.

Jimmy Mitchell | Skanska
Skanska’s National EC3 Rollout

The Carbon Leadership Forum EC3 tool will be rolling out nationally soon – this latest technology will help bring organizations closer to reducing global carbon emissions.

Brent Trenga | Kingspan
Closing the Commitment Gap We Currently Face to Make Real Impact

Kingspan plans on expanding their global business while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kirsten Ritchie | Gensler
Materials Matter
Materials delivering decarbonized spaces and places.
Becca Sturgeon | Payette
Kaleidoscope: embodied carbon design tool & apples-to-apples façade systems selection
Brad Jacobson | EHDD
EPIC: An Early Phase Integrated Carbon Assessment tool
EHDD’s new “EPIC” tool fills a critical gap in prioritizing for speed and responsiveness in carbon assessment results.