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Close the Gap(s): Decarbonizing Large Buildings Symposium

May 2 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Close the Gap(s): Decarbonizing Large Buildings Symposium

Are you struggling with decarbonizing large buildings?

You’re not alone. As energy codes and emissions reduction ordinances force the issue, the building industry is waking up to a new landscape. Decarbonizing large buildings – new and old – is critical to achieving Massachusetts Climate Targets. While the technologies, skills, and strategies for decarbonization exist, we need to rapidly develop the industry’s capacity to implement these at scale. From knowledge gaps and funding gaps to policy gaps and technology gaps, we have our work cut out for us.

This half-day symposium will address knowledge gaps through a series of short training sessions on strategies and technologies to overcome current obstacles in decarbonizing large buildings. Topics include Preservation and Performance, Hydrostatic Pressure, Low Carbon-Cement, Carbon and Comfort, Funding High Efficiency Retrofits and more.

The event will begin and end with networking time and include coffee, snacks and lunch for attendees.

Presented by the BE+ Carbon & Energy Community and Decarbonize Existing Buildings Alliance, in partnership with Greentown Labs and the Sponsors of Mass Save®: Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil.

Event Details

Thursday, May 2, 2024 | 8:30am – 1:30pm
Greentown Labs
444 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Who will be there?

Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, Owners and Owner Reps struggling with decarbonizing large buildings.

8:30am – 9:00am | Arrival, Coffee, and Networking

9:00am – 9:15am | Opening Remarks

9:15am – 9:30am | Session 1 – Money Matters, Funding High Efficiency Retrofits – The Economics of High Efficiency Retrofits

9:30am – 10:00am | Session 2 – A Wetter World, the Effects on Foundations – strategies to address increased stormwater; higher hydrostatic pressure; thou shalt not flood thy neighbor

10:00am – 10:30am | Session 3 – The Carbon and Concrete Conundrum – Focus on low-carbon cement. What, where, and how in new and existing building projects

10:30am – 11:00am | Coffee and Networking Break

11:00am – 11:30am | Session 4 – Preservation and Performance, Mutually Inclusive! Hotel Marcel and Rubin Hall retrofits Passive House certified, historically preserved buildings (and a net zero one too!)

11:30am – 12:00pm | Session 5 – Carbon and Comfort, The Electrification of Heating and Cooling in Existing Apartments

12:00pm – 12:30pm | Session 6 – Breathe Easy(er), Why Ditching Gas and Adding Ventilation Makes For Healthier Buildings (new and existing)

12:30pm – 1:30pm | Lunch and networking

About Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit catalyzing climate solutions through entrepreneurship, partnership, and collaboration. As the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, Greentown brings together startups, corporates, investors, policymakers, and many others with a focus on scaling climate technologies. Driven by the mission of providing startups the community, connections, and resources they need to thrive, Greentown offers lab space, shared office space, machine shops, electronics labs, tool shops, software and business resources, and a large network of corporate customers, investors, and more. With incubators in Somerville, Mass. and Houston, Texas, Greentown is home to more than 200 startups and has supported more than 500 since the incubator’s founding in 2011. These startups have collectively created more than 11,000 jobs and raised more than $5.7 billion in funding. For more information, visit www.greentownlabs.com or follow Greentown on LinkedIn.

Getting There
Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. We’re a short walk from the recently opened Union Square station, as well as 1 mile away from both the Harvard and Porter MBTA stations. Union Square in Somerville is also easily accessible via the #86 and #91 MBTA buses. We offer indoor bike parking on-site and the closest Bluebikes stations are at Dane St., Conway Park and Union Square.



Don't let cost keep you from participating. Apply for free admission.


May 2
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Greentown Labs
444 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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