This training initiative is sponsored by MassCEC and conducted by Abode Energy Management. This event is organized by USGBC MA. Collaborators include Mass Save utility partners.


General Agenda

Date: Sept 25th, 2019 | Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Location: Bentley University, 175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452

Start Smart will offer residential new construction professionals the opportunity to learn the latest information on reliable, cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies and incentives with the goal of smoothly integrating them into the home building process. Attendees will connect with others already successfully implementing these technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of homes while making them more affordable to operate. With three concurrent tracks, attendees will have the opportunity to choose the sessions that are most applicable to their business and future projects while engaging with multiple experts.

Through this workshop there will be three concurrent tracks where attendees will:

  • Learn more about how clean energy solutions improve home performance and customer satisfaction.
  • Understand how to maximize incentives to improve project economics.
  • Engage with other industry professionals to ensure install quality and compatibility through best practices and case studies.
  • Build partnerships through networking for future projects.

The core focus will be on air source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, solar PV, and solar thermal for new construction projects. All technologies discussed are cost-effective, readily deployable, and will continue to play a larger role in the Massachusetts marketplace.

CEUS Available:

Passive House US – Pending
HERS Rater

Who Should Attend:
Builders & Developers | Architects | HERS Raters | HVAC Installers | Solar Installers | Engineers

Speakers Include:

John Moore, New England Solar Hot Water | Tim Gould, Ace Energy | David Lis, NEEP | Craig Foley, LAER Reality | Amanda Schneck | Larry Lessard | Bobby de Sousa, Mass Save Energy Code Support | Mark Durrenberger, New England Clean Energy | James Manzer, ReVision Energy


Workshop Schedule

Time Fundamentals of Technology & Design Clean Heating
& Cooling
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 AM – 9:10 AM General Session: Technology Snapshot
Workshop Session 1
9:15 AM – 10:40 AM
Solar Thermal Air Source Heat Pumps – Equipment Selling Solar
Workshop Session 2
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Ground Source Heat Pumps Air Source Heat Pumps – Design Solar Ready vs Solar Right
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
Workshop Session 3
1:00 PM – 2:25 PM
Solar PV Hydronics in 2020 Electrification & Energy Storage
Workshop Session 4
2:30 PM – 3:55 PM
Air Source Heat Pumps Heat Pump Case Studies Solar Case Studies
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Refreshments
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Interview with the Stakeholders


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 *a small number of needs-based fee subsidies are available, contact for more information.

About Abode Energy Management

Abode Energy Management is a boutique energy consulting firm driving efficiency improvements for New England’s built environment. We are passionate about helping our industry grow through a training-based, collaborative approach.  Our collective experience in building performance, renewables, clean energy financing, utility program implementation, community engagement, and workforce development form the foundation that enables us to deliver data-driven results for our partners and clients.

About MassCEC

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth to spur job creation, deliver statewide environmental benefits and to secure long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC works to increase the adoption of clean energy while driving down costs and delivering financial, environmental, and economic development benefits to energy users and utility customers across the state. 

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