Electric Futures - Practical Approaches to Regulation & Implementation

Boston, Massachusetts


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

8:15am - 12:00pm


BSA Space, Congress Street, Boston, MA, USA



Event Description

The Town of Brookline took a bold step towards curbing carbon emissions when its Town Meeting members recently voted to ban fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations. While Brookline is the first municipality on the East Coast to adopt such a measure, similar initiatives are gaining momentum in other Massachusetts communities, and already design and development professionals are demonstrating that such regulations are possible and practical with energy efficient, all-electric buildings.

Join the Boston Society for Architecture, Green Ribbon Commission and Massachusetts Climate Action Network for a half-day forum to hear about how the Brookline petitioners “got to yes” followed by presentations from leading practitioners sharing their “know how.”

This program is a must for design practitioners seeking to meet all-electric building aspirations and mandates as well as for municipal regulators hoping to emulate Brookline’s recent historic vote.

2 LU/HSW AIA credits are available.

Agenda and Speakers:

8:15-9:00 AM: Registration, networking, light breakfast

9:00 AM: Welcome from Amy Longsworth from the Green Ribbon Commission

9:05 AM: Opening Remarks from MA State Rep Tommy Vitolo

9:15 AM: Interview with Brookline petitioner Jesse Gray, on the process of getting the gas ban passed and responses to push back, moderated by Michael Grant AIA

9:45 AM: 30 minute audience Q&A with panel of 5 Brookline petitioners- Lisa Cunningham, Scott Ananian, Kathleen Scanlon, Diane Sokal, Jesse Gray

10:15 AM: break and networking

10:30 AM: Six 10-minute presentations from developers, engineers, architects and builders on the practicalities of all-electric building with Q&A to follow

- Kent Gonzales, Northland Investment Corp.
Electrification, A Developer's Perspective

- Michelle Apigian AIA, ICON architecture
Cambridge Affordable Housing Goes Passive House

- Jacob Knowles, BR+A
Engineering the Tallest Net Zero Energy Building in Boston

- Rachel White, Byggmeister Design & Build
Building Like You Give a Damn, Residential Retrofits

- Martine Dion FAIA, SMMA
Wellesley's Net Zero Elementary School, A Practical Plan

- Rick Ames AIA, Next Phase Studio
Architect Activist: Next Phase for Brookline & Beyond

11:55 AM: Closing remarks from Carol Oldham, Executive Director, Mass Climate Action Network