NESEA BE13 – Conference Wrap Up & Great News To Share With You!

I wanted to do a quick wrap up of my NESEA Building Energy (Be13) experience.

First of all, I thought it would be tough to beat getting the entire NESEA building nerdy crowd to say the words “think urban, think sexy”  …. but this years conference beat it!

The overall conference was amazing. It was so much fun.. I am still recovering! There was a great vibe, a lot of newbies and attendance was at an all time high. Boston was windy and rainy but inside people were learning about buildings, cities, mechanicals and so much more. There was a lot of Buffalo representation – Chris Hawley from the City of Buffalo, Jerry Young from Young & Wright architects and Megan McNally was in attendance and/or presented. Go Buffalo!

If you are interested in NESEA – become a member! Not only do you get a discount on the conference but you do get to meet, drink and learn with the inventors/doers/shakers in the building science industry. <– See the website for details on membership, events and information.

I have really great news ! 

Matt Root and I have been selected as the co-vice chairs of the ENTIRE conference for BE2014! HOLY COW! With Marc Sternick, Matt Root and I – we make a fun, dynamic team. This means I will be helping to organize, market, find cash and move the conference forward for 2014 and 2015. NESEA is such a wonderful organization and I am happy to help dedicate my time towards making the NESEA conference in Boston even bigger and better!

The Retrofit for Resilience: Cities track that Robert Leaver and I co created had VERY high attendance! That is a BIG deal for us because this is a whole new subject and was a very risky endeavor. Building scientists don’t usually think about Cities..  but it was great to see so much interest in it! With great risk comes great reward…  Yay! I am looking forward to seeing how this track progresses over the next couple of years. Resiliency is a big topic these days!

Many thanks goes out to all of the NESEA planning staff, volunteers, NESEA employees, presenters and attendees for making this NESEA the best NESEA Building Energy conference I have ever experienced.

Glowing with excitement after being announced as the Co-Vice Chair for the NESEA BE14.
Glowing with excitement after being announced as the Co-Vice Chair for the NESEA BE14.
Presenting about cities, planning and resilience.
Chris Hawley dazzles the crowd with his presentation about zoning and Buffalo!



Retrofit for Resilience: Cities – Six Incredible Sessions You MUST Attend at NESEA BE13

Our cities need to be resilient and sustainable. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy has shown NY how vulnerable we are to coastal flooding and major disasters. The time has come for us to have a conversation about what we can do to plan and build smarter and invest in technologies to make our cities more resilient.  Check these six sessions out happening at the NESEA Building Energy13 conference.

If you want to have an expanded conversation about how preservation, urban planning, renewable technologies and planning for natural disasters make cities more sustainable and resilient – you NEED to come to NESEA’s BE13 conference in Boston on March 5 – 7th.

This track was designed for urban planners, architects, green builders, preservationists, city lovers and everyone in between. Come and learn about what cities across the Northeast are doing to make their cities (large and small) more sustainable, community friendly and ultimately, more resilient.

Learn about NYC disaster planning, the balance between preservation and energy efficiency, LEED for Neighborhood Development, What smaller cities like Buffalo, NY and Northampton, Mass are up too and SO MUCH MORE.

I am being serious, you can’t learn this at CNU or ACI, the conversations just don’t come together like this. Robert Leaver and I designed this track to expand a conversation that is not happening in a “whole systems thinking” type of fashion. We understand that we need to think comprehensively about our buildings, now we must use that approach with our cities. This track is designed to start that thinking process and the conversation.  Come!!

Check it out here.

You can sign up for the conference here:

Lastly, there are a lot of opportunities for volunteers, discounts for emerging professionals and sponsorships available. If you are interested, email me at !

Bernice Radle at the NESEA BE12 Keynote
Bernice Radle at the NESEA BE12 Keynote