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Built Environment Plus News
January 28th, 2021

Annual General Meeting Tonight!

Jan. 28th | 4:30pm - 6:30pm EST | Virtual Event | Membership

We are hours away from seeing all the lovely faces that make up our member community! Become a BE+ member for the year and join us at the Annual General Meeting where we will celebrate everything that makes our community amazing. The Board of Election results and member awards will be revealed.

Existing members received, and new members will receive, an invite to vote in the election via email. Your vote matters and is the valued input we need in choosing this communitie's new leadership. Thank you for being a committed member in our shared mission. We hope to see you very soon!

Meet the Candidates & Register
Confirm your Membership or Become a Member

Main Headlines

Call your Senator today, and tell them you support a Net Zero Stretch Code in Bill, S.9.

We are calling on the Massachusetts building community to advocate for a Net Zero Stretch Code within the Climate Roadmap Bill now in the Legislature.  We need people in MA to call their Senator where they live and work, TODAY, and tell them that based on their building industry expertise they support the Net Zero Stretch Code in the Bill, S.9. 
Governor Baker vetoed the original Climate Roadmap Bill two weeks ago and now the Legislature has a chance to pass an identical bill as soon as Today, Thursday 1/28.  Governor Baker identified the inclusion of a net zero code as one of the reasons to veto the Bill at the very end of last session.  Legislators need to hear from the building community that we can build net zero buildings today; we are building them affordably today, and they will not stop development in its tracks. 
Net Zero buildings generate multiple benefits. They are optimally energy efficient, shift from fossil fuels to electrification (with some exceptions), improve health and resilience, and maximize renewable energy to offset their energy consumption on a net annual basis.  Renewable energy can be produced on-site or procured from off-site sources.  Using this approach, net zero is being achieved affordably by buildings of all types and sizes. 

Take Action:
1. Call your senator to tell them you support this bill, and if you are an expert in ZNE Buildings, offer to answer some questions. Find your senator here.

2. You can also help by submitting your NZE Projects to us to help break down the perceived cost barriers to going Net Zero! BE+ the Boston Society for Architecture need help creating a database with Project Energy Use + Costs for Construction and Energy. Learn more through the links below.
Submit a NZE Project
Road to Net Zero Buildings

BTF, MaterialsCAN: Getting to Zero with Embodied Carbon, presentation videos are now available on the BE+ Exchange.

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.”
The BE+ Exchange





Empathetic Lighting: An Industry Snapshot of Material Transparency & Practices

Feb. 3rd | 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST

Join the IES Boston and Rhode Island sections for this great session with members from two of our community sponsors. The staff here at BE+ will be there! The session will open with a summary of Sladen Feinstein’s Sustainability Survey which gauged Lighting Manufacturers’ present and future practices regarding material transparency, climate impact, and social health and equity.

Learn More & Register

Dyer Brown taking advantage of FREE Training!

Dyer Brown Architects is kicking off their free training by enrolling in a Healthy Materials course series, as well as, the Change Management course series, at no cost to them.
Visit our Green Build Training Program page for more information.
“So much of what I am hearing from folks across the industry is that there’s a lack of basic education around healthy materials, so I’m very excited to be able to offer this training to our full team through this grant.“
- Laurel Christensen, Dyer Brown

50% Off for All First Time Sponsors!

This means our advocate level sponsorship is just $500 for this limited time.
One included perk is BE+ Membership for two individuals.
Become a Sponsor in this Community

Looking to learn how YOU can implement changes in your workplace?

Take the Secrets of Success: Better, Faster and "stickier" strategies for implementing change course. This session focuses on how you can implement any new changes in your org more effectively, with faster buy-in and adoption and as efficient as possible. This is a two part series, and it is eligible for the Green Building Training Program.

Managing Change - Learn More & Register
Feb. 3rd | 1pm - 5pm EST | $350 per person or FREE* for qualifying companies

Managing Change Advanced - Learn More & Register
Feb. 10th | 1pm - 5pm EST | $350 per person or FREE* for qualifying companies


Achieving Healthy Materials

Feb. 11th | 8:00am - 9:30am EST | $10
Join your local Living Future Collaborative for a live-viewing of the International Living Future Institutes online course. Register

LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation

 Postponed TBD | 9am - 5pm EST | $699 per person or FREE* for qualifying companies

The LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the LEED Green Associate Exam. Register
200 Smith - Photo by CBT
LEED Certified - 200 Smith St

200 Smith Street, Waltham MA, a 395,000 sq ft office building, received Certified status on January 26th under LEED v4 BD+C: Core and Shell.
Dedham Early Childhood Education Center - Photo by H.V. Collins
LEED SILVER - Dedham Early Childhood Education Center

New Early Childhood Education Center, a 51,000 sq ft school, received Silver Certification status on January 25th under LEED v4 BD+C: Schools.
We want to better spotlight local projects, and you can help.
Join us in recognizing project accomplishments in the Commonwealth.
Notify us of any updates we should share.

Consider adding value back into your BE+ community with a donation.
Donate Here

Built Environment Plus Annual Meeting

Jan. 28th | 4:30pm - 6:30pm EST | Membership
The BE+ Annual General Meeting has been scheduled and planning is underway. We will be announcing the Board of Director election results. Register

Empathetic Lighting: An Industry Snapshot of Material Transparency & Practices

Feb. 3rd | 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST

The session will open with a summary of Sladen Feinstein’s Sustainability Survey which gauged Lighting Manufacturers’ present and future practices regarding material transparency, climate impact, and social health and equity.

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting

Feb. 15th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST | Free
The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals cross the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment. Register

Deep Dive Into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus

Feb. 25th | 8:00am - 10:00am EST | $35
This session will explore how energy is involved with water by looking at the energy embodied in water infrastructure, and the energy available from water and how these can be utilized to contribute to an overall energy budget. The implications of embodied and operational carbon in the built environment water cycle will be addressed.  Register

Watch the previous event: Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City

Climate action and justice in the built environment.

Mar. 25 - 26th | Virtual Event 
We have less than a decade to reverse current greenhouse gas emissions trends to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. The intention of this summit is to explore the means and solutions for meeting this challenge in the built environment, while improving the quality of life for all CT residents, and lifting up our most vulnerable communities. Learn more.

The Solar Technical Assistance Retrofit (STAR) Program Launched Today!

LISC, MACDC, and Resonant Energy are launching a path-breaking program designed to remove barriers and dramatically increase the adoption of solar PV for affordable housing organizations across the Commonwealth. They had a kick off webinar this morning where they discussed the available grants, technical assistance, and financing available to help portfolios achieve their renewable energy targets.
Learn More

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From Footprints to Handprints: A Positive Approach to Carbon

Feb. TBD | Virtual Event | FREE
Expert LCA scientist, Greg Norris, shares his concept of “handprints,” an optimistic philosophy to address the challenge of sustainability. Register.
Sustainable Minds is seeking a Inside Sales Representative for Green Building

At Sustainable Minds we are revolutionizing green building product selection and specification to grow revenue and brand value for building product manufacturers by making it super easy for architects, engineers, contractors and owners to find greener and healthier products for their high performance building projects. You have the opportunity to make an impact on the organization and the planet.

Learn More and Apply

MassCEC is seeking a Program Administrator

The successful Program Administrator identifies issues as or before they arise, and resolves them promptly by working collaboratively with the Program Manager, grantee/consultant, and other parts of the organization as needed, including Finance, Legal, other team members and senior management. The Program Administrator will provide comprehensive support to coordinate the day-to-day activities of MassCEC programs, assist with program development, and more.

Learn More and Apply

MassCEC is seeking a Program Manager

The Program Manager will work to support and manage a team of analyst and customer service representatives. The Program Manager will also play a critical role in working with IT vendors and technical consultants. This position is responsible for ensuring the proper use, maintenance, and operation of the online system registration platforms for both renewable electric, clean peak standard systems and renewable thermal systems. The critical functions for these systems include both registration of new clean energy systems, ongoing clean energy system production reporting, and customer service. Duties include ensuring the accuracy of system application records as well as production data. Job responsibilities include validation and essential quality controls for a high volume of applications with unique attributes.

Learn More and Apply

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Participation in our programs, membership, and sponsorship helps support the efforts of our staff members, Vernette, Ethan, Ann, and myself, especially now as we navigate these difficult times. Please consider making a donation, sponsoring our organization, and becoming a member if you are not already. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at Thank you. - Meredith
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