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As buildings code continues to push buildings towards higher performance and lower energy usage, design teams and developers alike have sought to push the bar even higher with more advanced building designs and technologies. One way these teams have done this is through the adoption and implementation of passive house design strategies, which has continued to gain traction throughout several parts of the country. Efficiency programs throughout the Northeast have helped spur this momentum by designing innovative offerings around training, professional credentialing financial incentives. This session will focus on how project teams can leverage these efficiency program resources to advance passive house principles and design.
The session will be presented by Nick Jones, Residential New Construction – Energy Efficiency Program Lead for Eversource Energy. Nick has spent the bulk of his career working with builders, developers, design teams, efficiency programs, industry associations, and state and federal organizations to advance high performance building practices and technologies. Nick has served as a presenter and moderator for several major efficiency conferences including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) Summer Study, and has published several white papers on high performance building design. For the last several years, he has served as a judge for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Housing Innovation Awards. Nick serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC), as well as the Connecticut Passive House Alliance, and the Northeast HERS Alliance. He holds degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University in Sustainable Energy Studies, and is currently pursuing a degree in Global Sustainability from Central Connecticut State University.