Next week is the Building Energy Conference. I’m going to be there, and there’s going to be a lot of fun things happening. I’ve gone to the NESEA show ever year since I was 16, and my buddy Gilbert from Maine will be driving down. It will be fun to hang out with a bunch of industry friends and make some new ones.

If you want to connect at the show, feel free to send me a note at or come to the Building Energy Masters Series meetup.

I’m hosting a Building Energy Masters Series meetup, a few friends of mine will be manning their booths in “startup” alley (you can RSVP a time to meet with them below), and I have a trade show discount for you as a beloved HeatSpring reader.

NESEA Trade Show Floor Discount for HeatSpring Readers

  1. Here’s the discount code to get 50% off the trade show: HEATSPRINGBE14
  2. Click here, then click on register, then click on Trade Show Only Wed/Thursday at the bottom.

If you want to register for a full day session, you can do that here. If you are interested in high performance building from a design, construction, HVAC, or clean energy perspective and you’re based in New England these sessions are worth 10X their cost.

The tracks will be useful if:

  • You’re an experienced building professionals but want to get into high performance building.
  • You’re experienced in high performance building but and want to keep up to date on the newest trends and technologies.

Here are a few highlights. The BE sessions are amazing because it’s a member driven organization, so all of the tracks and sessions are based on what the members want to learn. This creates amazing quality.

Tuesday, March 4

Wednesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 6th

  • Residential Homes Track
  • In particular, Wednesday 2:oo to 3:30 p.m. – Energy Positive Homes in Devens (session by Carter Scott)
  • High Performance Mechanicals Track
  • Marc Rosenbaum is doing a session on heat pumps on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • What the Pros Wanna Know Track Terry Brennan is doing a session on ventilation in commercial buildings that will be amazing, Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Fundamentals for Advanced Construction will be great for experienced professionals who are new to high performance building.
  • Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – There’s a session on transforming your business to a high performance business.
  • Thursday 10:30 a.m. to noon – Session on high performance HVAC taught by Andy Shapiro.
  • Renewable Thermal Policy Pipeline -Wednesday, March 5th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. I’ll be there.

Building Energy Master Series Meetup = Beers on Us!


What is it and who is it for: The Building Energy Masters Series meetup is for all BEMS alumni to get together and chat with each other and their instructors. It’s also open to any professionals who want to learn more. You can connect with the BEMS instructors, and we’ll also have some iPads out so you can see inside the course.

Date: Wednesday

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Demo Stage 1

All alumni are invited and people that are interested in the subject. Beverages are on me. RSVP below so I know who you are.

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Meet 7 Companies at Startup alley

There are a number of new companies that will be presenting their new technologies. Here’s a list of who they are, a brief explanation of what they offer, and who they’re trying to connect with. If you want to schedule a time to talk with them, RSVP in the form below.

Location – They’ll be located at booth #420

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1. Faze1


2. Ground Energy Support

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  • Real time monitoring for geothermal heat pumps systems that eliminates risk for homeowners. The GES system verifies that GSHPs systems are operating efficiently and lets homeowners know the minute they are not.
  • Who should visit with them? Architects, engineers, project developers, and contractors who want to reduce risk.

3. Enmojo


  • Marketplace for homeowners to find the best deal on duct less air source heat pumps systems.
  • Who should come? Property owners who are looking to invest in air source heat pumps or contractors who are looking for leads.

4. Embue


  • A “check engine” light for your HVAC system that allows contractors to maintain and increase the value of their relationships with clients by providing real time HVAC-related updates.
  • Who should connect with them? Any HVAC contractor who wants to provide services that will make their clients love them.

5. CrowdComfort


  • CrowdComfort has a mobile application that allows people within a building to report on their comfort within that building. Facility managers can then use that data to increase the efficiency and comfort of the building for the people in it.
  • Who should connect with them? Any facility managers that are currently managing buildings and looking for a low-cost yet highly effective way to increase comfort in their buildings. Also, any engineers or other professionals who frequently work with facilities managers.  

6. 7AC

  • I believe that they have a new technology that makes existing HVAC systems more efficient, with a focus on commercial and industrial markets.