ASHRAE October Meeting – Zero Net Energy

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 101 Federal Street, 4th Floor


  • ASHRAE Boston Chapter member registering to attend.
  • Non-member of ASHRAE Boston Chapter registering to attend.

Registration is closed


Tuesday, October 8th


Metro Meeting Center

101 Federal St, 4th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Meal Menu: 

Ravioli Bar
Traditional Meat Filled, Marinara & Mozzerella

Ricotta Cheese, Marinara & Parmesan (V-GF)

Mushroom with Alfredo-Mushroom Sauce (V-GF)

Gluton-Free Option (V-GF) Available Upon Request

Steamed Vegetables (VE~GF)

Garlic Bread(V)

Metro Café Tossed Salad (V)

Hearts of Romaine, Cucumbers, Red Onion Slices, Tomatoes

Blueberry Cobbler& Ice Cream (V)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (V)

Meeting Timeline:

5:30 - 6:30 PM    Networking 

5:30-6:15 PM Tech Session 

6:30 - 7:00PM    Social/Registration/Dinner

7:00 - 8:00PM    Main Program  

Meeting Location:  Metro Meeting Center, 101 Federal Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Parking: Garage at Post office Square, Zero Post Office Square, Boston, MA ($9 after 4:00 PM)

Additional Information:

RSVP by 12:00pm (noon) Friday October 4, 2019.

If you would like a vegetarian meal, please check box in registration form

Please register online whether pre-paying with credit card / PayPal. 


ASHRAE Boston Members: $50                  

Non-ASHRAE Boston Members: $60

Main Program: Zero Net Energy (ZNE): S, M, L, XL: ( 1.0 PDH)

Individuals, institutions and cities are striving to build a carbon neutral future. Zero Net Energy buildings will play a key role in achieving this goal. Many people are familiar with small ZNE buildings, but we need to rapidly scale up to Medium, Large, and XL. Join us as we demonstrate examples of this ZNE scale-shift, including detailed examples from 5,000 to 500,000 square feet. We will also present the latest in net zero codes being implemented in California, DC, and Massachusetts.

Presenter: Jacob Knowles

Jacob Knowles is the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A, leading the firm’s NET+ sustainability consulting team. He is currently championing the design of nearly two million square feet of Zero Net Energy buildings in the Boston area. He has lead teams to top awards under the MA DOER High Performance Buildings and Pathways to Zero grant programs. Jacob also founded the 2030 Union, an informal building industry advocacy network, currently focused on supporting the proposed Net Zero Stretch Code in MA.

TECH Session Presentation Description: (1.0 PDH )

The presentation will discuss Massachusetts-based incentive programs related to renewable and alternative energy that can help engineers, planners and designers improve life cycle economics for energy projects which are often included Net Zero building design. It will discuss which technologies the programs are incentivizing, basic requirements, and revenue examples from representative projects.

Learning Objectives

  • To become familiar with some of the available Massachusetts-based in incentive programs
  • Understand which technologies are eligible for the programs
  • Understand at a high level some basic requirements and process
  • Understand how the programs can contribute to better project life cycle economics

Presenters: Heather Merhi-Mathews & Paul Ormond , P.E. 

Heather Merhi-Mathews is the Director of Operations at Next Grid Markets, a leading energy certificate aggregation and CHP development company based in Kendall Square, Cambridge.  Heather manages company operations, including overseeing over $10 million in transactions for the Next Grid C&I portfolio, and has helped secure more than $7 million in grant funding related to energy resiliency and energy storage. Heather has been involved in the energy certificate trading business since 2015, first through a consulting role and then with Next Grid Markets when it was formed in 2017. In her prior role at the environmental engineering consulting firm Woodard & Curran, she worked with municipal and institutional clients on energy and billing analysis, energy master planning and climate resiliency. Heather is interested in how alternative and renewable energy can be leveraged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how economic mechanisms can make environmentally important projects successful.  

Heather graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and concentration in Ecology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Paul Ormond is a senior engineer with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Energy Resources (DOER).  Paul’s focus at the DOER is highlighting opportunities to leverage the extensive clean energy programs and incentives available to developers and builders in Massachusetts.  Paul is a former Vice President of Haley & Aldrich with twenty years’ experience as a consultant in real estate design and construction.  Paul also teaches classes in real estate and clean energy at the Harvard University Extension School.

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