Upcoming EEA Events
About the Webinar:
Traditional building codes have long focused on protecting occupants from fire, flooding, and collapse, while energy code adoption and enforcement have often lagged behind. The latest International Energy Conservation (IEC) code, however, sets the stage for higher performance in new construction and major building retrofits. The Inflation Reduction Act offers $330 million in grants to states and local governments that adopt the latest energy codes meeting or exceeding the latest standards—plus double that for stretch codes aiming for Net Zero. While New Jersey is poised to snag its share of cash with its adoption of the 2021 IECC, Pennsylvania’s Review and Advisory Council is still working to move beyond its current bellwether: the 2018 IECC.
Join the Energy Efficiency Alliance to hear from building code experts Heather Cowley (PA DEP) and Mike Turns (Performance Systems Development) as they evaluate Pennsylvania’s current code landscape. They’ll highlight the shifts required by the newer standards and the exciting grants already awarded to the PA Department of Environment Protection to invest in training building code officials. Learn how they’re thinking about building benchmarking and building performance standards as a lever for change.
About the Webinar:
How well prepared are Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s young people for the energy transition? Recent data from the National Energy Literacy Survey indicate there is much to be done. Attitudes, knowledge and behaviors have all declined significantly since the first Survey five years ago. Gary Swan from the National Energy Foundation will share results and suggestions for what utilities and other energy efficiency industry players can do.
When: November 16, All Day (group transport departs Pittsburgh at 8:30 am and departs Kane for return trip at 3:30 pm)
RSVP By November 2 Strongly Encouraged
Where: Kane, PA (Transportation from Pittsburgh area provided)
Open to All
Hosted by the Energy Efficiency Alliance
About the Event:
Join us for a November 16 day-trip to see this internationally recognized project in Kane, Pennsylvania, known as “Six&Kane.” The team retrofitted an 1900-era brick building to achieve an incredibly high building performance level and EnerPhit Passive House certification – the first to receive such certification in North America.
But more important –”Six&Kane” has become a catalyst for additional projects in this cool and charming rural PA community that is re-igniting its own fire. Six&Kane was funded largely by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund with support from Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and others.
If you work in commercial property redevelopment or lending, you don’t want to miss the chance to witness and amplify this exciting story and inspiration for building decarbonization. The Energy Efficiency Alliance is organizing an invite-only event on Nov. 16 in Kane, PA and will provide some carpooling transportation/van from Pittsburgh plus lunch. It’s a full business day with the journey there and back.
Now one year since its grand opening– we’ll take a closer look at how the project is meeting its ambitious goals and how it’s affecting the community – from green building decisions at a local restaurant to a nursing home and the nearby radio station. Plus, we’ll workshop how this model can be applied elsewhere and opportunities to magnify this approach. Come be inspired about how your work in the “built environment” can drive legacy changes and thinking as we face heightened climate threats in the Commonwealth.
8:30 a.m. Departure from Pittsburgh North Shore
Meet Van for Travel to Kane
11:20 a.m. Arrival
12:00 p.m. On-Site Lunch & Welcome Presentation
12:30 p.m. Building Tour, Challenges & Strategies
1:30 p.m. Local Impact Highlights: Hear from Local Contractors, Businesses and Leaders
2:15 p.m. Deeper Dive Workshop Conversation: Opportunities for the Larger Region
3:00 p.m. Walk-about around town.
3:30 p.m. – Departure for Pittsburgh
Alternatively, you might drive to Kane independently and treat yourself to a get-away at the nearby lovely Gateway Lodge and the “Cathedral” section of beautiful giant 100-year-old hemlocks timber stands in Cook Forest.
We’ve got limited seating for transportation, so please RSVP by November 2. If you have contacts in the “built environment” world who you think would benefit from seeing it — whether developers, architects, influential advocates like yourself or economic development professionals. please let Jeaneen Zappa (email@example.com) know and we’ll invite them too. Thank you!