Andrew Schuster Presents on SEF's Net Zero Energy Office Building at NESEA BuildingEnergy

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Andrew Schuster, Principal, co-presented “A Commercially Viable Net Zero Office Building: Technology, Beauty & Meaning” at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy Boston conference on Friday, March 15. Andrew was joined by Shannon Kaplan, Project Engineer and Project Manager at AKF Group / In Posse, and Karla Wursthorn, Senior Estimator at TN Ward Company. The session focused on the Net Zero Energy office building the team is designing and building for the Sustainability Energy Fund (SEF).

The project will demonstrate that Net Zero Energy is achievable for the same cost as a conventional developer office building. The new SEF headquarters will be a model of how buildings can and should be done moving forward. In the session, the design team immersed participants in the SEF design process, sharing how a design process rooted in regenerative thinking was used to develop design concepts, energy budgets and specific technological solutions to create a building that embodies the vision and mission of the SEF. During the session, participants also worked in small groups to share ideas on how to achieve not only Net Zero Energy, but also deep sustainability and resilience.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) helps high-performance building and renewable energy professionals improve their practices by learning from and networking with each other. Founded in 1974, it is a member-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Learn more at

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