2023 Demystifying Sessions

Thursday, June 15

A moderator and expert team will break down industry buzzwords for us. What you always wanted to know, but were afraid to admit you didn't!


9:45 a.m. - The Clean Air Act: A Secret Weapon for Building Decarbonization?

The Clean Air Act regulates pollutants such as nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, which disproportionately affect children and people of color. We’ll explore how the Clean Air Act is being used in states like Utah and California to regulate equipment and appliances in buildings to address human health impacts and eliminate fossil fuel combustion. We'll look at how these standards are similar to - and different from - energy efficiency appliance standards. We'll sort out the role that energy efficiency programs and implementers can play in supporting these standards and supporting affordability and equity in their implementation.


  • George Chapman, Director, National Codes and Standards, Energy Solutions


9:45 a.m. - Planning and Implementing for Equity Outcomes

The Justice40 initiative is driving program design and implementation to address equity gaps, and implementers are tasked with identifying and measuring community benefits and the impacts of their programs on addressing those gaps. This session will highlight processes and approaches that leaders are using to identify and measure impact on equity, available tools for supporting this analysis, and examples and lessons learned that can be applied to the wider IRA program environment. Participants will leave this session with a list of must dos and key approaches for embedding equity into program design and implementation.


  • Alexis Washburn, Northeast Regional Director, Emerald Cities Collaborative


9:45 a.m. - Passive House: Myths & Truths

Passive House is becoming a more common alternative compliance pathway in energy base and stretch codes. Many multifamily, commercial, and school buildings are Passive House certified, but these buildings are not one size fits all. This session will investigate Passive House myths and realities.


  • Ian Finlayson, Deputy Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources



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