Conference Recordings

Setting Building Energy Standards

Learning from City, State, and Utility Incentive Programs
Published March 18, 2021
Presented by Michael Grant, Stantec | Ruth Bennett, Tufts University | Kim Cullinane, Eversource (utility) | John Dalzell, Boston Planning & Development Agency | Jacob Knowles, BR+A Consulting Engineers
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Tufts University

It isn't enough that institutions require all-electric campus buildings that rely on renewable energy—they must also be low load and low energy consumption. Individual cities, states, and utility incentive programs are going beyond carbon neutral standards to embrace energy consumption limits. This session will present these new strategies as models and options for campus building energy standards that address a variety of university sustainability goals. Come learn how your institution can avoid re-inventing the wheel when defining truly impactful campus guidelines by using these methodologies to limit energy consumption and peak demand.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Make the best choices in building energy-use reduction standards and incentives in order to meet your campus's sustainability goals.
  2. Effectively advocate for and advance the use of standards and incentives with campus stakeholder groups by showing how those standards have worked effectively for cities, states, and utility incentive programs.
  3. Explain how to manage building projects using building energy-use reduction standards and incentives by drawing on the experiences and methods used by cities, states, and energy utilities.
  4. Describe how to effectively coordinate carbon reduction and energy use standards for campus buildings with broader campus-wide sustainability goals.


Michael Grant


Ruth Bennett

Director, Strategic Capital Programs
Tufts University

Kim Cullinane

Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant
Eversource (utility)

John Dalzell

Senior Architect for Sustainable Development
Boston Planning & Development Agency

Jacob Knowles

Director of Sustainable Design
BR+A Consulting Engineers

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPN21C1096) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Recorded March 18, 2021.

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