NZE Policy and Simulation – IBPSA-USA Boston Chapter

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This video is free to view for all. In this presentation, Alejandra and Kimberly will give an insight into the correspondence of building simulation and energy modeling with Net Zero Boston Zoning Policy and Mass Save C&I New Construction programming respectively.

Cities are increasingly setting and planning to meet aggressive Net Zero Carbon goals. Alejandra’s presentation will focus on the role of building performance simulation on shaping and meeting net-zero policy for the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and ongoing work on Net Zero Zoning revisions.

Energy modeling has played a critical role in Mass Save new construction/major renovation programming for a number of years, but with the release in mid-2020 of the new C&I New Construction program participation pathways, energy modeling as a predictor of energy use intensity has become even more important. Kimberly will talk about how the Mass Save C&I New Construction programming has changed recently and how energy modeling fits in.


Alejandra Menchaca
Vice President, Sustainability at Thornton Tomasetti

Alejandra combines expertise in mechanical engineering and building science to give clients a clear understanding of the impact design strategies and innovative solutions have on long-term building performance. Alejandra leverages research and simulations to provide project teams with sustainable design knowledge and energy expertise. She is experienced in the design of both passive buildings and energy- and carbon-intensive structures such as laboratories and healthcare facilities. Her expertise also includes thermal comfort, embodied carbon, and net-zero carbon policy. Alejandra holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and has taught at both MIT and the Harvard GSD.

Kimberly Cullinane, C.E.M, LEED AP
Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant at Eversource

Kim Cullinane has worked in the green building industry as a champion for sustainable buildings since 2002. She is a senior member of Eversource’s new construction team within its energy efficiency group and co-chairs the statewide Mass Save New Construction Subcommittee. She led the development of one of the most progressive zero net energy utility incentive programs in the nation. She started in the field managing a statewide Green Schools Program, providing grants for solar installations to highly energy-efficient new schools, and leading the development of the MA version of CHPS (a LEED-like tool for k-12 schools). Kim has a BA in economics from Cornell University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.

NZE, net zero energy, building performance simulation, building performance modeling, BEM, building energy modeling, energy modeling