Collaborative Sustainability and Building Enclosures: 3 Key Takeaways from Facades+ Conference in Boston

Finegold Alexander Senior Associate Lara Pfadt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, recently presented at the premier Facades+ Conference in Boston.

August 7, 2023
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Finegold Alexander Senior Associate and Sustainability Strategist, Lara Pfadt, was invited to present at the Facades+ Conference held in Boston this month. Alongside Michelle Fennell from BR+A and moderated by Emily Hopps from SGH, Lara presented on the critical changes to the MA DOER Stretch codes for building enclosures.

The conference showcased an impressive lineup of speakers, engaging presentations, diverse exhibits, and valuable networking opportunities for attendees. From the event, Lara took away three significant points that stood out to her:

1 . Collaborative Efforts for Sustainable Building: The conference commenced with inspiring words from national and local Facades chairpersons, such as Bradford J. Prestbo, who is also a Board Member of the Boston Building Enclosure Council. They emphasized the collective efforts of industry professionals in creating well-designed and energy-efficient buildings in response to the evolving environmental challenges.

2. City's Sustainable Development Initiatives: John Dalzell, the Senior Architect for Sustainable Development at BPDA, shared valuable insights into the City of Boston's efforts to strike a balance between sustainability and the unique challenges faced by the City. His presentation was particularly relevant as it set the stage for Lara, Michelle, and Emily's discussions about the changes to the Massachusetts stretch codes for building enclosures.

3. Warm Welcome and Engaged Community: Attending Facades+ for the first time, Lara experienced a warm reception from the community of attendees. The engagement and enthusiasm displayed by the participants further enhanced the overall experience of the conference.

In conclusion, Lara Pfadt extends her gratitude to Facades+ for organizing an exceptional conference and looks forward to the possibility of attending again next year.

Thank you, Facades+, for a fantastic conference! We hope to see you again next year!