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Building Rating Systems, Demystified

September 13, 2018
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451

September 2018 Meeting - Building Rating Systems, Demystified



Please Note: The date of this meeting has been changed. This meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th

AEE New England invites you to hear from Steve Di Giacomo and our keynote speaker Meredith Elbaum on the existing building rating systems available to property owners and managers. Topics covered will include:

  • What do they do, why & how do they do it? 
  • Are there portfolio-wide tangible benefits?
  • Why do I want my property to be deemed “Green” by a cognizant authority?
  • Why do I want to benchmark my property?
  • How to select the best rating system for you. hint: it depends what you want to know or do
  • Why did my ENERGY STAR score just drop 15 points?!
  • What is CBECS and how/why did it make my ENERGY STAR Score drop?
  • How can I quickly and inexpensively raise my ENERGY STAR Score?
  • How does increasing your ENERGY STAR Score increase the value of your building?
  • What are the key differences between ENERGY STAR and LEED Certification?
  • What cities required ENERGY STAR for reporting purposes?
  • What are some common mistakes that are made when benchmarking properties?
  • How do I quickly get my score back to Awards territory?
  • Will I lose my LEED EB and/or BERDO exemption status?
  • Tell me about other Existing Building Rating Systems!


Meredith Elbaum, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director USGBC MA will provide a presentation on LEED EB and ARC as well as other rating systems such as WELL, and how they work synergistically together. She will also touch upon the different types of LEED certification available to properties, with a brief description of the point system.

Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, CPMP – Principal Commissioning & Energy Engineer at Energy Management Associates, Inc. (EMA) will provide an update on ENERGY STAR® including an important update on the building scores lowered on August 27th  and what this will mean to property owners/managers, facility managers, and tenants desiring green space, and those aiming for LEED EB certification or re-certification. Steve will discuss common mistakes and omissions made in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager that when corrected can dramatically increase a property’s score. Lowered ENERGY STAR scores could trigger loss of 1 to 3 LEED EB points and loss of BERDO exemption status triggering ASHRAE Level 2 energy audits or equivalent for properties that reside in Boston.  


Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Meredith Elbaum, AIA, LEED AP

As a sustainability advocate and educator, Meredith joined the USGBC MA, as Executive Director, in November 2017. Before becoming ED, she developed climate action plans, master plans, design guidelines and green buildings as President of the Elbaum Group, LLC. Fueled by an interest in materials transparency she launched the Health Product Declaration as its Interim Executive Director.  Prior, for almost a decade Meredith was Director of Sustainable Design at Sasaki, an International Design and Planning Firm. During that time she helped in the USGBC MA Chapter’s creation and served as a founding board member.  She also co-created the Architecture and Design Sustainable Design Leaders Network. Meredith earned a BArch from Rice University and a MSArch from MIT and has taught architecture students at Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural College.


Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, CPMP

Steve is the principal engineer and founder of EMA, a consulting engineering firm specializing in energy-related facility solutions. EMA files applications that result in 80 to 90 ENERGY STAR Awards each year, EMA also provides scores of ASHRAE Level 2 energy audits, controls troubleshooting and LEED commissioning and retro-commissioning.  Steve has provided LEED Fundamental & Enhanced commissioning services on 4 Platinum and 5 Gold LEED CI awarded projects at Harvard University and Audubon.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware with a minor in Chemistry. Steve has authored articles on CO2 based demand-controlled ventilation and indoor air quality published by the Journal of Energy Engineers and Engineered Systems magazine. Steve has been a past guest speaker at Wentworth Institute on Technology on energy management technics. This summer it was announced by AEE National that Steve has won the 2018 Region 1 Professional Development/Training Award. Steve is a designated ENERGY STAR “Most Active Licensed Professional”.



In the event that you must cancel your registration, please note that there will be a $10 cancellation fee deducted from your refund. Unfortunately, we are unable to process any refund for cancellations that occur within 72 hours of the beginning of the event. Please contact us at if you have any questions.


$57.00 Member Ticket
$47.00 Earlybird rate before September 13

$67.00 Non-Member Ticket
$57.00 Earlybird rate before September 13