Thought Leaders Weigh In: MA Renewable Heat & Cooling Program - Self Study


Authors: Chris Williams, Dutch Dresser, Rick Nortz, Mike Schofield, Martin Orio, Peter McPhee

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: HVAC Design, Green Building: Sustainable Building

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This Free Course contains six, 15-minute video presentations and slides from an event hosted by Faze-1 and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in October of 2015 about the future of the HVAC industry in Massachusetts.

The presenters, listed below, were given questions about MassCEC's new 5-year, $30 million dollar Renewable Heating and Cooling Program and the future of the industry in MA.

Where are the best homes and properties for each technology? How does the cash grant program change the economics of each applicable technology? What technologies are applicable for the cash grant? With the new economics, who are the best residential homes for each technology? Where are the opportunities, and areas for each technology in the state? What are the continued barriers to adoption for each technology? What does success look like for the program?


Dutch Dresser – Maine Energy Systems
Rick Nortz – Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling
Martin Orio – Water Energy Distributors
Peter McPhee – Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Mike Schofield – CLEAResult
Chris Williams – Faze1

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Chris Williams


Chris Williams is from Faze1. Faze1 helps HVAC and solar companies laser focus their marketing by using big data to target homeowners based on their heating and solar characteristics. Go to Faze1 ( to put their data to work for you for free with free custom analysis of your service territory. Chris has worked with HeatSpring, Nexamp, Ground Energy...[more]

Dutch Dresser

Principal, Maine Energy Systems

Dr. Harry "Dutch" Dresser has been a lifelong innovator and change agent in business, education, and community affairs. Over his 26 year career at Gould Academy as Associate Headmaster, Dean of Academics, and Chief Information Officer, he created many new programs from cycle racing and ski patrol to programs in robotics, computer science, and celestial...[more]

Rick Nortz

Manager, Strategic Accounts & Utility Programs, Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling

Rick started in the HVAC industry selling to homeowners in Metro West. He started working with Mitsubishi Electric Heating in Cooling in 2010 and is now a manager for Strategic Accounts & Utility Programs. Nortz runs a LinkedIn group called the Ductless Revolution and serves on the Board of Directors for ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America).

Mike Schofield

Senior Project Manager, CLEAResult

Mike Schofield is a Senior Project Manager at CLEAResult, currently overseeing ENERGY STAR rating and LEED certification of the Conservation Services Group's new construction projects in the Boston, Massachusetts district. He directs project coordinators on building methods and strategies to make improvements cost effective, buildings more durable, and to transform the...[more]

Martin Orio

Business Development, Water Energy Distributors

The self-appointed “English Translator” of geothermal HVAC technology, Martin spends a significant amount of time informing both residential and commercial interests in New England on the costs, options and proper application of ground-source heat pump technology. Martin’s father, Carl D. Orio C.G.D. has one of the longest involvement’s with geothermal heat pumps in...[more]

Peter McPhee

Program Director, Renewable Thermal, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Peter McPhee currently leads the development and management of MassCEC's suite of Renewable Thermal Programs at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center as Program Director. Prior, Peter served as Senior Energy Engineer at at DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, where he created solutions to bridge responsible energy policy with the deployment of clean energy. In addition to...[more]

Course Outline

Watch: Dutch Dresser on Residential & Light Commercial Biomass Heating in MA's Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Watch Dutch Dresser, of Maine Energy System, discuss Residential and Light Commercial Biomass Heating as part of Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Infrastructure.

  • Watch: Dutch Dresser (Text)
Watch: Rick Nortz on Ductless Heat Pump Opportunities

Watch Rick Nortz of Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating discuss Ductless Heat Pump Opportunities.

  • Watch: Rick Nortz (Text)
Watch: Martin Orio on Optimizing the Residential Geothermal Investment in Massachusetts

Watch Martin Orio, Business Development at Water Energy, discuss optimizing the residential geothermal investment in Massachusetts.

  • Watch Martin Orio (Text)
Watch: Peter McPhee on Clean Heating & Cooling- Overview of MassCEC's 5-Year Commitment

Watch Peter McPhee, Director of Renewable Hooting and Cooling programs at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center as he details the 5 year, $30MM Clean Heating and Cooling Program in Massachusetts.

  • Watch: Peter McPhee (Text)
Watch: Mike Schofield on the Impact of Building Codes on Renewable HVAC Adoption

Mike Schofield, Senior Project Manager at CLEAResult, compares practices for calculating heating energy loads in high performing homes vs. current practices. Watch as Mike speaks about the impact of building codes on renewable HVAC adoption, particularly in new construction.

  • Watch: Mike Schofield (Text)
Watch: Chrisopher Williams on Market Analysis for MassCEC's Clean Heat Program

Watch as Christopher Williams, of Faze 1, discusses the market opportunities for ductless heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and biomass within the new 5-year $30 million dollar Massachusetts Clean Energy Center program to incentive renewable HVAC technology. Chris calculated the size of the target market for each of the technologies presented using Faze1’s application and HVAC data.

  • Watch: Chris Williams (Text)

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