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Do you have your finger on the pulse of the latest products and services on the market? Are there new techniques and approaches to investigate? What are others in the industry doing that you’re not? Find out February 14–16, 2018 at North America’s largest event dedicated to cold climate residential building. Register now, then download the program book and check out these tips before you go.


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Wednesday, February 14
 

7:00am CST

Registration
Wednesday February 14, 2018 7:00am - 7:00pm CST
Convention Center Lobby

8:00am CST

High performance mechanical systems for houses that work
THIS IS A PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION (Separate $129 registration fee applies) 
Residential mechanical systems have grown in complexity and scope over the past several years. Codes have mandated higher insulation levels, better windows and tighter construction. Now is the time to rethink and redesign HVAC, hot water heating and electronic home control systems. Through lecture, case studies and group exercises; we’ll zero in on the compelling opportunities to simultaneously create comfortable, durable, safe, healthy and efficient homes while managing costs. 

AIA 7 LU/HSWs, ASHI 7 CE credits, BPI 7 CEUs, DSPS 7 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 7 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, 7 UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 7 CE hours, NAHB, NARI 7 CEUs, NATE 7 CEHs, RESNET 7 PD credits

Speakers
avatar for Gord Cooke

Gord Cooke

Construction Instruction Inc.
Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field... Read More →



Wednesday February 14, 2018 8:00am - 4:30pm CST
Aralia/Marula
  Pre-conference session

8:00am CST

Score new revenue opportunities – Home Energy Score training/workshop

Today’s homeowners and buyers are increasingly interested in the energy performance of their homes. The more they know, the more likely they are to pursue deeper improvements and savings which means more revenue opportunities for your business. Boost your business by being one of the first in Wisconsin to provide this valuable service to your customers. Earn your Home Energy Score Assessor certification and set yourself apart from the competition. Similar to a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is a quick and easy way to quantify how well a home uses energy. The score is based on an in-home walk-through that you can complete for your customers in less than an hour. Using a simple 1-to-10 scale, the score was designed to be easy to understand and to tap into people’s desire to improve their score and outperform their neighbors and peers.

Credits approved:

  • ASHI: 10 hours
  • InterNACHI: 10 hours
  • WI DSPS: 10 hours
  • BPI: 6 units
  • NARI: 10 units


(Educational workshop 8 am–5 pm followed by Focus on Energy Residential Program reception 5:30–7 pm)

This event is held in conjunction with the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference and requires a separate registration. Use this link to register for the Home Energy Score training workshop. Please note, in order to attend this event you DO NOT need to be registered for the conference.

$65 fee to attend this educational workshop – lunch included. Focus on Energy will facilitate credits for this presentation.

Link to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-energy-score-training-b4-pre-conference-workshop-tickets-38045672631



Wednesday February 14, 2018 8:00am - 7:00pm CST
Wisteria

10:00am CST

1:00pm CST

Topnotch building products: experts share picks

THIS IS A PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION (Separate $99 registration fee applies) 
Bring your favorite product—or something you’re considering—to this session to hear what the experts and your peers think of it. Is there something better out there? For the past 20 years, BuildingGreen has evaluated and recognized products that significantly improve on standard practices. Peter Yost, vice president of technical services at BuildingGreen, has more than 15 years of experience specifying green building products for builders and architects. Peter will lead the session, along with Steve Baczek, a nationally acclaimed architect who has worked with leading builders and product manufacturers for more than 20 years.

AIA 3.75 LUs, ASHI 4 CE credits, BPI 3.75 CEUs, DSPS 3.5 CEUs towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 3.5 CEUs towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 3.5 CE hours, NAHB, NARI 3.75 CEUs, RESNET 4 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek Architect
Steven is a nationally recognized architect and has been designing and developing custom residential structures for over 24 years. He has designed hundreds of projects across the spectrum of energy performance, comfort, and durability, to include many of the nation’s top energy... Read More →
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

BuildingGreen, Inc.
Peter has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty-five years. He is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts... Read More →


Wednesday February 14, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood

2:00pm CST

3:00pm CST

5:30pm CST

 
Thursday, February 15
 

7:00am CST

7:00am CST

Silent auction
PLACE YOUR BIDS—Check out the silent auction at booth 8 and place your bids by 6 pm Thursday. All proceeds go to the legacy scholarship which supports the growth and development of the conference by increasing its capacity to make the event accessible to a larger number of participants. Winners will be posted during the Better Beer: Better Brats reception.

The Legacy Scholarship Silent Auction is designed to use contributions and donations to raise money that helps the conference expand its influence to emerging professionals entering home performance and renewable energy jobs. Donations honor the work and contributions of residential building leaders whose contributions have made a significant impact on the building performance and renewable energy industry, it also opens the door to future generations so that this important work can continue.

Thursday February 15, 2018 7:00am - 6:00pm CST
Expo

7:00am CST

Expo open
Thursday February 15, 2018 7:00am - 6:30pm CST
Expo

7:00am CST

Job Board
There is a new opportunity at the conference, NARI Madison Chapter will help to facilitate connections between job seekers and hiring companies. To complement their online job board, NARI Madison Chapter is sponsoring a job board onsite. Job seekers bring your business cards and resumes and hiring companies bring your job postings to the NARI Madison Chapter Job Board exhibit onsite in the hallway near registration. Contact NARI Madison Chapter directly with questions and/or to provide job postings in advance.
​You do not need to be a NARI member to participate in the onsite job board. The onsite job board will be available on Friday as well. 

Thursday February 15, 2018 7:00am - 6:30pm CST
Convention Center Lobby

7:00am CST

Registration
Thursday February 15, 2018 7:00am - 6:30pm CST
Convention Center Lobby

8:30am CST

Opening general session

What does success in life and business look like today? This is the primary question Michael will address during his keynote. This inspirational and data driven talk looks at our industry, trends and human behavior to impart some fascinating insights that will be sure to leave you with plenty to think about. Warning: outdated ways of thinking will be exposed and poked fun at.

 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Anschel

Michael Anschel

Otogawa-Anschel Design Build
Michael is a nationally recognized expert on green design and building with over 23 years of experience. He writes for various publications and trains and speaks at events around the country. Michael is the owner of OA Design-Build, an award winning and nationally celebrated firm... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CST
Ballroom A/H (doors open at 8 am)
  General

10:00am CST

Networking break / expo
Thursday February 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am CST
Expo

10:30am CST

High-performance walls and exterior insulation
During this session we will outline the ever increasing challenges presented by changes to building codes and energy programs. We will discuss material and design choices and consumer expectations in creating high-performance buildings. We will focus on the science behind making walls more durable, safer and more energy efficient by utilizing exterior insulation without compromising cost effectiveness and build ability.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC hour, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits

Speakers
avatar for Gord Cooke

Gord Cooke

Construction Instruction Inc.
Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Aralia/Marula

10:30am CST

Residential design with structural insulated panels

Learn the benefits of designing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for residential applications. Builders/contractors and designers will gain a better understanding of application, assembly and detailing to properly use SIPs for optimal energy efficiency and durability. We will use case studies and share design strategies to give you a better understanding of designing and building with SIPs to current industry standards. (This session will be repeated on Friday, February 16 from 8:30-9:45 am.) 

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Golz

Jonathan Golz

Enercept, Inc. and Golz Enterprises
Jon is the owner of Golz Enterprises, working together to educate builders, designers, bankers, appraisers, engineers and the general public about the values associated with SIP construction. From increased comfort, value and efficiency to lower utility costs and a smaller carbon... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Expo

10:30am CST

Waterproofing existing basements from the inside

For years, the question of waterproofing from the inside has dogged Peter. He kept hearing about all sorts of coatings that could “negative-side” waterproof, but didn’t know how to compare the anecdotes to building science. In this session, Peter will cut through the hype and the misdirection of standardized testing and figure out what works, what doesn’t, and why. Bring in your own favorite waterproofing product: we will see if it stands up to the Wingnut Water Test!

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

BuildingGreen, Inc.
Peter has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty-five years. He is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood

10:30am CST

Energy modeling for a net zero tiny house

This session will look at the challenges of building a tiny house with an energy target of net zero. We will review developer and architect design constraints; identify building practice choices based on solid building science and energy modeling; and share approximate costs.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for David Kinyon

David Kinyon

Kinyon Construction
David has 20 years of finish and rough carpentry experience, working with several Dane county builders, expediting for a home builder, and working for Project Home and Habitat for Humanity of Dane county. From 2001 to 2011 he worked for Focus on Energy New Homes program.
avatar for John Stephany

John Stephany

Madison Area Technical College
John has been involved in construction all of his life, coming from a family of tradespeople. He attended UW-Madison and obtained a degree in Construction Management, while working as a carpenter. He joined the Peace Corps and built low income housing, and upon return started as a... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Crown Palm

10:30am CST

Growing on purpose

In this fast-paced executive briefing, Dave shows you how to combine team strength and positive customer experiences to achieve a fully engaged business and increase profits. This is a practical and relevant session that can be implemented in your business immediately.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Dave Molenda

Dave Molenda

Positive Polarity, LLC
Dave is a senior level manager and leader with the ability and drive to exceed sales goals. He is an excellent communicator, presenter and facilitator. Dave’s entrepreneurial spirit has led him to develop dynamic sales management skills and the ability to influence and motivate... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Wisteria
  Session

10:30am CST

How to drive results through a culture of accountability

The most profitable companies are the ones in which every single employee has an ownership mindset. Learn how to show each employee that their effort makes a difference and teach them to think and act the way the owner does. This will create a culture where employees hold themselves accountable.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jason Forrest

Jason Forrest

Forrest Performance Group
Jason is CEO and Chief Culture Officer at Forrest Performance Group and is a leading authority in culture change programs and an expert at creating high-performance, high-profit, and "Best Place to Work" cultures. As a sales professional, author, speaker, and management coach, Jason’s... Read More →
avatar for Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall

Forrest Performance Group
Mary is a sales expert, coach and professional moderator. Mary Marshall’s background includes online learning, sales, and professional speaking. She helps change behavior and transforms the lives of her clients through teaching award-winning programs. Mary teaches at national conferences... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mangrove
  Session

10:30am CST

Mechanical systems for high-performance enclosures

High-performance enclosures have significantly changed the demands on mechanical systems. We will begin with a review of the shortcomings of current systems. Then move into the critical components needed to deliver superior, consistent and persistent comfort; efficiency; durability; and indoor environmental quality. Finally, we will zero in on the design and delivery of systems-based, best-practice solutions for heating, cooling, dehumidification, filtration, ventilation, hot water and make-up air for high-performance zero energy ready homes.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Pat Huelman

Pat Huelman

University of Minnesota
Pat coordinates the Cold Climate Housing program with the University of Minnesota Extension. He is recognized for his systems approach to improving overall home performance. Pat’s focus has been on heat, air, and moisture movement in buildings and he is an expert in building systems... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Guava
  Session

10:30am CST

Mold: how, why and so what?

A proper response to either preventing or resolving mold issues in the built environment requires an understanding of what mold is and how it grows. Health concerns about mold have spawned legions of newly minted mold experts who use misinformation to create waves of consumer panic, wasting lots of time and money. Attend this session to get the low down on mold, health and indoor air quality.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Mac Pearce

Mac Pearce

Consultant
Mac has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He has consulted on mold and moisture problems for over 20 years and has investigated problems in thousands of homes and buildings. He has taught hundreds of classes in his area of expertise. Mac has a scientific... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Portia

10:30am CST

Understanding roof system resiliency

Architects, building owners, policymakers and others are talking about the need for resilient buildings that are designed to withstand significant weather events and continue to function after. A significant component of a resilient building is unquestionably the roof system. Protecting a building from everyday weather events is a priority, but new policies are mandating—and owners are starting to demand—resilient roofs and buildings. We will discuss how to design new and upgrade existing roofs to be resilient. Resilient design and enhancements to existing roofs can translate into an improved bottom line.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for James Kirby

James Kirby

GAF
James R. Kirby, AIA, is GAF's building and roofing science architect for the east coast. Jim has a masters of architectural structures and is a licensed architect. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the roofing industry covering low-slope roof systems, steep-slope roof systems... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Cypress
  Session

10:30am CST

Working with affordable housing programs

Contractors wanted! The Wisconsin Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources administers publicly-funded programs including Home Energy Plus, Community Development Block Grant, and Homebuyer and Rehabilitation Program. Local program providers are seeking qualified contractors to perform residential energy efficiency retrofits and home repair work. Hear current program managers' experiences bidding and working with state and federally-funded programs. DEHCR staff will be on-hand to provide an overview of programs, demystify the procurement process, and answer questions about how you can submit bids. Attend this session to learn how your business can earn a share of this rewarding work.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs

 


Speakers
avatar for Amy Klusmeier

Amy Klusmeier

Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources
Amy started working in weatherization in 2004, performing residential retrofits in southern Wisconsin. She currently serves as the Lead Policy Analyst for the Wisconsin Weatherization Assistant Program. Prior to joining the Department of Administration she was an analyst at the Legislative... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin

La Casa de Esperanza
Patrick has over 15 years’ experience in the energy efficiency industry. All 15 years have been dedicated at non-profit and government agencies, most recently working as a Lead Program and Policy Analyst for the Department of Administration – Division of Energy, Housing and Community... Read More →
avatar for Tim Mather

Tim Mather

West Central Wisconsin Community Action Program
Tim has a bachelor of science in housing studies from the University of Minnesota.  He is the housing and facilities director for West CAP, Inc. in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, for which he is the program director of the Wisconsin Low Income Home Weatherization grant for his agency... Read More →
avatar for Phyllis Novinskie

Phyllis Novinskie

Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program
Phyllis is a program manager for the Housing Energy Programs at Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc. She started employment in 2003 and the first training she attended was regarding the release of the Request for Bids Template for the Weatherization Program.  She... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Tamarind

11:45am CST

Lunch / expo / networking
Thursday February 15, 2018 11:45am - 1:30pm CST
Expo

1:30pm CST

Foundation strategies
Because all soils are wet and cool and concrete wicks water, all foundations need effective water, air and heat flow management strategies. Pests and soil gases are an issue, too. In this session, we will share state-of-the-art strategies for a variety of foundation systems (including full basements, crawlspaces and frost-protected shallow foundation systems) to help maintain a dry comfortable home. 

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits

Speakers
avatar for Gord Cooke

Gord Cooke

Construction Instruction Inc.
Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Ballroom A/H

1:30pm CST

Advancements in window and wall technology

Windows are one of the most important features of a building envelope, allowing us to maintain a connection with the outdoors while we remain comfortable and safe indoors. The window industry has been challenged to deliver see-through products that provide energy efficiency, occupant comfort, safety, beauty and low maintenance. This session will explore the elements of window design for energy performance and look at advancements that have been made to meet ENERGY STAR® target levels for windows and doors.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Ross DePaola

Ross DePaola

Integrated Energy Services/WESTLab
Ross is owner of Integrated Energy Services doing business as WESTLab, a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified simulation laboratory. WESTLab provides window energy performance simulation services to window manufacturers including Andersen Windows, Jeld-Wen and Marvin... Read More →
avatar for Joe Nagan

Joe Nagan

Home Building Technology Services
Joe provides design evaluations, construction management and building failure analysis. He is certified in residential mechanical ventilation design and installation and advanced building science. Joe provides support and training as the technical director for the Focus on Energy... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Aralia/Marula

1:30pm CST

Balanced ventilation: what works for design and performance

In this session, we will discuss heat recovery ventilation and energy recovery ventilation duct design. We’ll look at field findings on how design and installation details apply to performance and call back and service issues. Humidity control and energy and indoor air quality details will be discussed. We’ll demonstrate industry accepted methods of testing air flow on different models of balanced systems. And, we’ll cover controls, operation and homeowner perspectives on ventilation. 

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs


Speakers
avatar for Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Dakota Supply Group
Mike has been involved in the HVAC and energy industry since 1981 and has been involved as a service manager working with all aspects of mini splits at a wholesale house since 1997. He has designed, installed, commissioned and trained on many ducted heat pump mini split systems. Mike... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Guava
  Session

1:30pm CST

Getting higher value for high-performance homes

If you’ve ever been frustrated by the valuation of energy efficient and green real estate, this session is for you. How do real estate appraisers assign value to important energy efficient improvements? This session highlights how energy professionals play an integral role in identifying and quantifying home performance. Learn about the tools appraisers use, including the Appraisal Institute’s Green and Energy Efficient Addendum (May 2017). Attendees will leave with the resources to support builders and homebuyers through appraisal challenges that can increase borrowing power based on the value of high-performance improvements.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jason La Fleur

Jason La Fleur

Eco Achievers
Jason La Fleur directs education programs and helps project teams throughout the upper Midwest build third-party verified green homes that meet LEED and ENERGY STAR standards. Additionally, he chairs the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois chapter’s Residential Green Building... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Wisteria
  Session

1:30pm CST

How to become a leader/owner who creates fast growth

Fast growth is directly correlated to the focus and productivity of a company’s employees. As a leader, learn how to keep yourself laser focused and how to stop being the “Chief Distraction Officer” of your organization. You will learn the one thing each employee should be doing, so your coaching doesn’t distract them but rather keeps them focused on revenue producing activities. 

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jason Forrest

Jason Forrest

Forrest Performance Group
Jason is CEO and Chief Culture Officer at Forrest Performance Group and is a leading authority in culture change programs and an expert at creating high-performance, high-profit, and "Best Place to Work" cultures. As a sales professional, author, speaker, and management coach, Jason’s... Read More →
avatar for Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall

Forrest Performance Group
Mary is a sales expert, coach and professional moderator. Mary Marshall’s background includes online learning, sales, and professional speaking. She helps change behavior and transforms the lives of her clients through teaching award-winning programs. Mary teaches at national conferences... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Mangrove
  Session

1:30pm CST

Improving the performance of concrete flooring

This session will address the need for sealing concrete and the different methods and products used to achieve a properly sealed surface. We'll discuss the ways a concrete surface can be negatively impacted; identify performance needs for different environments; and talk about the methods used to assess qualities of cured concrete. We’ll use samples of concrete treated with several types of sealers to show their resistance to staining and deterioration when they come in contact with different solutions.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott

Artisan Design and Finishing
Jeff has worked in residential and commercial remodeling for 22 years. For the last 15 years he has specialized in decorative concrete castings, concrete polishing and concrete coatings. Jeff owns and operates a business in Mount Horeb, WI dedicated to making beautiful concrete as... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Crown Palm
  Session

1:30pm CST

Optimizing boilers for efficiency and performance

Modulating boilers throttle back output to gain efficiency by operating at lower temperatures. Though the factory setup will work, the installer should change the data points to meet the heating curve for greater efficiency. Learn how to calculate the heating curve and determine the turn down ratio for sizing by considering the output capacity of the emitters and the outdoor temperature range. We will discuss conditions that compromise system performance, including water quality.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Paul LeBreck

Paul LeBreck

Northeast Wisconsin Community Action Program
Paul is a plumbing/HVAC superintendent at NEWCAP Inc. in Oconto, Wisconsin. He graduated from NWTC with a degree in HVAC/R and has been in the HVAC/R field since graduating high school in 1998.
avatar for Robert Parkhurst

Robert Parkhurst

WECC
Robert has been a technical trainer with WECC for over 10 years and in the energy retrofit business for almost 30 years. He has presented on this topic numerous times for the Wisconsin Weatherization Program and at national events. Robert has completed field research on why venting... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Tamarind

1:30pm CST

Primary barrier systems: residential versus commercial
The programming, operation, materials, and means of constructing residential facilities is different than commercial facilities, and the materials that makeup the primary barriers are often different. This session is designed to simplify the primary barriers into three categories (air, thermal, and weather barriers) and discuss the similarities. Once this is accomplished, it becomes clear that the skills required to analyze these systems translates between both types of facilities, which broadens the base of potential projects, clients, scope, and revenue. The analysis of various cladding systems, anchoring mechanisms, air barriers, and insulation systems will be discussed.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits

Speakers
avatar for John Bergman

John Bergman

db|HMS
Trained as a structural engineer, John Bergman has devoted his career to improving building performance and challenging the way industry professionals think about buildings. John has served as a performance consultant on hundreds of residential and commercial buildings and currently... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Cypress

1:30pm CST

The gravity of gravity: water management success

Mother Nature can be harsh and relentless. She rains down on us and as a response we build shelters. Our shelters need to successfully protect us from what Mother Nature throws at us. Proper water management is the number one priority for our homes. Discuss how to keep Mother Nature at bay. She is a formidable opponent and we need solid strategies implemented successfully. We will discuss just that-good ideas and good ideas installed well.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek Architect
Steven is a nationally recognized architect and has been designing and developing custom residential structures for over 24 years. He has designed hundreds of projects across the spectrum of energy performance, comfort, and durability, to include many of the nation’s top energy... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood
  Session

1:30pm CST

Water intrusion into buildings

How does water flow? Let's count the ways. We all know that the three major causes of home structural and operational failures are water, water, and water. We often identify these moisture and water problems. How does a professional engineer approach water intrusion and analyze the problems? How does water really flow? How do engineers explain these problems to insurance companies, attorneys, and irate homeowners? Who is at fault when water damage occurs? How do you avoid these issues? Learn how a professional engineer, legal consultant and home inspector approaches water problems and traces the causes and solutions.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Thomas Feiza

Thomas Feiza

Mr. Fix-It, Inc.
Tom is a professional engineer, home inspector, ASHI certified inspector and a writer. Tom presents technical workshops at national and local educational meetings for home inspectors. He also gives presentations to builders, remodelers, attorneys, homeowners and others with home-related... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CST
Portia

2:45pm CST

Networking break / expo
Thursday February 15, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm CST
Expo

3:15pm CST

Roof system designs
Roof designs must manage water, the load of the roof, air leakage and thermal performance. Many options exist and new products regularly enter the market. Come to this session to learn tricks of the trade that will ensure a long lasting roof on your next high-performance home. We will discuss how hot roof or compact roof assemblies are often viable options during a remodel and make sure you walk away knowing what needs to be done right to ensure a roof system that keeps the rain out while creating a comfortable living space. 

AIA 1.25 LS/HSW, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits

Speakers
avatar for Gord Cooke

Gord Cooke

Construction Instruction Inc.
Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Ballroom A/H

3:15pm CST

Ducted mini splits applications and performance

This session will explore both ductless and ducted mini splits, with a focus on the latter. Performance and operation for cooling and heating will be discussed, with a focus on cold climate heat pump operation. Case studies on basic installations for older homes and on inverter-driven ducted mini-split systems will be shared, highlighting the impact they have on low load, high-performance homes.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Dakota Supply Group
Mike has been involved in the HVAC and energy industry since 1981 and has been involved as a service manager working with all aspects of mini splits at a wholesale house since 1997. He has designed, installed, commissioned and trained on many ducted heat pump mini split systems. Mike... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Guava

3:15pm CST

Air sealing difficult framing structures and inaccessible spaces
This session will focus on unique methods for air sealing the difficult and challenging framing cavities presented in many residential homes, primarily through the process of dense pack insulation techniques. Keith will provide many visual examples of air sealing often hard to reach, yet critical junctures. This session will provide both photo and technical drawings depicting the pressure boundaries and the solutions for ensuring a long lasting air tight seal.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Focus on Energy
Keith is a certified home performance specialist, certified Building Performance Institute building analyst and shell specialist, Residential Energy Services Network certified energy rater and carbon monoxide analyst and a licensed rental unit energy efficiency compliance inspector... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Crown Palm
  Session

3:15pm CST

Digital marketing: five tactics for performance building contractors

This past year has again brought change to digital advertising and lead generation for home performance, HVAC and efficiency businesses. Google launched new products, paid search continues to grow more complex, third-party review is changing, and Facebook continues to dominate our daily lives. This presents opportunities for contractors to improve their lead generation activities and lower marketing costs while growing the business. In this session, we'll bring clarity to this confusing landscape, and show you ways to take advantage of online advertising, review management, Facebook, local search and content marketing.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Peter Troast

Peter Troast

Energy Circle
Peter is an expert in marketing energy efficiency and a leader in the use of social media to drive home performance. As founder and chief executive officer of Energy Circle, he and his team provide services to hundreds of energy efficiency, renewable energy, insulation and HVAC professionals... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Wisteria
  Session

3:15pm CST

Drive profits with increased conversion rates

One thing that separates the top sales professionals from everyone else is their ability to start strong with every prospect. What happens in the first 10 minutes with every prospect controls the outcome of winning or losing the sale. We have all been told that sales is a numbers game; it is not. Sales is a conversion game.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jason Forrest

Jason Forrest

Forrest Performance Group
Jason is CEO and Chief Culture Officer at Forrest Performance Group and is a leading authority in culture change programs and an expert at creating high-performance, high-profit, and "Best Place to Work" cultures. As a sales professional, author, speaker, and management coach, Jason’s... Read More →
avatar for Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall

Forrest Performance Group
Mary is a sales expert, coach and professional moderator. Mary Marshall’s background includes online learning, sales, and professional speaking. She helps change behavior and transforms the lives of her clients through teaching award-winning programs. Mary teaches at national conferences... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Aralia/Marula

3:15pm CST

Energy efficient lighting for a healthy environment

There are so many choices when it comes to lighting buildings. How can you choose lighting that lights the space, is aesthetically appealing, saves energy, and has a positive influence on human health? Midwest Lighting Institute is constantly working to research and teach others best practices. We have lowered fall rates in nursing homes, reduced medical errors in hospitals, and had positive results with special needs students in classrooms.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Tamara Sondgeroth

Tamara Sondgeroth

Emphasis on Energy
Tamara is the former leader of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program and has over 20 years of project management and research development experience. She was the developer of home efficiency programs and has 5 years of experience as municipal utility liaison to residential customers... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Portia
  Session

3:15pm CST

How to detect and reduce moisture in slabs during construction

No matter how fast you construct a building, the concrete slab needs time to cure and dry. Closing a building and installing flooring over damp slabs often results in mold growth, loss of profits, and a damaged reputation. This session will show you how to monitor moisture in the concrete slab and framing that’s in contact with the slab and offer tips to hasten the drying of the slab. This is a solid learning opportunity for project supervisors and company owners.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Cassidy Kuchenbecker

Cassidy Kuchenbecker

Environmental Initiatives of North America, Inc.
Cassidy is a seasoned indoor environmental consultant and microbiologist. He specializes in solving air quality issues with sensitive individuals. His graduate thesis research focused on indoor environments, specifically dampness and microbial growth, and the impact on the immune... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Cypress

3:15pm CST

Sizing heating systems in existing homes

There are many tools available to size a heating system for an existing home: REScheck, Manual J, National Energy Audit Tool, and your basic heating design load spreadsheet. How do you know if the inputs are realistic, reasonable or just a guess? In this session, we will walk through several different methods and explain the pros and cons of each tool, as well as how errors and assumptions affect the size of the proposed heating system. A comparison of the results from each tool will be highlighted for an existing home to include practical parameters for inputs to ensure the contractor is proposing a reasonable size for the home. 

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs


Speakers
avatar for Joe Nagan

Joe Nagan

Home Building Technology Services
Joe provides design evaluations, construction management and building failure analysis. He is certified in residential mechanical ventilation design and installation and advanced building science. Joe provides support and training as the technical director for the Focus on Energy... Read More →
avatar for Robert Parkhurst

Robert Parkhurst

WECC
Robert has been a technical trainer with WECC for over 10 years and in the energy retrofit business for almost 30 years. He has presented on this topic numerous times for the Wisconsin Weatherization Program and at national events. Robert has completed field research on why venting... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Tamarind

3:15pm CST

The OA Awesome House: a case study

Turning a 1927 1,200 sf home into a 3,500 sf home in under four months is no easy feat, let alone in the dead of winter. Achieving 1 ACH with over half the home intact and certifying GreenStar Gold, upped the ante. The house boasts no-VOC finishes, cutting-edge smart home technology, cabinetry from Finland that uses 49% less material and a wall that is so resilient we dubbed it “The Awesome Wall.” This session will review the materials, systems, and process used to achieve our goals. Drawings and specifications for wall sections included, because they are... awesome!

AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Michael Anschel

Michael Anschel

Otogawa-Anschel Design Build
Michael is a nationally recognized expert on green design and building with over 23 years of experience. He writes for various publications and trains and speaks at events around the country. Michael is the owner of OA Design-Build, an award winning and nationally celebrated firm... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Mangrove
  Session

3:15pm CST

Veteran wingnuts! More PSA tape testing
Since the last conference, Peter's done some new head-to-head testing on Huber ZIP/ZIP tape and Georgia-Pacific ForceField sheathing and tape; worked more with both the Durability Lab in Austin and UMass-Amherst Building Construction Technology on adult supervision of Wingnuts; and kept his ears to the ground on issues such as PSA tape leading-edge modifications and tape shelf life. Come see some of the latest testing, bring your own tapes and approaches to testing, and become the latest certified Wingnut. You will get your own wingnut hat!

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHBNARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits

Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

BuildingGreen, Inc.
Peter has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty-five years. He is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts... Read More →


Thursday February 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood
  Session

4:30pm CST

Book signing
Meet conference presenters Thomas Feiza, Mr. Fix-It Inc. and Dave Molenda, Positive Polarity in the Expo from 4:30-5:30 pm Thursday. Thomas will sign "How to operate your home" and "Home systems illustrated." Dave will sign "Growing on purpose." Books will be on hand for purchase.

Thursday February 15, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Expo

4:30pm CST

6:30pm CST

Game night
Grab your lucky ping pong paddle (or use those provided) and socialize with fellow conference gamers after the Better Beer: Better Brats reception in Ballroom B. Bean bag toss, euchre tables and more available. Light snacks and beverages provided.  

Thursday February 15, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom B
 
Friday, February 16
 

7:00am CST

7:00am CST

Expo open
Friday February 16, 2018 7:00am - 12:45pm CST
Expo

7:00am CST

Job Board
There is a new opportunity at the conference, NARI—Madison Chapter will help to facilitate connections between job seekers and hiring companies. To complement their online job board, NARI—Madison Chapter is sponsoring a job board onsite. Job seekers bring your business cards and resumes and hiring companies bring your job postings to the NARI—Madison Chapter Job Board exhibit onsite in the hallway near registration. Contact NARI—Madison Chapter directly with questions and/or to provide job postings in advance. ​You do not need to be a NARI member to participate in the onsite job board.

Friday February 16, 2018 7:00am - 2:30pm CST
Convention Center Lobby

7:00am CST

Registration
Friday February 16, 2018 7:00am - 3:45pm CST
Convention Center Lobby

8:30am CST

Residential design with structural insulated panels (repeat)

Learn the benefits of designing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for residential applications. Builders/contractors and designers will gain a better understanding of application, assembly and detailing to properly use SIPs for optimal energy efficiency and durability. We will use case studies and share design strategies to give you a better understanding of designing and building with SIPs to current industry standards.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Golz

Jonathan Golz

Enercept, Inc. and Golz Enterprises
Jon is the owner of Golz Enterprises, working together to educate builders, designers, bankers, appraisers, engineers and the general public about the values associated with SIP construction. From increased comfort, value and efficiency to lower utility costs and a smaller carbon... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Expo
  Demonstrations

8:30am CST

Estimating and job costing for profit

Estimating is 75% math and 25% art. Each new job has to be looked at through the lens of past jobs and current costs. You need to consider the customer. You need to go back and look at every job to see where you were right and where you were wrong and then adjust the next estimate to reflect your new-found knowledge. You can use square-foot estimating effectively in some circumstances, unit pricing in others, but there is really no substitute for getting prices on the job. We’ll talk about the best approaches to help ensure a profit on every job.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Mark Etrheim

Mark Etrheim

Mastercraft Homes, Inc.
Mark has been the owner of Mastercraft Homes, Inc. for 36 years. Over that time, he has built as many as 30 new homes a year and has completed more than 670 custom homes. Mark is involved in a number of secondary business interests including residential rental businesses, commercial... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Wisteria
  Session

8:30am CST

Forced air heating systems operation and self-diagnostics

Join us to talk about high efficiency forced-air heating systems and to identify the different components and their functions. Participants will have the opportunity to view the system components and ask questions about them. Knowing the sequence of operation and self-diagnostic features of the system will aid in troubleshooting operating issues.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Adrian Scott

Adrian Scott

WECC
Adrian provides on-site training for Wisconsin’s Weatherization Assistance program. He has Building Performance Institute analyst and envelope certifications and is well-versed in all aspects of weatherization including the installation of heating systems and mechanical equipment... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Tamarind

8:30am CST

Leverage social media to increase leads

Today buyers search both your company and your employees on social media before they ever contact you. Learn how to control social media messages to enhance your company brand and your personal brand. Learn what turns buyers off about social media sites and what motivates them to act on their interest and contact you.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall

Forrest Performance Group
Mary is a sales expert, coach and professional moderator. Mary Marshall’s background includes online learning, sales, and professional speaking. She helps change behavior and transforms the lives of her clients through teaching award-winning programs. Mary teaches at national conferences... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Mangrove
  Session

8:30am CST

Moisture and thermal management with continuous insulation

Building codes and green building standards are continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency and high performance in buildings. In wood framed buildings, thermal and moisture management in wall cavities and the air tightness of the enclosure are core components to create advanced building enclosures. We will discuss the need for exterior insulation to manage heat transfer and reduce condensation in exterior walls. Step by step examples will show how to determine the amount of continuous insulation required to meet prescriptive code requirements, depending on climate zone.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualfier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Brian Shores

Brian Shores

Huber Engineered Woods
Brian has a vast array of knowledge that he has acquired over the past 20 years in the construction industry as a business development manager, multifamily sales specialist, technical sales specialist, and through hands on experience as a union carpenter foreman. He has been giving... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Cypress
  Session

8:30am CST

Moisture in the building envelope. Whose problem is it?

This is a photo-driven workshop on real-world failures in the building envelope. You will see documentation of what has failed and how to do it right. Attendees will gain an understanding of several types of cladding and the problems associated with each. We will look at how to identify inadequate installation details and diagnose the subsequent failure of the building envelope. We will discuss application details that meet requirements of manufacturers and building codes. Greater accuracy in identifying potential problems and knowing how to avoid them will reduce potential liability for the homebuilder.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Mark Parlee

Mark Parlee

The Building Consultant
Mark has 41 years of experience in the construction trades. He has extensive knowledge of the building envelope and how the forces of nature affect the building envelope and the interior it protects. He has inspected over $500M worth of buildings and homes in the central Iowa area... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Guava

8:30am CST

Resilient building solutions for a changing climate

In Wisconsin, the effects of climate change will likely impact the systems that heat and cool our homes. Taking into account future climate impacts as we design and construct buildings for the next 50 to 100 years will help occupants be better prepared. Passive Buildings play a key role in resilient design by maintaining livable conditions during emergencies, reducing operational costs, and serving as ‘thermal batteries’ that limit strain on the electrical grid. In this session, we'll share impact studies and discuss building resiliency, Passive Building design and peak load savings as a benefit to the electrical grid.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contracotr Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs


Speakers
avatar for Tony Holub

Tony Holub

Farr Associates
Tony Holub is a Senior Architect with Farr Associates in Chicago. His work has focused extensively on sustainable design, LEED certification, Passive House, and Net Zero Energy initiatives. He is formerly the chair of AIA Iowa's Committee On the Environment (iCOTE) and is an involved... Read More →
avatar for Connor Jansen

Connor Jansen

Seventhwave
Connor provides consulting, design advice, and analysis to help clients achieve exceptional performance within the built environment in the areas of energy, indoor environmental quality, and daylighting. As a member of the Seventhwave team, Connor brings with him robust project experience... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Portia

8:30am CST

The dollars behind the drive for net zero

We've all heard about net zero energy homes and that we should be doing it. This session will provide a platform for the discussion on how to get to net zero and what kind of a budget is required to get there. Various case studies from new construction and renovations will aide in our discussion. Wrangle the concept of net zero into daily reality and attempt to take it to more than just something we should do to something we do.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek Architect
Steven is a nationally recognized architect and has been designing and developing custom residential structures for over 24 years. He has designed hundreds of projects across the spectrum of energy performance, comfort, and durability, to include many of the nation’s top energy... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood
  Session

8:30am CST

The healthy homes market opportunity

Is “healthy building” a more inclusive, broader-reaching term than “green building”? Many in the high-performance building sector believe that healthy homes can become an important new market driver for both new construction and retrofits. In this session, Peter will present his three-year deep dive into the healthy homes opportunity. We will look at what data exists on market demand, see examples of how new construction and retrofit contractors are taking advantage of the demand, and explore what healthy means for your building practices and services.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Peter Troast

Peter Troast

Energy Circle
Peter is an expert in marketing energy efficiency and a leader in the use of social media to drive home performance. As founder and chief executive officer of Energy Circle, he and his team provide services to hundreds of energy efficiency, renewable energy, insulation and HVAC professionals... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Aralia/Marula

9:45am CST

Networking break / expo
Friday February 16, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am CST
Expo

10:15am CST

Building a strategy for your small business

This session will help those involved in the development of a small business to step back and evaluate the organization. Attendees will be asked to identify core competencies and understand their company’s current state of development. They will be challenged to create more depth through diversification and to consider opportunities for stretching their organizations into the future. Participants will be better equipped to achieve and sustain success.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Niemeyer Rens

Rebecca Niemeyer Rens

Rens Concrete, Inc.
Rebecca is the President and co-owner of Rens Concrete Inc., a first generation concrete construction business which was started in 1991. Over the last 26 years, the Company has evolved from a residential flatwork contracting firm to a municipal street paving corporation. Previous... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Wisteria
  Session

10:15am CST

Building science puzzles – large buildings

As a former high school science teacher, Peter often told his students that the difference between magic and science is understanding. Same is true for building science puzzles. In this new round of puzzles, we will focus on larger buildings Peter's worked on over the years. It’s interesting to apply the same building science principles to a whole new slate of buildings!

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

BuildingGreen, Inc.
Peter has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty-five years. He is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood
  Session

10:15am CST

Developing work orders that meet multiple expectations

Call it a work order, punch list or materials list. What is the information needed to successfully complete a project, including budget concerns? For the crew, the work order needs to itemize all materials to ensure that job tasks can be completed. For a contractor, the work order may only be a list of job tasks to complete. For an accountant, the work order may need to itemize actual materials used and the time spent to complete job tasks. Several work order examples will be presented with a discussion of what should be included; pitfalls of including estimates; and ease of creating a work order that helps the crew.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Robert Parkhurst

Robert Parkhurst

WECC
Robert has been a technical trainer with WECC for over 10 years and in the energy retrofit business for almost 30 years. He has presented on this topic numerous times for the Wisconsin Weatherization Program and at national events. Robert has completed field research on why venting... Read More →
avatar for Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program
Ben has worked for Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program’s Weatherization Program since April 1, 2010 as an energy auditor and onsite IT support for agency equipment and software.  In January of 2013, Ben started managing the development of the WORCS database that is... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Tamarind

10:15am CST

How to turn adversity into opportunity

Anyone in this industry who tells you they’ve never struggled is lying. There are times when owning and running a business can be terrifying. There are mistakes made along the way: hiring, accounting, margins, project selection, and everything in between. There are parts of the business that work and parts that don’t. So you wait for them to fail, and then react? Do you burn down the parts that are weak and replace them? How do you make your business resilient? What are the strategies you employ to assess, set the course, and make the change required to keep your business healthy?

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Michael Anschel

Michael Anschel

Otogawa-Anschel Design Build
Michael is a nationally recognized expert on green design and building with over 23 years of experience. He writes for various publications and trains and speaks at events around the country. Michael is the owner of OA Design-Build, an award winning and nationally celebrated firm... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Aralia/Marula

10:15am CST

Insulating concrete forms for residential construction

With the aid of construction detail drawings and site images of past and current projects, this session will show that building with ICFs is just as cost effective as wood construction but with higher benefits. It will also show that ICF construction can meet or exceed minimum state requirements for energy code compliance. We’ll look at actual construction costs of a recently completed home and show how ICFs can compete with wood framing.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Sam Bontrager

Sam Bontrager

Building Foundry
Sam is a partner and owner of Building Foundry, an interdisciplinary design firm with a commitment to design excellence with a focus on building science for a sustainable environment. With over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture, he has designed and lead projects... Read More →
avatar for Manny Umpierre

Manny Umpierre

AMC Foam Technologies Inc. / Logix Insulated Concrete Forms
Mannie has been building with ICFs since 2003 and started working as a Territory Manager for the Logix factory based out of Headingly, MB since 2014. He covers a 7 State territory that stretches from the Rocky Mountains in MT to the UP in MI and into Illinois. He has been involved... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Cypress
  Session

10:15am CST

Managing moisture in residential construction

Our industry is increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, but a building cannot be efficient unless it's durable. In this session we'll discuss challenges in moisture management and durability posed by energy efficient wall systems. A significant amount of research has been conducted on traditional wall systems, leading to water-resistive barrier, drainage, window installation, and flashing recommendations. We will review water management code requirements and how these relate to highly insulated and airtight walls. We’ll also discuss the implications of air barriers and vapor retarders on wall system moisture management and building durability.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
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Mike Hoium

Hallmark Building Supplies Inc
Mike has been a DuPont Senior Certified Tyvek Specialist with Hallmark Building Supplies, Inc for 11 years. As a Senior Certified Tyvek Specialist he is highly trained in structural systems, building envelope physics, indoor environmental quality, window technologies, air and water... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Guava

10:15am CST

Solar for homes in Wisconsin

This session will showcase solar energy for homes in Wisconsin, and make the case that now is the time for builders, contractors and the public to take a new look at solar. The cost of installed solar has declined more than 70% in the past decade, and 600 toi 1,000 homes annually are getting solar electric systems in Wisconsin. When incorporated during new construction, the cost can be even lower, and can be financed with the mortgage. We will de-mystify state rebates and federal tax credits that help reduce up-front expenses.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Tyler Huebner

Tyler Huebner

RENEW Wisconsin
Tyler has been the executive director of RENEW Wisconsin since June 2013 and works to advance renewable energy including solar for residential applications. He is very familiar with the costs and financing of installing solar because he helps run a solar program that helps residents... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Portia

10:15am CST

Your website as a business asset

Many businesses consider a website as no more than a modern yellow pages ad. However, a website can be an enormous asset for building value in a business. We'll look at real-world examples of websites that compete against themselves, learn how lead aggregators control online reputation for builders and contractors, discuss the influence of design on user engagement, and monetize the value of a website. We'll conclude with a list of do-first tips.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Ben Lindberg

Ben Lindberg

Lion Tree Group
As a committed marketing expert for the building products industry, Ben has a unique perspective for both consumer-facing and b2b advertising. He helps companies create and evaluate lead generation activities and my company is particularly skilled in digital media including web design... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CST
Mangrove

11:30am CST

Lunch / expo / networking
Friday February 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm CST
Expo

12:45pm CST

Addressing the labor shortage epidemic

With the construction industry heating up, we are faced with a new challenge-how do we get more done with fewer skilled workers? In this session, we will explore alternatives and discuss ways to grow the next generation of talent in the industry. We'll look at products and methods that create efficiencies and allow us to get more done with the labor we have. We’ll also discuss how to engage and attract new talent.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Jason Blenker

Jason Blenker

Blenker Building Systems
Jason is the president of Blenker Building Systems, a structural building component fabricator, framing subcontractor and materials supplier serving builders throughout the Midwest.


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Wisteria
  Session

12:45pm CST

High-performance enclosures: is the cavity-insulated 2x6 wall dead?

The theory and motivation for the perfect enclosure are clear and simple-place structural elements to the interior where they remain warm and dry, then place the four control layers to the exterior in a way that will be robust, durable, and repairable. We’ll cover principles and best practices for building enclosures that go beyond codes for superior comfort, efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality. We’ll look at a project that uses a cost-effective “perfect wall” system to deliver zero energy ready home performance and discuss a structural system that simplifies and speeds construction, saving enough money to invest in high-performing exterior control layers.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Pat Huelman

Pat Huelman

University of Minnesota
Pat coordinates the Cold Climate Housing program with the University of Minnesota Extension. He is recognized for his systems approach to improving overall home performance. Pat’s focus has been on heat, air, and moisture movement in buildings and he is an expert in building systems... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Cypress
  Session

12:45pm CST

Infrared and weatherization building clinic

Thermal imaging cameras have become common for commercial and residential building inspection. Buildings often exhibit quality and performance problems during construction, remodel and over time that can impact energy performance. Infrared imaging provides remarkable, nondestructive information about construction details and building performance. Applying infrared cameras to the diagnostics of building applications brings opportunities and advantages. We will review some building inspection standards and the implications for thermal imaging. 

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Jay Bowen

Jay Bowen

Bowen & Associates, LLC
Jay’s been involved in the construction trades for more than 40 years. Twenty of which, he’s used and taught infrared thermography in varied applications including building quality control, insulation integrity applications, building moisture intrusion and efficient building science... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Banyan
  Session

12:45pm CST

Mold: a building science approach

When mold problems are discovered in a property, it’s valuation begins plunging towards zero. A proper diagnosis and appropriate repairs and modifications are urgently needed. Waves of public concern have spawned a lucrative mold abatement industry that has fleeced the public and the insurance companies for big bucks. Ridiculous diagnoses and expensive and often ineffective repairs have been the result. This session will take a building science approach. Case studies will demonstrate some common indoor mold problems and dos and don’ts in dealing with them, safely, effectively and affordably.

AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Mac Pearce

Mac Pearce

Consultant
Mac has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He has consulted on mold and moisture problems for over 20 years and has investigated problems in thousands of homes and buildings. He has taught hundreds of classes in his area of expertise. Mac has a scientific... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Tamboti/Aloeswood

12:45pm CST

The buyer-seller dance

In the buyer-seller dance, one party has to lead and one has to follow. As a salesperson, you want to lead the process. The alternative is that the buyer leads you through their buying process, which means you're reacting. Sandler trained salespeople are different; they know how to lead. The Sandler methodology enables salespeople to engage prospects and exchange information with them in an honest, organized and non-manipulative manner that serves the best interests of both parties. In this session, you will learn the seven-step Sandler Selling System and role play techniques you can practice at home.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Wayne Dehn

Wayne Dehn

3D Sandler Training
Wayne is a certified Sandler Trainer with over ten years of sales/management training experience. He is one of those true “you can be anything you want in America” stories. After working in the family business as a electrician, Wayne decided to start his own small business. Wayne... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Mangrove
  Session

12:45pm CST

The future of residential new construction in Wisconsin

Since 1999, Focus on Energy’s residential new construction programs have helped transform the way homes are built in Wisconsin. This session will look at the next generation of residential new construction homes that are safer and more durable, comfortable and energy efficient than homes typically built in Wisconsin. 

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs


Speakers
avatar for Andy Kuc

Andy Kuc

WECC
Andy is the current implementation manager and the primary architect of the Focus on Energy New Homes program. Andy also oversees new homes programs throughout the Midwest. Andy is a Residential Energy Services Network accredited energy rater and a Building Performance Institute certified... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Guava
  Session

12:45pm CST

The next steps on the performance ladder

We all work on projects with clients. All our clients have budgets and dreams. As we develop projects from the common baseline of the code, we look to understand the next steps available to take the project to the next level. We'll discuss the next rung on the ladder of performance and take a look at some case studies as well as local studies to help gain a better understanding of what those next steps are. 

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek

Steven Baczek Architect
Steven is a nationally recognized architect and has been designing and developing custom residential structures for over 24 years. He has designed hundreds of projects across the spectrum of energy performance, comfort, and durability, to include many of the nation’s top energy... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Aralia/Marula

12:45pm CST

Zero energy trends and market insight

The Net-Zero Energy Coalition’s latest survey on residential zero energy in Canada and the U.S., reports major movement toward this high-performance standard and signs of a growing market. This session will provide an update on zero energy residential construction volumes, regional trends and future market projections. Two leading zero energy builders who will share project examples, business insights, and marketing tools.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE Hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Anthony Aebi

Anthony Aebi

Greenhill Contracting Inc.
Anthony has been a builder since 1990. In 2007, he built the first DOE-Rated Net-Zero Energy Home in New York. Since then, he has built 25 additional Net-Zero Energy homes that have been designed and constructed for a life cycle of at least seven generations. Currently Anthony is... Read More →
avatar for Matt Neumann

Matt Neumann

Neumann Companies Inc.
Matt joined Neumann Land Development, his father Mark’s company, after graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2004 and started two new businesses during the ensuing recession: Tim O’Brien Homes—an affiliate company in Pewaukee, Wis., and a recent Silver winner of the... Read More →
avatar for Shilpa Sankaran

Shilpa Sankaran

Net-Zero Energy Coalition
In 2007, Shilpa co-founded a company in San Francisco called ZETA Communities. They were the first modular manufacturer of zero energy buildings in the country. Since then she has become the Executive Director of the Net-Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC). NZEC is dedicated to accelerating... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Portia

12:45pm CST

Zone pressure diagnostics primer

Zone pressure diagnostics are used in many energy efficiency programs, especially for testing of attached garages. During this session you'll gain insight about ZPD testing and take a close at how it’s done and why. We’ll cover the fundamentals of how ZPD testing is completed in residential homes and discuss how ZPD can be used as a tool to prioritize air sealing work and ensure the quality of completed work. We’ll outline the steps required to obtain ZPD test data and share tips on how to interpret zone pressure readings and test results.

AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CE credit, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, GBCI 1 CE hour, IACET 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, RESNET 1.25 PD credits


Speakers
avatar for Cory Chovanec

Cory Chovanec

WECC
Cory is a hands-on energy professional with nearly 20 years of experience in various facets of building performance. He distills technical information and client requirements to crews and sub-contractors to ensure quality work and effective collaboration. Cory leads a variety of WECC’s... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm CST
Tamarind

12:45pm CST

Booth / tabletop exhibitor tear down
Friday February 16, 2018 12:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Convention Center Lobby

2:00pm CST

Networking break
Friday February 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Ballroom

2:30pm CST

Closing plenary - Pioneers in the Heartland

Pioneers in the Heartland

How are regional home developers, builders, architects and high-performance consultants redefining quality construction and communities? Find out during fast-paced presentations that will showcase progressive housing projects completed by forward-thinkers in the Midwest. Real-world examples will be recognized and shared. After brief presentations, keynote presenter Michael Anschel will lead moderated discussion that will incorporate audience participation.

Snacks and beverages will be provided during this closing plenary.


Moderators
avatar for Michael Anschel

Michael Anschel

Otogawa-Anschel Design Build
Michael is a nationally recognized expert on green design and building with over 23 years of experience. He writes for various publications and trains and speaks at events around the country. Michael is the owner of OA Design-Build, an award winning and nationally celebrated firm... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Cain

Kelly Cain

St. Croix Institute LLC
Kelly is the founder and principal of the St Croix Institute LLC, and recent spin-off of LICO2etm (gbc) – dba ‘Locally Invested Carbon Offsets’ – a public benefit corporation under MN state statute.  Kelly has a long history of diversified clients and disruptive initiatives... Read More →
avatar for Tony Holub

Tony Holub

Farr Associates
Tony Holub is a Senior Architect with Farr Associates in Chicago. His work has focused extensively on sustainable design, LEED certification, Passive House, and Net Zero Energy initiatives. He is formerly the chair of AIA Iowa's Committee On the Environment (iCOTE) and is an involved... Read More →
avatar for Elden Lindamood

Elden Lindamood

Wagner Zaun Architecture
Elden Lindamood is an architect at Wagner Zaun Architecture, a design firm in Duluth, Minnesota, that specializes in low-energy, passive solar, and sustainable projects. In the last 10+ years with the firm, Elden has designed and worked on numerous low-load and Net-Zero Energy homes... Read More →
avatar for Bryant Moroder

Bryant Moroder

Baum Revision
For the past three years, Bryant has spearhead the Baum Revision development of the Garver Feed Mill, a $17M restoration project of the historic building in Madison, WI. He has spent his over 15 years working with and for organizations, clients and partners to deliver effective and... Read More →
avatar for Matt Neumann

Matt Neumann

Neumann Companies Inc.
Matt joined Neumann Land Development, his father Mark’s company, after graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2004 and started two new businesses during the ensuing recession: Tim O’Brien Homes—an affiliate company in Pewaukee, Wis., and a recent Silver winner of the... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST
Ballroom A/H