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Monday, March 9
 

7:00am

Registration
Monday March 9, 2020 7:00am - 7:00pm
Convention center lobby

8:30am

Pre-conference session: Getting to zero with Passive House
Passive building highlights the efficiency-first path to a net-zero energy building. The PHIUS+ standard provides cost-optimized efficiency targets, guiding the designer to the sweet spot between energy conservation versus generation, on the path to zero. Attendees will learn the key performance criteria for PHIUS+ 2018 Certification, understand the development of these targets, and take away the design methodology to achieve this. The session will also cover the capabilities of WUFI Passive, the energy modeling tool used to guide the design and verify compliance with PHIUS+ performance targets.

AIA 6.5 LU, ASHI 6 CECs, BPI 6.5 CEUs, DSPS 6.5 CEUs towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 6.5 CEUs, PHIUS 6.5 CPHC CEUs, RESNET 6.5 PD Credits

Speakers
avatar for Lisa White

Lisa White

Passive House Institute US
Lisa White has been with Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) since 2012 and currently serves as the project certification manager. She is also an instructor for Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) and WUFI Passive software trainings. White holds a degree in Environmental Sustainability... Read More →


Monday March 9, 2020 8:30am - 4:30pm
Aralia/Marula

10:00am

3:00pm

3:00pm

 
Tuesday, March 10
 

7:00am

7:00am

Expo open
Tuesday March 10, 2020 7:00am - 6:30pm
Expo

7:00am

Registration
Tuesday March 10, 2020 7:00am - 6:30pm
Convention center lobby

8:30am

Opening general session
Sam Rashkin, Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry
Why housing disruption is coming to a housing industry near you
Virtually every major industry has experienced, or is in the process of experiencing, massive disruption. Think retail, personal transportation, automobiles, computing, music, photography, media, and the list goes on and on. Housing has been able to sit on the sidelines with its first-cost dominated business model and uniquely disaggregated industry…but not for much longer. That’s because there are five crises making disruption an imperative and four disruptions that will transform an industry totally resistant to change. Will you be ready?

Justin Wilson, Construction Instruction
The only constant is change – turn up the pace of innovation 
Change can impact our business in many ways, but in most every instance, it can be a positive. We will examine Justin’s nearly 30 year journey through the home building industry and discover what changed to improve the energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, and comfort of our houses. We are certain that new houses will be constructed to be net zero energy users in the coming years, with a greater attention to building resiliency and multi-generational occupancy. Many of these trends will impact the remodeling industry as well, while our existing housing stock falls further behind the new homes of the future. We know the science and we have the materials and tools to create zero-energy, zero-defect-homes that are nearly cost neutral in the process, the next step is to simply do it.


Speakers
avatar for Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry
Sam is the author of the book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience. Sam brings the lessons from this book to housing executives... Read More →
avatar for Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Construction Instruction
Justin Wilson works with national and regional builders on new construction of residential and commercial buildings and forensic investigations on building sites all over North America. He finds solutions to problems in the building processes that affect energy, comfort, and durability... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am
Ballroom (doors open at 8 am)

10:00am

Demonstration lab
Come with your advanced building questions and get real-time feedback from home building experts in the Demo Lab. Experience hands-on demonstrations to help you troubleshoot advanced building issues.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am
Expo

10:00am

Networking break/expo
Visit the expo hall for hands-on demos with national experts

Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am
Expo

10:30am

Detailing continuity in building enclosure systems with an integrated weather resistant barrier panel system
This session explores the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure. Explore methods for identifying areas where continuity can be disrupted and solutions for maintaining control layer continuity. We will conclude with a live demonstration of how to properly tape and detail the seams, penetrations, and windows on an Integrated WRB Panel System.

This session will be repeated on Wednesday, March 11 from 8:30-9:45 AM.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Expo

10:30am

Applied window installation demonstration
This session will provide an overview of common window installation methods in residential new construction. We will review animated construction details and members of the audience will collaborate with the presenter to install a window with proper flashing materials, sealants, and weather barrier on a mock-wall assembly.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Construction Instruction
Justin Wilson works with national and regional builders on new construction of residential and commercial buildings and forensic investigations on building sites all over North America. He finds solutions to problems in the building processes that affect energy, comfort, and durability... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Aralia/Marula

10:30am

Building products and systems: the good, the bad, the ugly
New building products and systems crop up like both sturdy trees and annoying weeds. Sometimes it is not so easy to tell the difference. Peter has been evaluating building products and systems for more than 30 years. He will lay out a "protocol" for evaluating building materials and then apply that lens to new products and even his Wingnut testing. You will be encouraged to offer insights on new products as well.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Building-Wright
Peter Yost is the sole proprietor of Building-Wright in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, renovating, researching, and consulting on high performance homes for more than thirty years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management, material properties, field testing... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Tamarind/Guava

10:30am

Build a winning team
Every leader understands that their people make the difference in order to achieve a successful business in a competitive environment.  In this session, you will learn what it takes to recruit, coach and retain top talent who work together as one team for one dream!

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Derrick Carter

Derrick Carter

BizAdjust
Derrick has a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has been in sales and marketing for over 35 years and the construction industry for 20 years. He has helped companies build winning teams through recruiting, training and... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Mangrove

10:30am

Infrared puzzler
Join Jay as he discusses how to inspect building envelopes with thermal imaging technology. He will cover validation of structural details, verification of energy performance (conduction and air leakage), location of moisture intrusion, and identification of structural and system degradation of roofs and facades. Jay will provide examples for each application and describe the necessary basic conditions. You will be challenged to solve puzzles based on IR image and case study details.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHBNARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET


Speakers
avatar for Jay Bowen

Jay Bowen

Bowen & Associates, LLC
Jay has been involved in the electrical construction trades since 1977 and has an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology. Jay holds a Wisconsin Masters Certificate, Wisconsin Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification, and a Wisconsin State designer’s license in electrical... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Tamboti/Aloeswood

10:30am

Residential mechanical ventilation systems 2.0
There are an increasing number of building codes, energy programs, and industry groups calling for whole-house mechanical ventilation systems, yet the subject is seldom given much attention even when required by building code! Do home builders and home owners really understand why systems are required? In many cases, some of the most practical systems can also be some of the most cost-effective, and contribute to better indoor air quality. In this session we will discuss best practices, system design requirements, and look at an updated group of mechanical system options and controls.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Joe Nagan

Joe Nagan

Home Building Technology Services, LLC
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 →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Cypress

10:30am

Staying savvy: evolving with today's digital marketing strategies
Digital marketing has become a beast unto itself with constantly changing platforms, new technologies, privacy concerns and more. Keeping pace with today's digital marketing and advertising platforms is a marketer's top challenge. From SEO to social, web to paid media, learn how to stay savvy, refresh your strategy, and predict what's next in the big wide web of online marketing.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Heather Mangold

Heather Mangold

Mangold Creative
As a marketing, strategy and business leader, Heather’s highlights include research, brand development, communications, and creative marketing execution. With more than 20 years of experience, she has served many industries — construction, service, healthcare, non-profit, retail... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Portia

10:30am

Transparency: estimating in the modern era
The remodeling and building world is finally catching up with modern industry and the importance of understanding and embracing transparency. If you use 1.45 or 1.68 multipliers to determine project cost after COGS, you are doing it wrong. You are using a sloppy methodology to do precision work. You are like a surgeon with a chainsaw. This session teaches you how to radically improve your estimating method, improve your net profit, improve your company’s health, correctly identify area for improvement and growth, and position your company ahead of the competition. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of character.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

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 →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Wisteria

10:30am

Getting it done: net zero homes to meet local climate goals (Extended session)
Cities and counties across Wisconsin are setting community-wide climate goals—goals to eliminate carbon emissions from all sources by 2050. The goals are relevant to builders because a home built today will still be part of the picture (good or bad) in 2050. This two-part session is an opportunity to learn about the goals and priorities local governments are setting and then, in the second part, to help co-create strategies that work for all stakeholders—builders and contractors as well as local governments and residents. If you’ve ever said “I wish someone had talked to us before they mandated X,” then you should be in this two-part session, helping to shape the future.

CREDITS:
AIA 2.5 LUs, ASHI 2 CECs, BPI 2.5 CEUS, DSPS 2.5 CEUs towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 2.5 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot receive partial credit for attending the first or last half of an extended session. If you need continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire session in order to receive credits.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Ritchie

Patrick Ritchie

City of Eau Claire
Patrick Ritchie is currently working with the City of Eau Claire as an energy and sustainability intern as well as completing a B.S. degree in sustainable management from the University of Wisconsin. In his early 20’s,  prior to his time with the City, he spent 5 years working... Read More →
avatar for Erick Shambarger

Erick Shambarger

City of Milwaukee
Erick is the director of environmental sustainability for the City of Milwaukee, where he leads the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO). ECO was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to develop practical solutions that benefit Milwaukee’s environment and economy. Erick oversees implementation... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Kuntz

Kathy Kuntz

Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change
Kathy Kuntz is a climate specialist with Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. Kathy has almost 30 years of experience influencing consumers, businesses, and communities to adopt sustainable practices and technologies. Her work spans energy and water efficiency, transportation... Read More →
avatar for Ernest Stevens

Ernest Stevens

Oneida Nation
Ernest has over 16 years of marketing, communications, public relations, tourism, economic development, and multi-media production experience. A recent recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's 40 Under 40 Award, Ernest has been recognized on a... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:30am - 2:45pm
Crown Palm

11:45am

Demonstration lab
Come with your advanced building questions and get real-time feedback from home building experts in the Demo Lab. Experience hands-on demonstrations to help you troubleshoot advanced building issues.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 11:45am - 1:30pm
Expo

11:45am

Lunch/expo/networking
Visit the expo hall for hands-on demos with national experts.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 11:45am - 1:30pm
Expo

1:30pm

Structural insulated panels: more than just single-family dwellings
Are you aware of all the benefits of building with structural insulated panels (SIPs)? Join us to understand the basics and how they contribute to sustainable design and energy efficiency. We will focus on the commercial applications of SIPs and how they can contribute to better indoor air quality. You will view a time lapse video of SIP construction and get all your questions answered on how to improve your SIP practices.

This session will be repeated on Wednesday, March 11 from 10:15-11:30 AM.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jon Golz

Jon 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 →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Expo

1:30pm

Deep energy retrofit strategies for aging homes
Our nation's housing stock in in peril as homeowners are increasingly challenged financially to maintain and upgrade their homes. Upgrades are badly needed as our housing stock average age approaches 40 years. However, deep energy retrofits are not for the faint of heart. There are plenty of minefields along the way that can undermine goals for improved efficiency, durability, comfort, health and safety. This session will identify the risks and technical challenges of deep energy retrofit strategies.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry
Sam is the author of the book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience. Sam brings the lessons from this book to housing executives... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom A/H

1:30pm

Addressing radon in the home
Exposure to radon gas is considered to be the second leading environmental cause of lung cancer, accounting for an estimated 20,000 deaths a year in the United States. In this session, we will discuss what radon gas is and how it is measured. You will learn the mechanism of radon entry into buildings and how building pressures affect it. You will leave with an understanding of the precautionary measures available to address radon gas in homes.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET  

Speakers
avatar for Dick Kornbluth

Dick Kornbluth

Dick Kornbluth, LLC
Almost 40 years ago, Dick and a partner started EnTherm, Inc, a retrofit insulation company. The company added radon mitigation to its services early on. Dick wrote the training manual and conducted contractor training for a utility-sponsored low-income weatherization program that... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

1:30pm

Air source heat pumps: lessons learned from over five years of installed monitoring
Over 40% of Midwest homes use delivered fuels or electricity as their primary space heating fuel. Cold-climate air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are an ideal candidate for these homes, however, installations have been slow due to lack of familiarity with this technology. This presentation will share research findings from the Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study including detailed data monitoring of ASHP installed in Minnesota homes.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Isaac Smith

Isaac Smith

Center for Energy and Environment
Isaac Smith has been with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) since 2011. Isaac manages program development activities for the residential department. This includes managing pilot programs and projects, completing research and white papers, and drafting business plans. He... Read More →
avatar for Alex Haynor

Alex Haynor

Center for Energy and Environment
Alex is a research analyst with the research department and has worked at the Center for Energy and Environment since 2010. He has worked on various residential and commercial research projects, performing the installation of monitoring equipment and data analysis. He has a B.S. in... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wisteria

1:30pm

Build your brand
Your brand image defines everything about your business and how your employees, customers, vendors and competitors perceive your market position. In this session, you will learn how to build your brand with a unique value proposition, marketing and communication strategies.  

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET


Speakers
avatar for Derrick Carter

Derrick Carter

BizAdjust
Derrick has a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has been in sales and marketing for over 35 years and the construction industry for 20 years. He has helped companies build winning teams through recruiting, training and... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Mangrove

1:30pm

Cladding types and advanced attachment techniques
This session will provide an overview of the various cladding types for above-grade exterior walls in residential construction. Due to the increased levels of insulation and tight construction methods, there is a greater need for exterior cladding systems to provide additional drainage and drying capabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of free-draining spaces (aka "rain screens"), and which cladding systems benefit most from this application.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Construction Instruction
Justin Wilson works with national and regional builders on new construction of residential and commercial buildings and forensic investigations on building sites all over North America. He finds solutions to problems in the building processes that affect energy, comfort, and durability... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Aralia/Marula

1:30pm

Healthier building options
Continue on your interactive journey with John and Jonathan to better understand the basics of going beyond green building to healthier building practices. This journey will take the next step in materials selection and how indoor air quality affect our everyday lives. Learn simple alternatives in the material selection process to create a healthier indoor air environment for your clients.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for John Atlee

John Atlee

Step Beyond Green to Healthy
John has been with Water Doctors for over nine years in the water treatment industry. He has specialized in residential and commercial treatment needs for large custom projects to filling the needs of tiny homes. In the residential world, he has been involved with helping chemically... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan  Synovic

Jonathan Synovic

Step Beyond Green to Healthy
Jonathan founded Step Beyond Green to Healthy in 2011 with the goal to help people achieve their goals, regardless of how hard it may be. He has experience in owning two companies, designing residential and commercial construction projects, writing specifications, managing projects... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Tamarind/Guava

1:30pm

Healthy homes and home performance: making the homeowner connection
One of the greatest challenges the home performance industry faces is how to connect consumer demand for healthy homes with private market opportunities for home performance improvement. The demand for and awareness of healthy homes continues to grow, but few homeowners connect health issues with the systems that make up their home. Peter Troast will explain the trajectory of the healthy homes movement within home performance, and consumer trends supported by first-party statistics and market intelligence. He will unpack how contractors can bridge this communication gap with homeowners, and the foundations of a healthier home business and marketing strategy. This presentation will also offer contractors the opportunity to ask questions and receive industry- and situationally-specific perspective and feedback regarding their communications challenges.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Portia

2:45pm

Demonstration lab
Come with your advanced building questions and get real-time feedback from home building experts in the Demo Lab. Experience hands-on demonstrations to help you troubleshoot advanced building issues.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Expo

2:45pm

Networking break/expo
Visit the expo hall for hands-on demos with national experts.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Expo

3:15pm

REALIZE Project: industrialized zero energy retrofits
Existing buildings will have to be retrofitted to low/zero energy use on a large scale to mitigate climate change in the building sector. REALIZE is a research project created by the Rocky Mountain Institute, Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), and the Net Zero Energy Coalition to evaluate the transfer-ability of the successful exterior retrofit Energiesprong model from the Netherlands. The goal is to evaluate the U.S. building stock and to identify exterior industrialized panel retrofit solutions that will make it more cost effective to upgrade existing multifamily buildings to low/zero energy. This presentation will report on solutions, optimization strategies, progress, and next steps on the first pilot project in Boston, Massachusetts.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Katrin Klingenberg

Katrin Klingenberg

Passive House Institute US
Katrin is a licensed architect in Germany. She worked for Murphy/Jahn and SCB in Chicago. In 2003, she designed and completed the first home to meet passive house standards in the United States. She has designed and consulted on numerous passive building projects across North America’s... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom A/H

3:15pm

Building clean: finding efficient, healthy, and locally made building products for your next project
The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation has a free tool to help everyone, from building professionals to consumers, find energy efficient housing products that are healthy and made locally. Building Clean offers an easy-to-use interface to help you identify products that meet customer demands and certification requirements for healthy, American-made, energy, and water efficient products. The database includes more than 4,500 U.S. facilities manufacturing building products. Dana will walk through how to use the Building Clean database in the context of meeting criteria for an Enterprise Green Communities project. She will also discuss chemical content, hazards, and health certifications associated with certain building products.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Dana Parker

Dana Parker

BlueGreen Alliance Foundation
Dana currently serves as the national program manager for the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and works on their Building Clean project team where she educates housing stakeholders, including building owners, contractors, architects, and non-profit/government housing organizations... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Wisteria

3:15pm

Building your data intelligence
Your reports tell the story of how well you are running your business. In this session, you will learn why it is important to analyze your key performance indicators (KPIs) which will help you identify strengths and weakness. You will then learn how to implement counter measures to improve productivity and efficiency.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Derrick Carter

Derrick Carter

BizAdjust
Derrick has a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has been in sales and marketing for over 35 years and the construction industry for 20 years. He has helped companies build winning teams through recruiting, training and... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Mangrove

3:15pm

Constructing exterior double walls
We will take an in-depth look at two methods of constructing exterior double walls. The first will be an interior bearing wall with an exterior Larson truss as used on the certified Passivhaus and the "almost passive house.” The second will be an exterior bearing wall with a more commonly framed interior wall that is being used on a current project. We will discuss the pros and cons of each system and focus on framing differences, air sealing, and moisture control. We will also cover differences in the insulating process, code issues, extra costs for the customer, and long-term energy savings.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Driftless HomeWrights
Dan has been building and designing homes for more than 25 years and specializes in delivering energy efficiency at a reasonable cost. He is a fully certified energy rater and works with the ENERGY STAR program for both new construction and existing homes. For the last 10 years he... Read More →
avatar for David Romary

David Romary

Driftless HomeWrights
David has been building and designing homes for more than 25 years and specializes in delivering energy efficiency at a reasonable cost. He is a fully certified energy rater and works with the ENERGY STAR program for both new construction and existing homes. For the last 10 years... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tamarind/Guava

3:15pm

Foundation systems: thermal control, moisture control, and connections
This session will provide an overview of foundation systems, including strategies for management of bulk water, capillary water movement, vapor drive, and thermal control. During this session we will explore the ideal placement of capillary breaks, vapor barriers, and thermal insulation on foundations. We will also discuss the interface between exterior foundation insulation and above-grade walls.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Construction Instruction
Justin Wilson works with national and regional builders on new construction of residential and commercial buildings and forensic investigations on building sites all over North America. He finds solutions to problems in the building processes that affect energy, comfort, and durability... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Aralia/Marula

3:15pm

If you are sued, will your insurance pay?
Today's insurance marketplace has many business insurance options for homebuilders, however, some of them provide much less coverage than others. We will discuss what to look for in an insurance contract, understanding your risk, and questions you should ask your agent to understand their role in your business.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Paul Seitz

Paul Seitz

R&R Insurance Services Inc.
Paul has 25 years of commercial insurance experience with R&R Insurance in Waukesha. His clients include most of the larger single family builders in the Milwaukee market and he also insures numerous subcontractors and material suppliers. He has direct experience in numerous construction... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Portia

3:15pm

Planning and budgeting for hybrid radiant based HVAC systems
Using four case studies, we will discuss truths and myths of costing radiant based cooling and heating systems. The program is designed to help builders and remodelers understand the planning and budgeting steps for the very simple systems to the complex systems. We will also define what contractors and clients should expect from initial consultations, project planning, and mechanical documentation.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET


Speakers
avatar for Robert Bean

Robert Bean

Uponor
Robert Bean is a registered engineering technologist in building construction and a professional licensee in mechanical engineering. He is president of Indoor Climate Consulting Inc. and director of www.healthyheating.com. Bean is a past, two-term ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Cypress

3:15pm

Residential indoor air quality
Learn about the health impacts associated with, and typical sources of, specific residential indoor air pollutants. This session will cover effective techniques to address these contaminants and their relationship to current energy retrofit methodology. We will also discuss common household contaminants and their impact on occupant health.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Nate Price

Nate Price

Indoor Climate Research and Training
Nate is currently a trainer at Indoor Climate Research and Training in Champaign, Illinois.  He has been with the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program for over five years, where he has played numerous roles including retrofit installer, assessor, quality control inspector... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Overman

Bryan Overman

Indoor Climate Research and Training
Bryan has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years, with project management experience throughout a variety of applications including medical facilities and educational institutions.  His background in plumbing and HVAC, and his work with energy performance, have led... Read More →


Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

4:30pm

Demonstration lab
Come with your advanced building questions and get real-time feedback from home building experts in the Demo Lab. Experience hands-on demonstrations to help you troubleshoot advanced building issues.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Expo

4:30pm

5:30pm

Passive House Alliance - Wisconsin Chapter: Meet and Greet
Stop by to meet PHA-Wisconsin members, find out how to get involved, learn about upcoming passive house courses, and get your questions answered.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Mangrove

6:30pm

Game night/Band
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/G. Bean bag toss, euchre tables, shuffleboard and more available. Light snacks and beverages provided.

New this year:  Slipstream's house band, Turbulence, will be performing from 7:30-8:30 pm. From the Beatles to the Clash to Billy Joel to Green Day, we rock your favorites with class and sass. Get ready to party!

Tuesday March 10, 2020 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Ballroom B/G
 
Wednesday, March 11
 

7:00am

7:00am

Expo open
Wednesday March 11, 2020 7:00am - 12:45pm
Expo

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday March 11, 2020 7:00am - 3:45pm
Convention center lobby

8:30am

Detailing continuity in building enclosure systems with an integrated weather resistant barrier panel system (REPEAT)
This session explores the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure. Explore methods for identifying areas where continuity can be disrupted and solutions for maintaining control layer continuity. We will conclude with a live demonstration of how to properly tape and detail the seams, penetrations, and windows on an Integrated WRB Panel System.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHBNARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Expo

8:30am

Cathedral roof venting deep dive and demo
Last year, we demonstrated the Wingnut Roof Vent Testing on a small demonstration rig. Although the two-by-four easel rig revealed quite a bit about cathedral roof venting, it brought up the question of how it compares to real roofs. This session will show you how the demo rig has been improved. You will witness a theatrical fogger demo that will reveal what happens on real roofs for vented cathedral roof assemblies. You will understand how roof slope, depth of vent chute, orientation, and type of ridge vent all affect if and how much air is actually venting.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Building-Wright
Peter Yost is the sole proprietor of Building-Wright in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, renovating, researching, and consulting on high performance homes for more than thirty years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management, material properties, field testing... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom A/H

8:30am

Best practices of minisplit/multisplit heat pumps from retrofit to new homes
Heat pumps, especially the highly efficient ductless mini/multi split systems, have seen rapid growth in consumer interest. Utility efficiency programs are banking on huge energy savings due to the capabilities of the inverter compressor. While sales are growing at a furious pace, there remains a gap in knowledge with this technology across the industry. We will bridge the gap and answer your questions on topics like: current misconceptions, industry trends, diverse and flexible applications in retrofit scenarios, as well as many more.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Kevin DeMaster

Kevin DeMaster

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
Kevin DeMaster is manager of utility and efficiency programs with Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC. Since 2014 his focused attention supports utilities and implementers of energy efficiency, demand response, and beneficial electrification for residential and commercial energy efficiency... Read More →
avatar for Mike Schaefer

Mike Schaefer

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
Mike has been in the HVAC Industry since 2005 and has worked on all levels including contracting, distribution, and manufacturing. Mike joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2014 as commercial area manager before transitioning to a residential area sales manager, both for the Chicago market... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Wisteria

8:30am

Building fortified homes to IBHS standards
Do you know the Institute of Business and Home Safety has a Fortified Build program to ensure a home or business is more disaster-safe? FORTIFIED Home™ is a set of engineering and building standards designed to help strengthen new and existing homes through system-specific building upgrades that will reduce damage from specific natural hazards. Brian will share how and why they did it at their Habitat for Humanity affiliate, what the costs were, and what strategies they carried forward after constructing the first Certified Fortified Gold home in Minnesota.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Lou Behrens

Lou Behrens

Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity
After more than 30 years in corporate engineering, Lou retired and now does independent private consulting and is a builder for Habitat for Humanity. As a part of this he has developed a deep interest in sustainable building, primarily in residential structural strength. The Habitat... Read More →
avatar for Brian Wimmer

Brian Wimmer

Franklin Energy
Brian has been in the building and remodeling industry for 40 years, and the last 14 as the construction manager for the Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity. During the past couple of years he has developed their Build to Zero Energy Ready Home program and constructed the first Certified... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Portia

8:30am

Demystifying digital marketing
The digital advertising and lead generation landscape has changed dynamically as it affects home performance and HVAC businesses. Google continues to launch new products, paid search continues to grow more complex, the third-party review landscape is constantly changing, and Facebook retains its dominant place in many homeowners’ daily lives. Peter will bring clarity to the rapidly-paced digital marketing landscape and show you simple ways to take advantage of digital marketing tools. He will conduct a real-world investigation into the balancing act of cost per lead and cost per acquisition and how to calculate your ideal marketing spend to ensure ROI within industry standards. You will learn how to maintain a winning digital marketing presence, ensuring that you improve your lead generation, and grow your business.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, NAHBNARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Mangrove

8:30am

How to run a home building business
Are you a new home builder wondering what tools are available to help you stay organized and become more profitable? Join Mark during this session as he shares a sample of forms and programs he uses to reach his goals and stay organized.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Aralia/Marula

8:30am

Residential remodeling and current code issues
This session highlights the Wisconsin single family Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC). Discover code violations that we encounter daily when performing inspections. James will cover almost all aspects of the code from footing, foundation, and insulation issues, to framing items that pop up especially when they uncover old damaged items or over drilled joists and studs. You will view pictures from current jobs that show these issues and audience participation is encouraged.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, 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, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for James Sjolander

James Sjolander

City of Madison
James has been a residential and commercial building code inspector for the City of Madison for the last ten years. He has been teaching building code for the last ten years to building contractors, mechanical contractors, architects, engineers, fire suppression specialists, and other... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Tamarind/Guava

8:30am

Tuck-under garage retrofits
Tuck-under garages present unique challenges and attention to detail when completing upgrades such as adding insulation or air sealing. Creating separation between the garage and the living space as well as effective insulation that won’t settle requires proper equipment, technique, and materials. Join this session to learn more about insulation machine setup, material options, and take a deep dive into a recent garage retrofit project.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Cory Chovanec

Cory Chovanec

Slipstream
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 Slipstream's... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Tamboti/Aloeswood

9:45am

Demonstration lab
Come with your advanced building questions and get real-time feedback from home building experts in the Demo Lab. Experience hands-on demonstrations to help you troubleshoot advanced building issues.

Wednesday March 11, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am
Expo

9:45am

Networking break/expo
Visit the expo hall for hands-on demos with national experts.

Wednesday March 11, 2020 9:45am - 10:15am
Expo

10:15am

Structural insulated panels: more than just single-family dwellings (REPEAT)
Are you aware of all the benefits of building with structural insulated panels (SIPs)? Join us to understand the basics and how they contribute to sustainable design and energy efficiency. We will focus on the commercial applications of SIPs and how they can contribute to better indoor air quality. You will view a time lapse video of SIP construction and get all your questions answered on how to improve your SIP practices.  

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHBNARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jon Golz

Jon 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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Expo

10:15am

Design that works for you
Design is what separates pedestrian from awesome. Design is what you do, and you should be profiting from it. Time to stop giving away your design, and get paid to develop great design (that will make your production team happy as well). This session will take a hard look at the business of having a profitable design department. From contracts to drawings to specs and billing, we will share our tools to let you get back to the business of designing awesome spaces!

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Portia

10:15am

Carbon based lifeforms creating zero carbon buildings
In the next decade, more than 6,000 cities, states, and provinces around the world will try to do something that has eluded humanity for 50 years: reduce carbon emissions. But at our rate of urbanization, we’re building the equivalent of a city the size of New York every five weeks. Ideas that seem crazy today will seem sane in ten years. During this session, we will take an inspirational look at the global crises facing the world and a variety of ways to transform your business to adapt to a warmer, wetter world. Learn how to link design to outcome and uncover new ways to expand your business. Hear from an award-winning architect and author in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the near future.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed

Morrison Hershfield
Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As sustainability disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn't know were holding them back. He was founding principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Mangrove

10:15am

Design and performance of exterior walls using stone wool exterior insulation
To meet the increasing thermal requirements in energy codes, the use of continuous exterior insulation is often no longer an option but required. We will review options for continuous insulation in both residential and commercial applications and classify installation solutions based on advanced thermal modeling. We will discuss screw-through installation methods as indicated through validated industry research and analyze the durability performance of exterior insulation solutions by means of hygrothermal modeling. We will also cover case studies showing solutions using stone wool insulation.  

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Antoine Habellion

Antoine Habellion

ROCKWOOL
Antoine Habellion, M.Eng, M.A.S., is the manager of the building science department of ROCKWOOL North America, where the main focus of his work, apart from the team management, entails managing building enclosure research projects related to energy efficiency, enclosure performance... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Wisteria

10:15am

Design features of energy efficient gas furnaces
Efficiency gains on both gas and electrical consumption can be achieved when installing multi-stage furnaces that meet new federal furnace-fan efficiency standards. A multi-stage furnace operates much the same way as a single stage furnace, except that the amount of heat it provides is not always at the higher design rate for the coldest day of the year. Fan efficiency is gained by replacing traditional PSC motors with one of two types of ECM motors: constant airflow or constant torque. Learn how these technologies are typically packaged together by manufacturers and how they can reduce energy costs and increase comfort for occupants.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Robert Parkhurst

Robert Parkhurst

Slipstream
Robert has been a technical trainer with Slipstream 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... Read More →
avatar for Scott Pigg

Scott Pigg

Slipstream
Scott is a nationally recognized expert in residential energy research and energy efficiency program evaluation. Over the past 28 years, he has implemented field studies investigating various aspects of space heating, air conditioning, water heating and plug-load energy use, and has... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Tamboti/Aloeswood

10:15am

New construction UDC code issues
This session highlights the Wisconsin single family Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC). Discover code violations that we encounter daily when we are performing inspections. James will cover almost all aspects of the code from footing and foundation issues, alternative footing options, framing issues from point loading to trusses and wall bracing, new products that are now available to make framing issues easier to accommodate, deck problems that we see and insulation and energy code problems in new construction of homes. Pictures from current jobs that show the issues we encounter will be shared and audience participation is encouraged.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for James Sjolander

James Sjolander

City of Madison
James has been a residential and commercial building code inspector for the City of Madison for the last ten years. He has been teaching building code for the last ten years to building contractors, mechanical contractors, architects, engineers, fire suppression specialists, and other... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Tamarind/Guava

10:15am

Selling healthy and setting yourself apart
In this session join John and Jonathan as they discuss how to start the conversation with your client regarding the benefits of building a healthy home. Discover how providing healthier building options could benefit your company and how talking through the actual jobsite could improve the indoor air environment not only for your client but for your whole team. Selling healthy is filling a niche market and we want to help you make a difference in your client's life.  

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for John Atlee

John Atlee

Step Beyond Green to Healthy
John has been with Water Doctors for over nine years in the water treatment industry. He has specialized in residential and commercial treatment needs for large custom projects to filling the needs of tiny homes. In the residential world, he has been involved with helping chemically... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan  Synovic

Jonathan Synovic

Step Beyond Green to Healthy
Jonathan founded Step Beyond Green to Healthy in 2011 with the goal to help people achieve their goals, regardless of how hard it may be. He has experience in owning two companies, designing residential and commercial construction projects, writing specifications, managing projects... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Aralia/Marula

10:15am

Your moisture problems solved: challenges and risks decoded
Tightly air-sealed, well-insulated buildings combined with increased ventilation rates have become mainstream and code required, and there is no going back. The era of actively controlling moisture has begun and realizing that the traditional methods will no longer effectively meet the new moisture demands is more important than ever. This session presents the building science perspective on the "new normal" and the challenges that builders and building performance contractors now must learn to deal with effectively. The time is now to learn why and how to address indoor moisture risks through dedicated moisture control systems in single–family homes and multifamily buildings. The new ACCA Manual LLH (low load homes) will be presented and discussed.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Krueger

Nikki Krueger

Therma-Stor
Nikki is the industry manager for Therma-Stor’s residential and light commercial moisture control products lines. She has been involved in the indoor air quality industry for over 15 years and is a RESNET certified home energy rater, sits on the RESNET Standard Development Committee... Read More →
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Building-Wright
Peter Yost is the sole proprietor of Building-Wright in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, renovating, researching, and consulting on high performance homes for more than thirty years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management, material properties, field testing... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Ballroom A/H

11:30am

Demonstration lab
Come with your advanced building questions and get real-time feedback from home building experts in the Demo Lab. Experience hands-on demonstrations to help you troubleshoot advanced building issues.

Wednesday March 11, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Expo

11:30am

Lunch/expo/networking
Visit the expo hall for hands-on demos with national experts.

Wednesday March 11, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Expo

12:45pm

Bath fan installed performance: the pressure is on!
The subject of indoor air quality (IAQ) gets a lot of press these days and it's often assumed that just because a home is new that the installed mechanical ventilation systems can contribute to better IAQ. The most common types of ventilation systems include whole-house, bathroom spot, and kitchen spot. Of these three systems, it is Joe’s belief that the bathroom spot fans are probably used most frequently and are the most important, yet why do so many test poorly? This session will highlight several case studies clearly demonstrating the importance of good products combined with good installation practices.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET


Speakers
avatar for Joe Nagan

Joe Nagan

Home Building Technology Services, LLC
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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom A/H

12:45pm

Blower door testing in small multifamily buildings
Multifamily testing can be complicated but it all begins by making a plan. You don’t have to be worried if you’re new to testing small multifamily buildings for air leakage or anything else. With forethought and proper planning you and your team can leverage your current knowledge, skills and abilities. We’ll discuss multiple fan testing for single zones and strategies for approaching pressure neutralization testing, as well as how to handle logistics and scheduling testing in buildings with 4-8 units.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Sam Myers

Sam Myers

Retrotec
Sam Myers is a training consultant for Retrotec where he manages trade shows, conducts field studies, and serves as a building science consultant. He has also spent several years as a building scientist with Advanced Energy — one of the most respected efficiency consultancies in... Read More →
avatar for J West

J West

CEDA, Inc.
J West is the training manager at CEDA Weatherization in Chicago. J has earned a strong national reputation for bringing together high-tech training tools and effective training skills. He delivers training that sticks for students in classroom, lab, online and field venues. Since... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

12:45pm

Build better walls: clear the air on exterior insulation performance
Complex project designs and endless enclosure material options combined with demanding weather conditions and confusing product sustainability attributes can leave you with lots of questions. Because energy code targets are increasing along with consumer performance expectations, getting the project’s insulation strategy right is critical. This session examines the performance of exterior insulation under real world conditions. Use interactive polling to discover best practices to achieve simpler, more resilient, and effective wall assemblies.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU|HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Lance Williams

Lance Williams

Atlas Roof & Wall Corporation
Lance Williams is an Atlas Roof & Wall Architectural sales manager focused on CI-continuous insulation applications. His experience includes over 15 years interacting with designers, specifiers, general contractors, installers, building scientists, and building envelope consultants... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Wisteria

12:45pm

Build it right the first time, skip the problems later
This session will focus on real life inspection experiences where important details were overlooked or not performed in a careful manner. You will leave with an understanding of why “unimportant” details must be done correctly and what can happen when they are not. Understand what can happen when important details at the exterior façade are missed.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Mark Parlee

Mark Parlee

The Building Consultant
Mark has 43 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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Aralia/Marula

12:45pm

Estimating 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.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

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 →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Mangrove

12:45pm

Low-impact foundation systems
Join us to learn about low-impact foundations for residential projects. These foundation systems are a better, faster, environmentally friendly way to support decks, porches, pergolas, gazebos, and even entire housing developments. We will discuss the environmental impacts, spread-pile engineering, code compliance, installation, and what these foundations can be used for. You will have the opportunity to examine small spread-pile footing models with working pins.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Ralph Schmidt

Ralph Schmidt

Pin Foundations Inc.
Ralph has been the Midwest regional manager for Pin Foundations Inc. for ten years. Pin Foundations invents and manufactures low-impact foundation systems. He travels to job-sites, retail store trainings, and continuing education classes around the Midwest to teach about this new... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cypress

12:45pm

Making connections: building bridges between teachers and industry
Educators from various high schools across the state, as well as a representative from the Department of Public Instruction, will come together to discuss opportunities in which the building industry and schools can support each other. The panel will address how to achieve common goals like producing quality workers and students who understand the impact of the work. They will also address the best ways teachers can provide real-world experiences that benefit the industry and how the industry can aid in that effort.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET



Speakers
avatar for Andrew Udell

Andrew Udell

School District of Janesville
Andy has taught for the last 18 years at Janesville Craig High School. He attended UW-Stout, majoring in technology education with an emphasis in architecture and construction. He began his career teaching construction and woodworking classes, and now is currently teaching Craig high... Read More →
avatar for Terry Bores

Terry Bores

Lincoln High School
Terry Bores has been a high school technology education teacher from Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School for 16 years.
avatar for Chad Dorshorst

Chad Dorshorst

Rhinelander School District
Chad Dorshorst is a high school technology and engineering department teacher. He was a mechanic and operator for 16 years working for a family business.
avatar for Brent Kindred

Brent Kindred

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Brent Kindred is the technology and engineering education consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Portia

12:45pm

Residential Wisconsin decks
Are you interested in building a code approved deck? Join us to learn how to build a deck from the footings to the framing and how to pass final inspection. We will discuss the differences between the code approved deck construction and the alternate version of the Appendix B deck Wisconsin adopted several years ago.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU/HSW, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for James Sjolander

James Sjolander

City of Madison
James has been a residential and commercial building code inspector for the City of Madison for the last ten years. He has been teaching building code for the last ten years to building contractors, mechanical contractors, architects, engineers, fire suppression specialists, and other... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Tamarind/Guava

12:45pm

2:00pm

Networking break
Wednesday March 11, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom A/H

2:30pm

Closing plenary - Change management for your organization
After working with hundreds of organizations, companies, and municipalities on their climate action plans, Eric has discovered institutional blocks that keep them from moving forward, being innovative, and successful in problem solving. Discover the ways that traditional business thinking and industry standards are holding you back, losing your customers, and destroying your competitive advantage. You will learn how to identify the top obstacles to your business, blockages to growth and change, and how to develop a path forward to innovate and transform your business or projects.

CREDITS:
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEU, PHIUS CPHCRESNET

Speakers
avatar for Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed

Morrison Hershfield
Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As sustainability disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn't know were holding them back. He was founding principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader... Read More →


Wednesday March 11, 2020 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom A/H