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Wednesday, February 13
 

8:00am

Registration
Wednesday February 13, 2019 8:00am - 7:00pm
Convention Center Lobby

9:00am

12:30pm

Zero Energy Ready Home: changing the future of home building
Have you heard of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home Program and all the benefits it can provide? Get a comprehensive review of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program including the business case, specifications and opportunities to be recognized as an industry leader. Hear from a Zero Energy Ready Home building partner, Tim O’Brien, on his experiences constructing this type of home. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes dramatically reduce the home builder’s risk and result in a housing product that will vastly exceed your buyers’ expectations. This includes a whole new level of affordability, comfort, health, safety, durability, quality and timeliness. Homebuyers want this level of excellence when they make the largest investment of a lifetime. They just don’t know it’s available and how to get it…yet.
AIA 4.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 4 CECs, BPI 4.25 CEUs, DSPS 4 CEUs towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 4 CEUs towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.4 CEU, ICC 0.4 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 4.25 CEUs, PHIUS 4 CPHC CEUs, RESNET 4.25 PD credits

(Includes afternoon snack and refreshments)

Speakers
avatar for Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien Homes
Timothy M. O’Brien founded Tim OBrien Homes along with his partner, Matt Neumann, in June of 2007.   Tim went out to form a new residential home building company focused on building green and energy efficient homes. He continues to develop knowledge in building high performance... Read More →
avatar for Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Department of Energy
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 →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Aralia/Marula

1:00pm

Radon services and contractor opportunities
Calling all radon professionals and interested contractors! This session is for you. You will learn how to evaluate radon services business and individual leadership opportunities. Walk away with a better understanding of important mitigation concepts and techniques for new construction, existing homes and system performance diagnostics. Find out what radon training needs are as well as the standards and policy initiatives. Join us to discover the various benefits for individuals and businesses involved in providing radon related services.  
AIA 3.75 LU/HSWs, ASHI 3 CECs, BPI 3.75 CEUs, DSPS 3.5 CEUs towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.4 CEUs, ICC 0.35 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 3.75 CEUs, NRPP 4Hrs Cat I CE, PHIUS 4 CPHC CEUs, RESNET 3.75 PD credits

(Includes afternoon snack and refreshments)

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Snead

Bruce Snead

Engineering Extension at Kansas State University
Bruce has been the director of engineering extension at Kansas State University since 2011 and a state extension specialist in energy, radon and indoor air quality since 1982. He has conducted radon training and public education since 1989 for the Midwest Universities Radon Consortium... Read More →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

3:00pm

 
Thursday, February 14
 

7:00am

7:00am

Legacy Fund Silent Auction
PLACE YOUR BIDS—Check out the silent auction at booth 32 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 14, 2019 7:00am - 6:00pm
Expo

7:00am

Expo open
Thursday February 14, 2019 7:00am - 6:30pm
Expo

7:00am

Job Board
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 14, 2019 7:00am - 6:30pm
Convention Center Lobby

7:00am

Registration
Thursday February 14, 2019 7:00am - 6:30pm
Convention Center Lobby

8:30am

Opening general session
Disruption and opportunity: a changed future may be here faster than you think
Join Jacob Corvidae, head of the residential energy+ team at Rocky Mountain Institute, as he speaks about the shifts in the building industry. Technology and economic changes are underway that are driving big changes in how we build and retrofit homes. Those changes are coming sooner than you may think. Arm yourself with the information to avoid risks and expand your work with cost-effective solutions.

Three strategies to power your business to success
Join Victoria Downing, president of Remodelers Advantage, as she shares three dynamite strategies to send your results soaring. As founder of the industry’s largest peer group for professional remodelers, Victoria interacts with hundreds of successful business owners each year, providing her with in-depth knowledge of the business’ most critical best practices.


Speakers
avatar for Jacob Corvidae

Jacob Corvidae

Rocky Mountain Institute
Jacob leads the Residential Energy+ team at Rocky Mountain Institute, which drives cost-effective, market-based solutions to transform and expand home efficiency in the US. He has been working on energy, buildings and sustainable community development for 20 years. He has led many... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Downing

Victoria Downing

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage Inc., is a leading authority in the remodeling industry. For nearly 30 years, Victoria has worked with owners of remodeling companies across the United States and Canada, to help them build strong, consistently profitable businesses... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Ballroom A/H (doors open at 8 am)

10:00am

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab
Stop by the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab during the break. Located outside of the doors by registration.

Thursday February 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Mobile trailer located by registration

10:00am

Networking break/expo
Thursday February 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Expo

10:30am

Air sealing and insulation best practices
During this session we will discuss and demonstrate options for air sealing a variety of attic bypasses and critical areas. We will also give examples of insulation techniques aimed at reducing air infiltration specific to various housing types. Several training props and a variety of materials will be available for use. (This session will be repeated on Friday, February 15 from 10:15-11:30 am.)
AIA 1.25 LUs/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET



Speakers
avatar for Chris Clay

Chris Clay

Building Performance Center
Chris Clay is the senior technical trainer and quality assurance coordinator for the Opportunity Council's Building Performance Center. Chris has inspected over 1000 weatherization and home repair projects since coming to work for the OC in 1994. Chris has seen the good, the bad... Read More →
avatar for Bob Pfeiffer

Bob Pfeiffer

Slipstream
Bob Pfeiffer is a BPI proctor for QCI, BA, EP, and WHALCI. He is a production-based trainer and training developer. Bob has been involved in all phases of the retrofit industry since 1976, including work with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program and the Low-Income Weatherization... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Tamboti/Aloeswood

10:30am

Getting to zero energy with structural insulated panels
Learn about the fundamentals of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and examine the role SIPs play in passive, integrative design. We will examine the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center as a best-in-class case study so that the participants will better understand SIPs. (This session will be repeated on Friday, February 15 from 12:45-2 PM.)
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CHPC, RESNET

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 →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Expo

10:30am

Housing disruption realities, crises, and transformations: are you ready?
Virtually every major industry has experienced, or is in the process of experiencing, massive disruption. 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 three new realities setting the stage for disruption, five crises making disruption an imperative, and four transformations that will drive disruption in an industry totally resistant to change. Within this larger disruption context, high performance homes will play an increasingly critical role that needs to be fully integrated. Will you be ready?
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC,  BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET




Speakers
avatar for Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Department of Energy
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 →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Aralia/Marula

10:30am

A fresh approach to developing a culture of accountability
The questions keep coming, “how do I get them to think like owners?” or “why can’t they simply take responsibility for what they do?” The answer is in the way they are managed. In this presentation, we will be looking at how to manage people or a company to cultivate a culture of accountability and motivation.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET


Speakers
avatar for Tim Faller

Tim Faller

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
For the last 17 years, Tim has worked full-time with companies to help them improve profits by creating smooth, efficient production systems. He has seen countless companies and talked with hundreds of employees. Through these interviews and his work with the Remodelers Advantage... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Mangrove

10:30am

Electric vehicle trends
Madison Gas and Electric has a network of public charging stations throughout the Madison area that provide 100% renewable electricity. This presentation will cover the data that Madison Gas and Electric has collected at these public charging stations through customer participation in charging research programs at businesses and homes, and their experience with managing charging station installations. The experience MGE has gained will provide information for business owners and home builders on electric vehicle trends and best practices.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Lisek

Lorrie Lisek

Wisconsin Clean Cities
Lorrie Lisek is the president and co-owner of Legacy Environmental Services, Inc., a woman-owned, Indiana Certified Women's Business Enterprise located in Crown Point, Indiana. Lisek has served as Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities since 2011. Under Lisek’s leadership... Read More →
avatar for Leah Samson

Leah Samson

Madison Gas and Electric
Leah's background includes a mechanical engineering degree and eight years of green building consulting for a sustainability consulting firm. Her current position at MGE requires knowledge of electric vehicles as well as charging stations. Leah is responsible for answering customer... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Portia

10:30am

FANtastic websites: secrets of a WOW website
Homebuyer 2.0 will eliminate you from further consideration if your website is hard to use, lacks content, and fails to make an emotional connection. In this session, you will learn three secrets to supercharge your website into a lead generating machine. Learn how to use Google Analytics to monitor your website’s performance and determine ROI.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Oliver

Meredith Oliver

Meredith Communications
Meredith Oliver works with home builders who want to drive more traffic, leads, and sales. She is the founder and creative director of Meredith Communications, a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC specializing in home builder marketing. Meredith Communications is in its sixteenth... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Guava

10:30am

Grid-integrated buildings
Grid-integrated buildings are emerging as a major priority and opportunity for communities. Utilities are increasingly looking to incentivize grid-integrated buildings. Homes, offices and the utility grid will start working more as a unified and coordinated system, rather than as separate and distinct entities. The result is a new paradigm for energy management, and new opportunities for savings and services. This session will introduce grid-integrated buildings, what the implications are for builders, and how they can generate revenue.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUS, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEUs, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Corvidae

Jacob Corvidae

Rocky Mountain Institute
Jacob leads the Residential Energy+ team at Rocky Mountain Institute, which drives cost-effective, market-based solutions to transform and expand home efficiency in the US. He has been working on energy, buildings and sustainable community development for 20 years. He has led many... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Cypress

10:30am

Multifamily building blower door testing
Dive into the differences of compartmentalization versus whole building blower door testing and how to perform these types of tests and the value of each. Focusing on whole building testing, we will provide ample instruction on how and why to perform these tests as well as essential equipment and software. There will be an overview of regional standards and examples of testing we have completed including lessons learned.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CHPC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Graham Giovagnoli

Graham Giovagnoli

Eco Achievers
Graham has been involved in the energy efficiency industry through multiple roles:  residential/commercial energy auditor, insulation sales representative, weatherization trainer and program manager, BPI proctor, green building certification consultant, and solar system designer... Read More →
avatar for Emily Rhea

Emily Rhea

Eco Achievers
Emily assists in residential energy audits throughout the greater Chicago area, creates models for energy analysis, gathers documents and prepares for LEED certifications, helps manage media outreach, and assists in administrative duties. Emily is a duct/envelope technician (DET... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Wisteria

10:30am

Urban wood: using trees from your building sites in your building designs
Wisconsin Urban Wood and similar networks of arborists, sawmills, and skilled woodworkers are making use of trees lost to emerald ash borers, construction projects, and utility clearances to build some of the finest wood features in today's buildings. Dead, dying or damaged trees that once filled landfills are now being milled into feature walls, flooring, conference tables and many other products, most often without traveling more than 50 miles from stump to final consumer. This presentation will reveal a network of small businesses producing amazing products from a sustainable resource once considered a waste stream.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison

The Wood Cycle
Paul Morrison is a 7th generation Wisconsin farmboy and University of Wisconsin engineering graduate. After a 20 year career in environmental policy and management, Paul decided to move his furniture making hobby into a new career path. Counter to the globalization and mass production... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Tamarind

11:45am

Lunch/expo/networking
Thursday February 14, 2019 11:45am - 1:30pm
Expo

1:30pm

Building performance repair and testing beyond single family
Explore patterns between single, multifamily, and commercial blower door testing along with repair strategies. Many techniques are similar, however, many processes and material choices are very different. Learn what strategies and hurdles a Home Performance contractor should consider before pursuing a project over 5,000, 10,000, or even 50,000 square feet. Single family contractors will discover that they too can repair large buildings.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Torrance Kramer

Torrance Kramer

Accurate-Airtight Exteriors
Torrance has performed energy audits, including multi-blower door testing and zonal pressure diagnostics, for small to large residential buildings, both existing and new construction. He has spoken nationally on energy efficiency techniques and procedures, participated in the development... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wisteria

1:30pm

Confirming quality furnace installations
The heating system weatherization manual contains the specifications for the quality installation of a new heating system. Completion of the installation checklist supports quality assurance process ensuring key testing has been completed and documented. The quality assurance inspector completes a visual inspection of the system in addition to reviewing the installer’s documentation and testing results. By understanding how to use these checklists and the test results, inspectors can identify potential issues with the installation set-up that may affect the efficiency and operation of the heating system.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Norman Bair

Norman Bair

Norman Bair Consulting
Norman has been doing combustion testing since 1975.  He continues to find better ways of measuring and analyzing results to determine whether simple adjustments or more costly changes are needed to improve comfort, efficiency and operational effectiveness of the heating system... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Scott

Adrian Scott

Slipstream
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 →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

1:30pm

Developing dynamic production systems
Is your company new or the growth in the economy causing your production department to scramble to keep up? Maybe you have been running a lead carpenter system but there are just not enough good leads to cover all the work. What are your options? This seminar will detail the different systems that are used in companies all over the country from small to very large. We will discuss options, benefits and drawbacks of each, at what milestones the shift from one to the next should occur, and how transitions can be handled effectively.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Tim Faller

Tim Faller

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
For the last 17 years, Tim has worked full-time with companies to help them improve profits by creating smooth, efficient production systems. He has seen countless companies and talked with hundreds of employees. Through these interviews and his work with the Remodelers Advantage... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Mangrove

1:30pm

Energy management, renewable energy, and the smart grid
Visit Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab for this presentation. View demonstrations of smart power metering, building automation, electric car charging and other features of smart grid technology, as well as how the smart grid switches between power sources. See how utility customers can view and track their power consumption and manage the consumption with energy-saving technologies. Learn how energy management systems can help save energy for homes or businesses. (This session will be repeated on Friday, February 15 from 8:30-9:45 am.)
Limited seating available. 
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Brinker

Jenny Brinker

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Jenny holds a Master’s Degree in Land Resources and Energy Analysis and Policy from UW-Madison, and achieved Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification. CEM recognizes and teaches the importance of saving energy, money, and the environment, along with meeting customer comfort... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Mobile trailer located by registration

1:30pm

FANtastic digital marketing: how to attract your ideal leads
Now that you have a WOW website, it’s time to start driving traffic and generating leads. In this session you will learn how to utilize digital marketing such as Google Search and Facebook to drive more traffic to your website. Learn how to measure which digital marketing channels are converting the most leads so you can spend your marketing dollars wisely.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Oliver

Meredith Oliver

Meredith Communications
Meredith Oliver works with home builders who want to drive more traffic, leads, and sales. She is the founder and creative director of Meredith Communications, a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC specializing in home builder marketing. Meredith Communications is in its sixteenth... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Guava

1:30pm

Part I: attic and roof building science and code
Attics and roofs can be configured in so many ways in terms of function, moisture, and heat performance that we need to get the science right and make sure each configuration meets the building code. This is no small feat, so we will work through the science and the code for a variety of attic and roof assembly setups.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Building-Wright
Peter Yost 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, and moisture analysis. Peter is technical director for the website... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom A/H

1:30pm

Solar for homes in Wisconsin
This presentation 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 on homes has declined over 70% in the past decade, and 600-1000 homes are getting solar electric systems annually in Wisconsin. When incorporated with new construction, the costs can be even lower, and financed into the mortgage. State rebates and federal tax credits help reduce the up-front expenses and will be de-mystified in this session as well.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Portia

1:30pm

The economics of zero energy homes: single family insights
While many homeowners love the idea of a home that produces all the energy that it needs, most people assume that a zero-energy home is prohibitively expensive. However, changes in technology effectiveness and costs make zero energy homes much more financially accessible than most people realize. This session will present the results of in-depth cost-optimization research for zero energy and zero energy ready approaches to show what is possible for low-cost construction. Further, we'll explore what cost thresholds matter to consumers and how these homes compare to those thresholds.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Corvidae

Jacob Corvidae

Rocky Mountain Institute
Jacob leads the Residential Energy+ team at Rocky Mountain Institute, which drives cost-effective, market-based solutions to transform and expand home efficiency in the US. He has been working on energy, buildings and sustainable community development for 20 years. He has led many... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Tamarind

1:30pm

Water management for a sustainable building enclosure
Join us to review how energy codes and the climate zone chart impact Wisconsin and consumer expectations for comfort and energy efficiency. Learn the pros and cons to barrier (taped sheathing) versus drainable (over-lapped house wrap with flashings) approach to water management for exterior walls. We will discuss the importance of continuity from exterior wall to roof including all window, door, and utility penetrations using flashings to air/water and insect seal for a more energy efficient, comfortable, and sustainable building enclosure. Learn how whole house blower door testing for air infiltration and HERS scores affect the homes you build.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Schemenauer

Kevin Schemenauer

Hallmark Building Supplies Inc.
Kevin is a building materials specialist with over 20 years of experience in the residential construction market. Kevin’s education in architectural/residential design helps him recognize proper design for sustainable construction. He has combined building science and proper installation... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Aralia/Marula

2:45pm

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab
Stop by the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab during the break. Located outside of the doors by registration.

Thursday February 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Mobile trailer located by registration

2:45pm

3:15pm

Part II: attic and roof configurations that work and why
Using the building science and building code for attics and roofs, we will work through which roof and attic configurations work and why. Peter will work with a local high performance builder and roof/attic mock-ups to get into the nitty-gritty of materials, sequencing, and trades interaction for high performance attics and roofs.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Building-Wright
Peter Yost 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, and moisture analysis. Peter is technical director for the website... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom A/H

3:15pm

Air sealing inspections with thermography
This session will address thermal imaging technology for inspecting building envelopes. Air sealing verification of new and existing structures will be discussed, as well as verification of energy performance and air leakage. Jay will give examples for this application and describe the basic conditions required.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, 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 →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

3:15pm

Build better performing, drier, and more durable exterior wall envelopes
Find out how to use composite continuous insulation products to build more durable exterior wall envelopes. Join Bob Murphy of Universal Forest products as he demonstrates typical exterior wall construction and reviews the major advantages and disadvantages of various products and techniques. You will better understand insulating structural sheathing products and learn typical window flashing and sealing techniques.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEUs, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy

Universal Forest Products, Inc - North
Bob Murphy spent the earlier part of his career in the energy industry working with HVAC installers, insulation contractors, and builders on proven training methods to improve performance and homeowner satisfaction. The next phase of his career was focused in the building materials... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Wisteria

3:15pm

FANtastic follow-up: convert more prospects to purchasers
Lead follow-up is the most critical step in your sales and marketing strategy if you want to increase ROI. In this session, we will discuss simple but effective strategies to increase your conversion rate from lead to prospect to appointment to sale. Learn how often to follow up, how to engage cold prospects, and what communication channels are most effective.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Oliver

Meredith Oliver

Meredith Communications
Meredith Oliver works with home builders who want to drive more traffic, leads, and sales. She is the founder and creative director of Meredith Communications, a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC specializing in home builder marketing. Meredith Communications is in its sixteenth... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Guava

3:15pm

Improving the performance of concrete flooring
This presentation 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 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tamarind

3:15pm

Profit as seen from the job site
Do you want your production staff from lead carpenters to the production manager to understand why the jobs cost so much and where all the money goes? This seminar will bring it all down to earth for them so that they will understand why net profit is important to the company and to them and how they impact the bottom line. This interactive seminar has helped many field personnel to say, “Oh, now I understand” and helped companies work together on creating net profit.  
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Tim Faller

Tim Faller

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
For the last 17 years, Tim has worked full-time with companies to help them improve profits by creating smooth, efficient production systems. He has seen countless companies and talked with hundreds of employees. Through these interviews and his work with the Remodelers Advantage... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Mangrove

3:15pm

Smart grid and micro grid basics
The presenter will give an introduction to our evolving electrical distribution network, specifically describing smart grids and micro grids. Find out how solar and wind power interconnection plays into the evolving electricity grid. John will discuss and demonstrate using three different solar systems and the electric vehicle charging station installed on the Northeast Wisconsin’s Technical College SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab. (This session will be repeated on Friday, February 15 from 10:15-11:30 am)
Limited seating available. 
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for John Hippensteel

John Hippensteel

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
John Hippensteel is a solar energy technology instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For the last 20 years John has owned a renewable energy design build engineering firm. John is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin as well as NABCEP certified... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Mobile trailer located by registration

3:15pm

The connected home
We are addicted to the convenience that cell phones provide. Many consumers expect that same convenience from their home. We want to be notified of a sump pump failure, a smoke alarm, or intruder. We want to "see" what our teenagers are doing in the basement. We want our thermostat to adjust itself to save energy when we are not around. In this session, we will examine home technology, learn which consumers are candidates (hint: it is not a millennial thing), and understand how the thermostat is the starting point, with its ability to save energy and improve comfort.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CHPC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hoger

Ryan Hoger

Temperature Equipment Corporation
Ryan has been with Temperature Equipment Corporation since 1997. He was the 2007-08 president of the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter and is actively involved with several gas/electric utility committees. He has extensive experience with building automation systems (BAS), energy recovery ventilators... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Portia

3:15pm

Web tools for all your high performance home business applications
The Building America Solution Center is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) web tool with free guidance on constructing, renovating, and selling more efficient, comfortable, durable, and healthy homes. It provides builders, contractors, code officials, and designers with best practice guidance for home construction and renovation based on research conducted by DOE’s Building America program. Join us to learn how to use this vital new tool for a wide array of business applications.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Department of Energy
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 →


Thursday February 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Aralia/Marula

4:30pm

Book signing
Meet conference presenter Meredith Oliver, Meredith Communications in the Expo from 4:30-5:30 pm Thursday. Meredith will sign: 
  • "Click power: the proven system home builders use to drive more traffic, leads, and sales"
  • "FANtastic marketing: leverage your fan factor, build your brand, score new customers and wipe out the competition" 
  • "FANtastic selling: the 10 undeniable traits of rock-star, top-producing, quota-busting salespeople."
Books will be on hand for purchase.

Thursday February 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Expo

4:30pm

6:30pm

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, shuffleboard and more available. Light snacks and beverages provided.  

Thursday February 14, 2019 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Ballroom B/G
 
Friday, February 15
 

7:00am

7:00am

Expo open
Friday February 15, 2019 7:00am - 12:45pm
Expo

7:00am

Job Board
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 15, 2019 7:00am - 2:30pm
Convention Center Lobby

7:00am

Registration
Friday February 15, 2019 7:00am - 3:45pm
Convention Center Lobby

8:30am

Part III: attics and roofs that don't work and why
Taking building investigations and turning them into building science puzzles is fun and informative. In Part II, we learned how to configure high performance attics and roofs. What can we learn from roofs and attics that have had problems? We can learn about tolerances attics and roofs have for heat and moisture management and quite a bit about how to and not to retrofit existing attics and roofs.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Peter Yost

Peter Yost

Building-Wright
Peter Yost 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, and moisture analysis. Peter is technical director for the website... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom A/H

8:30am

Cold climate air source heat pumps: advancements, opportunities, and applications
This session will identify advancements in technology that have made cold climate Air-Source Heat Pumps (ccASHP) possible and increasingly important as we seek to optimize energy use, reduce homeowner costs, and minimize the environmental impact of burning fuels. We will focus on trends and recent research on the beneficial application opportunities of ccASHP and provide resources for selection, sizing and installation of ASHPs.
AIA 1.25 LUs, 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 Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Greg Nahn

Greg Nahn

Slipstream
Greg is currently working as a building performance specialist at Slipstream, involved in training and quality control. He is an accredited trainer, recognized by RESNET and BPI, and has developed and delivered multiple trainings that support advancing the building performance and... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Portia

8:30am

Energy labeling: unlocking the value of an energy efficient home
Energy efficient contractors need their work to be valued in the real estate market in order for their homes to be respected and considered. As Wisconsin homeowner demand for energy efficient homes grows, it is clear residents are seeing the value -- lower energy costs, greater comfort and other benefits. So, how do we empower the real estate market to follow suit and give homes with energy-saving features more value? How do homeowners showcase the value of their photovoltaic arrays and other energy efficient features? Join us as we explore these questions and discuss how standardized energy labeling like Home Energy Score can document efficiency upgrades.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Steve Pipson

Steve Pipson

Focus on Energy
Steve is a building analyst certified through the Building Performance Institute and is a licensed Wisconsin home inspector. Having worked as a journeyman carpenter, construction project manager, architectural technician and technical college instructor, he brings over 30 years of... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Tamarind

8:30am

Energy management, renewable energy, and the smart grid (REPEAT)
Visit Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab for this presentation. View demonstrations of smart power metering, building automation, electric car charging and other features of smart grid technology, as well as how the smart grid switches between power sources. See how utility customers can view and track their power consumption and manage the consumption with energy-saving technologies. Learn how energy management systems can help save energy for homes or businesses.
Limited seating available.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Brinker

Jenny Brinker

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Jenny holds a Master’s Degree in Land Resources and Energy Analysis and Policy from UW-Madison, and achieved Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification. CEM recognizes and teaches the importance of saving energy, money, and the environment, along with meeting customer comfort... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Mobile trailer located by registration

8:30am

Healthy is the new green
Join John, Quinn and Jonathan on an interactive journey to learn the basics of going beyond green building to healthier building practices. This journey will explore how water, materials, and indoor air quality affect our everyday lives. Learn simple steps to attract clients as they explore healthier options not only for themselves, but for their homes.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, 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 Quinn O'Day

Quinn O'Day

Step Beyond Green to Healthy
Quinn has nearly 20 years in the appliance industry and manufacturer specific trainings, and has a unique knowledge and understanding of products that correlate to the healthy approach. Five years ago, he was introduced to Step Beyond Green to Healthy and learned new ways to help... 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 →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Aralia/Marula

8:30am

Lead and asbestos dust containment during energy upgrades
When your energy efficiency upgrade or remodeling jobsite is a customer’s home, it is critical to keep potential hazards contained. Containment and dust control can present a unique set of challenges when working on pre-1978 homes containing lead or asbestos. Join this session to learn more about general containment strategies and dust control options specifically designed for weatherization and home performance energy efficiency upgrades. Industry best practices will be discussed, including tips and tricks aimed at keeping the jobsite safe and clean.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, 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 →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Tamboti/Aloeswood

8:30am

Overcoming the justification mindset
Too often the phrase ‘how do I justify that to my client’ is uttered by the worst and best in our industry. Just as we learned to master the grey, turn adversity into opportunity, and redefine success, we must now learn to move from fear and confusion to a position of clarity, confidence, and reality-based decision making. This session in leadership and change for our industry will help you remove one of the silent stumbling blocks from your language and help you move towards radical success.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET


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 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Mangrove

8:30am

Strategic planning by the numbers
You’ve been told it’s important to know your numbers, but do you know how to use your financial information to make useful decisions for your company? Industry consultant, Victoria Downing, president of Remodelers Advantage Inc., will explain key financial indicators and demonstrate exactly what they can tell you. Then, join your peers to interpret real-life financial information and solve your company’s most common problems. This is a hands-on, participatory session so bring your calculator!
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Downing

Victoria Downing

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage Inc., is a leading authority in the remodeling industry. For nearly 30 years, Victoria has worked with owners of remodeling companies across the United States and Canada, to help them build strong, consistently profitable businesses... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Wisteria

8:30am

The evolution of geothermal heating and cooling
Geothermal heating and cooling isn't a new technology. A focus on renewable energy and energy tax credits in recent years has created this impression even though the technology dates back 50+ years. For many nations, geothermal dominates the heating and cooling market. This presentation traces the history of geothermal heat pumps, discusses misconceptions, delves into market characteristics, and provides insights into energy savings and other benefits to the consumers and the economy.
AIA 1.25 LUs, 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 Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Beiriger

Jeffrey Beiriger

Wisconsin Geothermal Association
Jeffrey has served as the executive director of the Wisconsin Geothermal Association (WGA) for eight years. The WGA is one of several construction-related associations that he manages. He has over 30 years of experience, including plumbing-heating-cooling, geothermal, mechanical... Read More →
avatar for Brian Urlaub

Brian Urlaub

MEP Associates, LLC
Brian is the director of geothermal operations for MEP Associates where he oversees all geothermal projects. He is involved with all aspects of the projects from procurement, design, project management, and commissioning. Brian works with mechanical engineers on energy efficient designs... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker

Wisconsin Well & Water Systems
Bruce Walker is the owner of Wisconsin Well & Water Systems, LLC, a water well drilling and pump installation company that also specializes in vertical geothermal drilling. Over the past several years they have been one of the leading residential drillers in the state. Bruce is currently... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Guava

9:45am

9:45am

Networking break/expo
Friday February 15, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am
Expo

10:15am

Air sealing and insulation best practices (REPEAT)
During this session we will discuss and demonstrate options for air sealing a variety of attic bypasses and critical areas. We will also give examples of insulation techniques aimed at reducing air infiltration specific to various housing types. Several training props and a variety of materials will be available for use.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB,  NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Chris Clay

Chris Clay

Building Performance Center
Chris Clay is the senior technical trainer and quality assurance coordinator for the Opportunity Council's Building Performance Center. Chris has inspected over 1000 weatherization and home repair projects since coming to work for the OC in 1994. Chris has seen the good, the bad... Read More →
avatar for Bob Pfeiffer

Bob Pfeiffer

Slipstream
Bob Pfeiffer is a BPI proctor for QCI, BA, EP, and WHALCI. He is a production-based trainer and training developer. Bob has been involved in all phases of the retrofit industry since 1976, including work with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program and the Low-Income Weatherization... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Tamboti/Aloeswood

10:15am

Consumer connections: better ways to market energy services
Whose problem are you trying to solve? Many energy service providers design their marketing to solve their own problems, and then struggle with not getting as many customers as they wanted. A consumer-centric approach helps make sure that you're marketing what people want and where and when they want it. This presentation will introduce a framework for understanding the stages of marketing and look at direct research done with 1,200 homeowners about their preferences for home energy improvements. It will draw on years of experience marketing energy upgrades and improving slow-moving programs.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Corvidae

Jacob Corvidae

Rocky Mountain Institute
Jacob leads the Residential Energy+ team at Rocky Mountain Institute, which drives cost-effective, market-based solutions to transform and expand home efficiency in the US. He has been working on energy, buildings and sustainable community development for 20 years. He has led many... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Wisteria

10:15am

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.
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Mangrove

10:15am

High performance HVAC systems: installation, service, and sizing
Size matters, especially with home heating and cooling systems. When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not better. Yet, oversized systems might be the most common HVAC problem we find in the field. From poor air circulation to shorter system lifespan, an oversized system can end up costing you big time. Join us to examine the pitfalls of oversizing (sometimes really bad stuff happens) and learn why a correctly sized system is the right choice for the long run.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification,  IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hoger

Ryan Hoger

Temperature Equipment Corporation
Ryan has been with Temperature Equipment Corporation since 1997. He was the 2007-08 president of the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter and is actively involved with several gas/electric utility committees. He has extensive experience with building automation systems (BAS), energy recovery ventilators... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Portia

10:15am

Kitchen and bath efficiencies
This seminar is focused on running the production end of a kitchen and bath remodeling company in a way that produces profitable jobs. We will discuss how to set up sales to sell at a profit through field tested methods for running a job. Tim has worked as a consultant to kitchen and bath remodelers and is actively involved in production of kitchen and bath jobs.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification,  IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Tim Faller

Tim Faller

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
For the last 17 years, Tim has worked full-time with companies to help them improve profits by creating smooth, efficient production systems. He has seen countless companies and talked with hundreds of employees. Through these interviews and his work with the Remodelers Advantage... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Ballroom A/H

10:15am

Modular prefab zero energy residential design
Modular prefab construction has the capability to bring high-performance construction to a broader market by standardizing certain critical construction details and systems. This presentation illustrates the advantages and challenges of modular prefab design for a low-energy home, in this case a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home. The presentation will explain the dimensional constraints, structural and mechanical considerations, and logistics of permitting and inspections. Particular attention will be paid to the HVAC system design for this all-electric low-load house, including lessons learned and our strategies for future work.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Tom Bassett-Dilley

Tom Bassett-Dilley

TBDA, Ltd.
Tom Bassett-Dilley has designed numerous new and remodeled energy-efficient buildings. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, president of Passive House Alliance Chicago and speaks widely on Passive House, green preservation, and residential design.


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Cypress

10:15am

Reducing radon to reduce costs and liability
Learn state-of-the-art options and techniques to achieve cost-effective, radon-resistant new homes. Experience in radon and new construction will be reviewed with success stories and lessons learned across the country in voluntary and code-required installations. Radon reducing techniques that reduce liability, achieve cost-effectiveness and are consistent with IRC Appendix F, NAHB Radon Policy and industry consensus standards of practice will also be presented.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEUs, ICC 0.1 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Snead

Bruce Snead

Engineering Extension at Kansas State University
Bruce has been the director of engineering extension at Kansas State University since 2011 and a state extension specialist in energy, radon and indoor air quality since 1982. He has conducted radon training and public education since 1989 for the Midwest Universities Radon Consortium... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Tamarind

10:15am

Smart grid and micro grid basics (REPEAT)
The presenter will give an introduction to our evolving electrical distribution network, specifically describing smart grids and micro grids. Find out how solar and wind power interconnection plays into the evolving electricity grid. John will discuss and demonstrate using three different solar systems and the electric vehicle charging station installed on Northeast Wisconsin’s Technical College’s SmartGrid Mobile Training Lab.
Limited seating available.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification,  IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for John Hippensteel

John Hippensteel

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
John Hippensteel is a solar energy technology instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For the last 20 years John has owned a renewable energy design build engineering firm. John is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin as well as NABCEP certified... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Mobile trailer located by registration

10:15am

What is good housing design?
Design trumps everything. While high performance is critical to the future of housing, homes must deliver a great consumer experience and that begins with design. This seminar will present five critical factors that can be used to systematically deliver good housing design and recommendations on how to implement them.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU,NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Department of Energy
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 →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Aralia/Marula

10:15am

What you need to know about furnaces and air conditioners if you're NOT an HVAC professional
This session is meant to help builders, remodelers, and homeowners better understand the key choices for residential furnaces and air conditioners—and understand how to get top performance out of this equipment. Did you know that most central air conditioners are installed improperly and do not achieve their rated efficiency? We’ll cover what matters—and what doesn’t—for maximizing comfort and minimizing heating and cooling bills. Based on independent monitoring and testing of hundreds of systems in Minnesota and Wisconsin, this will be a lively and practical session.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
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 →


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Guava

11:30am

Lunch/expo/networking
Friday February 15, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
Expo

12:45pm

Getting to zero energy with structural insulated panels (REPEAT)
Learn about the fundamentals of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and examine the role SIPs play in passive, integrative design. We will examine the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center as a best-in-class case study so that the participants will better understand SIPs.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Expo

12:45pm

Ductless heat pump applications for high performance homes
During this session, we will discuss the advancements in ductless heat pumps and the application for high-performance homes. Learn about the concept of high performance homes and the application of residential variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems to meet their design and efficiency requirements. We will review the scale upon which high performance homes are measured, the process to properly design an HVAC system for these homes, and ventilation and dehumidification strategies that are required in low load homes.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Mike Schaefer

Mike Schaefer

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Mike has been in the HVAC Industry since 2005 where he 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... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Mangrove

12:45pm

A case study in high performance lessons learned
What do you get when you take a Chicago based client, a Boston based architect, a Door County project site, a local builder, and Passive House level specifications and assemblies? One of the tightest houses in Wisconsin! We’ll discuss the various lessons learned on the semi-integrated project delivery process, the house’s materials and details, and some of the costs so you can incorporate high performance assemblies into your best practice or push your current practice into the next tier of high performance achievement.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CHPC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Genaze

Matthew Genaze

ZeroEnergy Design
Matt Genaze is an architect and project manager at ZED, a Boston architecture firm ranked #2 in the nation for sustainability by Architecture Magazine due to its dedicated focus on passive and net zero energy houses and multifamily buildings. Matt shepherds projects from schematic... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Tamarind

12:45pm

Avoiding the white kitchen trend
The design world has offered up more than a few monstrous concepts over time—Zubaz pants, bowl cuts, carpeted bathrooms, and now white kitchens. What is it about these trends that makes them such terrible offenders? What makes a white kitchen so egregious? This session will look at micro and macro trends, and examine what makes one thing a timeless classic while the other is destined for the land fill. Bonus points for correctly identifying the value of pink flamingo lawn ornaments.
AIA 1.25 LU, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

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 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom A/H

12:45pm

Getting the most out of your manometer
In building science, a lot of what we measure is invisible and much of it is related to pressure and flow. Most of us do blower door or duct leakage testing or both, but there are many other important things we can be measuring using our manometers that can help us figure out what is going on in a home. This session will give you an introduction into measuring draft, CAZ depressurization, room pressures, zone pressure diagnostics, pressure pans, static pressures on an air handler and tools for long term data logging of pressures.
AIA 1.25 LU/HSWs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Paul Morin

Paul Morin

The Energy Conservatory
Paul Morin had 15 years of carpentry experience before starting as a weatherization auditor in 1991. Paul worked for the Center for Energy and Environment diagnosing home performance issues for 12 years and has been with the Energy Conservatory since 2009 in a sales and technical... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Tamboti/Aloeswood

12:45pm

How do you compare: performance metrics of the high performers
Compare your company's performance with over 200 other successful remodeling companies across the country. Victoria will describe best practices in sales and marketing, people management, strategic planning and more. Review real-life examples from award winning companies across the United States and Canada and learn what these top performers do differently to drive their outstanding results. Discover how these savvy business owners develop a plan and bring it to life. Identify what the bottom performers neglect to do, leaving them vulnerable to the ups and downs of the marketplace.
ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Downing

Victoria Downing

Remodelers Advantage Inc.
Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage Inc., is a leading authority in the remodeling industry. For nearly 30 years, Victoria has worked with owners of remodeling companies across the United States and Canada, to help them build strong, consistently profitable businesses... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Wisteria

12:45pm

Lessons learned: how to grow a successful business
Chad provides an insightful view into what works best to run a successful business and what does not. Chad will share all the lessons he has learned by succeeding and failing while running several IT companies and then switching careers to run solar and energy assessment companies.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Chad Laibly

Chad Laibly

Focus on Energy
As a regional manager for Southern Wisconsin, Chad manages participating trade allies in the Focus on Energy state run, utility funded program. Chad uses his experience as a trade ally to actively work with local trade allies to teach them how to bring the incentives, safety, and... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Guava

12:45pm

Multi-layer decking: using cellular PVC technology
Not sure what deck material to choose or how one stacks up to the rest? Join us as we dive into the features and benefits of various kinds of decking material including composite decking with an emphasis on PVC decking. You will learn about the technological  advancements that create an authentic hardwood look and the best installation methods, designs, layouts and warranties.
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, IACET 0.1 CEUs, ICC 0.1 CEUs, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Speakers
avatar for Kay Hutmacher

Kay Hutmacher

Royal Building Products
Kay has been involved with building and remodeling for 30+ years. She started out as the owner of a kitchen and bath design showroom working with new construction and remodeling, with decisions being driven by the homeowner. Kay is now the market development manager for the Chicagoland... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Aralia/Marula

12:45pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Networking break
Friday February 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom A/H

2:30pm

Closing plenary - What housing professionals need to know about net zero and the new energy grid
Will the homes you’re building now be assets or liabilities on a Smart Grid? Many customers find solar intriguing. As you respond to customer demand and install solar electric systems, what happens when Midwest homeowners are sending power pack into the grid? Join a lively discussion to learn about solar system purchasing trends, utility approaches for meeting this new demand, home electrification and storage systems. This panel includes local utilities, renewable experts and champions of net zero and net positive homes. As a homeowner, business owner, builder, or remodeler you will learn how the buildings you live in and work on can help the electric grid become safer and more resilient.  
AIA 1.25 LUs, ASHI 1 CEC, BPI 1.25 CEUs, DSPS 1 CEU towards Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, 1 CEU towards UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, IACET 0.1 CEU, ICC 0.1 CEU, NAHB, NARI 1.25 CEUs, NATE 1.25 CEHs, PHIUS CPHC, RESNET

Snacks and beverages will be provided during this closing plenary.  

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Corvidae

Jacob Corvidae

Rocky Mountain Institute
Jacob leads the Residential Energy+ team at Rocky Mountain Institute, which drives cost-effective, market-based solutions to transform and expand home efficiency in the US. He has been working on energy, buildings and sustainable community development for 20 years. He has led many... Read More →
avatar for Deb Erwin

Deb Erwin

Xcel Energy
Deb Erwin is Xcel Energy’s manager of regulatory policy for Wisconsin and Michigan.  Deb has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Prior to joining Xcel Energy in 2014, Deb worked... Read More →
avatar for Amy Heart

Amy Heart

Sunrun Inc.
Amy Heart is director of public policy and attorney with Sunrun.  Sunrun is the nation’s largest residential solar company, serving 23 states, including Wisconsin.  Based in Milwaukee, Amy leads Sunrun’s rooftop solar policy efforts from Great Lakes states to Texas. Prior... Read More →
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 15, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom A/H