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Thursday, February 14
 

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

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

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

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
 
Friday, February 15
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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