EEBA DESIGNATION COURSES

Site Supervisor Designation: Test

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Houses That Work Course: Test

This course outlines the building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that every builder should know so they can understand why some buildings work and others don't. The course will address critical home performance elements that exist as a system and are part of energy efficient homes. The fundamentals of building science will be outlined and applied to help participants make better choices with respect to construction materials and methods. Participants will also learn important information about indoor air quality, including the basics of mold and other pollutant sources, and cost-effective strategies to be able to offer healthier indoor environments.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the elements of high performance homes and how they help respond to code compliance, and the many changes in the residential construction industry, as well as consumer expectations.
  • Understand the fundamentals or air, heat and moisture flow and see how they can be applied to make better material and methods decisions.
  • Identify the building process changes needed to cost-effectively implement high performance homes.
  • Identify the fundamentals of building science and how builders can use science to solve a wide range of building problems, improve home performance and reduce risks.
  • Understand the basics of HVAC design to lower utility bills, and make for quieter, healthier and more comfortable homes.

Gord Cooke is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought-after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner. Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high performance houses.


Houses That Work Course: Modules

This course outlines the building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that every builder should know so they can understand why some buildings work and others don't. The course will address critical home performance elements that exist as a system and are part of energy efficient homes. The fundamentals of building science will be outlined and applied to help participants make better choices with respect to construction materials and methods. Participants will also learn important information about indoor air quality, including the basics of mold and other pollutant sources, and cost-effective strategies to be able to offer healthier indoor environments.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the elements of high performance homes and how they help respond to code compliance, and the many changes in the residential construction industry, as well as consumer expectations.
  • Understand the fundamentals or air, heat and moisture flow and see how they can be applied to make better material and methods decisions.
  • Identify the building process changes needed to cost-effectively implement high performance homes.
  • Identify the fundamentals of building science and how builders can use science to solve a wide range of building problems, improve home performance and reduce risks.
  • Understand the basics of HVAC design to lower utility bills, and make for quieter, healthier and more comfortable homes.

Read the Houses That Work course outline here

Gord Cooke is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought-after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner. Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high performance houses.

These modules are free for EEBA members and discount will be applied at checkout.


HERS Associate Course

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How to Cost-Effectively Build Zero Energy Homes

*This training has been designed for Oregon building industry professionals and will include information on OR-specific case studies and programs, however audiences from outside Oregon will find value in the content and are welcome to attend.

Eliminate barriers to ZE home construction and earn a 'Zero Energy Professional' designation. Join EEBA and Earth Advantage for this three-part webinar series on affordable Zero Energy (ZE) home design and construction. Learn how to eliminate common barriers to Zero Energy (ZE) home construction, benefit from the rapid trend towards ZE, and earn a 'Zero Energy Professional' designation.

Zero Energy (ZE) homes are a big part of the future of homebuilding business. While the materials and equipment to reach zero energy are available, designers and builders must create a bundle of energy-efficiency features that matches their climate, customers, and business constraints. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This training will lay out numerous elements of zero energy homebuilding so professionals can formulate a unique package appropriate for their situation.

Participants in this training will learn design principles, equipment options, emerging technologies, material selections, and construction practices that can be integrated into their building process. Strong emphasis is placed on ways to make the final product affordable for homebuyers. Other topics include housing market drivers, localized resources, Oregon case studies, incentive programs, ways to assess and communicate economic benefits, and next steps to put principles into practice.

'Zero Energy Professional' Designation Participants will have the opportunity to earn EEBA's 'Zero Energy Professional' designation and be listed on EEBA & Earth Advantage registries of accredited professionals. To earn the designation, attendees must pass a designation exam and have completed and passed prerequisite trainings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors that are driving the U.S. housing market toward ZE
  • Name barriers to the widespread adoption of ZE homes
  • Describe three ways to present the financial benefits of ZE homes
  • List six affordable ZE features that you can incorporate into your practice
  • Create a marketing and sales messages that your company can use to promote ZE homes
  • Learn about available Energy Trust EPS incentives through their just released Net Zero and Energy Smart Home offerings
  • Bring current house specifications and evaluate options/advancements along the 12 steps to ZE/ZER

High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work

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Healthier Homes Awareness for Building Professionals Certification

We are excited to share with you an opportunity that EEBA is spearheading alongside Allergy Standards, Ltd, Construction Instruction, and Trane Technologies.

On Tuesday, May 5th, EEBA hosted a webinar on “Designing for Health in the Home” with Dr. John McKeon. The response from the EEBA community was instant, with members asking for a way to certify their teams to better understand and market the benefits of health and wellness to their occupants. Alongside our Certified partner Trane Technologies and working with Construction Instruction, EEBA reached out to Allergy Standards to see if we could create an educational program specifically designed for Healthy Homes Certified Professionals that focuses on the Science, Health, Selling, Perspective and Building Science based knowledge that would be required to offer a Certification to our industry. We are pleased to be working alongside Allergy Standards and Construction Instruction to bring this training to the home building industry globally and are grateful to the generosity of Trane Technologies and an Anonymous donor that seeded this educational program with initial donations of $9000.

There are a large number of building professionals in North America with extensive knowledge of their industry and product solutions for all areas of the home. It has been identified that a significant number of these professionals lack the knowledge of the outcomes that these products and services have on the building occupiers, especially where individuals in that building are impacted by respiratory issues (asthma & allergies). The goal of this program is to bridge that knowledge gap and give building professionals the confidence to ask questions and understand how the answers they receive will impact the solutions they recommend.

WHAT IS IT?

This course is being developed by asthma and allergy science experts at Allergy Standards. The same company behind the world famous asthma & allergy friendly® Certification:

  • Provides background on FDA, EPA and other relevant regulations
  • Accredited and beneficial for career progression of the individual
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Video, audio and practical

Approximate duration: 0.5-2 hours per certification category On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Having certified asthma & allergy friendly products is a great way of demonstrating that your business cares about the welfare of the customer. The challenge that the customer faces is understanding the difference between certified and uncertified products.

Instructor: Gord Cooke and Dr. John McKeon

CEUs: 7 AIA LU|HSW, 3.5 BPI, 7 NARI, 7 NAHB, and 7 RESNET credits

More information on the course content here.


Site Supervisor Designation Bundle

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Houses That Work Course Bundle

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High Performance HVAC Contractor

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Building Envelope

Architectural Details of the Control Layers

This is where the building science rubber meets the architect’s road. Steve uses his many high-performance projects to show how high performance is translated into actual assemblies, with real materials, and with tried-and-true project management done cooperatively with the architect and builder. Steve will have you walking away with Easy-to-Understand solutions he uses every day, that meet the new code while providing the means to a comfortable, durable, energy-efficient, valued building enclosure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize thermal management strategies for a High-Performance Home
  • Be able to accomplish proper water management of a High-Performance Home
  • Take home proper air-tightness strategies for a High-Performance Home
  • Embrace proper detailing for a High-Performance Home

Instructor: Steve Baczek

CEU's: 1 AIA LU, and 1 GENERAL


High Performance Insulated Rooflines

This virtual session is intended for professionals in the home performance industry including designers and builders of new, efficient homes. This webinar begins with an overview of building science issues and concepts as they pertain to the roof/ceiling portion of the building thermal envelope. Merits of insulated ceilings and rooflines will be discussed so that participants may apply this knowledge to conditioned attics and vaulted ceilings. The session will review how current energy codes recognize insulated rooflines and will examine different approaches using a combination of methods and materials.

Instructor: Mike Barcik 


Building Science Foundation: Keeping Our Homes Safe and Sound

The building science principles forming the foundation for high performance are how heat moves, how moisture moves, and how the two always work together. The three forms of heat transfer—radiation, conduction, and convection—and the four modes of moisture movement—bulk water, capillary water, air-transported moisture, and vapor diffusion—are covered by practical expressions in buildings. The management of heat and moisture (hygrothermal) is accomplished by continuous control layers—water, air, and thermal—and then inevitable wetting is managed with a vapor profile—dedicated and directional drying by diffusion. This educational module sets the stage for how high performance can be accomplished in the context of model energy code compliance. It also sets the stage for how a high-performance enclosure demands high-performance HVAC, particularly connecting ACCA Manual J (load calculations) with ACCA Manuals S (system sizing) and D (duct distribution and sizing).

Learning Objectives:

  • Employ building science principles in their own design, specification, and construction work.
  • Use the “pen” test to determine control layer continuity in their own building assemblies and enclosures.
  • Connect lower load building enclosures to higher performance HVAC.
  • Work with clients to show how high performance translates into efficiency, better thermal comfort, improved indoor air quality, and less maintenance/greater resilience.

Instructor: Peter Yost

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Airtight, Done Right: Simple and Efficient Strategies

Since the 1990s residential buildings have shown dramatic and consistent improvement in their energy efficiency: Average energy use per square foot is down substantially, and so are average energy use per household and average energy use per household member. Remarkably, these improvements have occurred even while the average home has grown larger and the average number of occupants has declined. How do we account for this extraordinary progress, and what can architects do to continue to improve energy efficiency in residential architecture? More importantly, can they do so in a way that also intelligently manages risk, particularly the risk of water-related failures like rot, corrosion, mold, and odors? This session will present the small design adjustments — using standard materials already included in the project — that architects can make immediately, at low (or no) additional cost, to disproportionately improve air-tightness and energy efficiency in residential architecture. We will also cover what these adjustments actually look like in the field, and equip participants to respond to the most common objections to theses design changes during CA (construction administration), especially those related to constructability and cost.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and rank the major changes in residential architecture that have influenced energy consumption since the 1990s
  • Evaluate the relative importance of common design details in residential construction in terms of their contribution to energy performance (for example porch roofs, attached garages, windows, soffits, etc).
  • Make small adjustments to common existing details that disproportionately improve energy efficiency, comfort, and durability
  • Respond with confidence to the most common objections to the proposed performance improvements related to constructability and cost

Instructor: Christine Williamson

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


The Building Envelope is a Building System

Energy demand and comfort in high performance buildings relies on minimizing loads and maximizing system efficiency to meet the load. Building envelope performance, especially control of art leakage and water intrusion in addition to being critical to building durability, can have a dramatic effect on space conditioning and air distribution energy requirements, and sizing. To understand the interaction between the building envelope and mechanical systems, it is important to consider the building envelope as a complete system itself. Furthermore, to understand the building enclosure system, you must understand the continuity of the building envelope, especially at interfaces and connections. The continuity of the building envelope is critical to the durability and energy efficiency performance of the building and is included in building and energy codes. However, ensuring continuity can be challenging to achieve during construction. This presentation will discuss key considerations such as interface design and overall construction sequencing that must be considered to allow for the continuity of the building envelope. This presentation provides real-world installations that show the positive impact of good envelope designs, and the negative impact of design flaws on building performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of building envelope continuity on the durability and energy efficiency of the building and its systems.
  • Understand how example construction details contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope.
  • Characterize the synergies and interactions between air and water barriers and HVAC system performance and durability.
  • Identify key codes and standards covering the continuity, and durability of the building envelope

Instructor: Theresa Weston

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Over or Under? The Best Options for Installing Both a WRB and Continuous Exterior Insulation

Adding continuous exterior insulation is recognized in the building code as an option for residential structures; and building science supports its use. Unfortunately, few manufacturers provide the details of how to incorporate both a WRB and the insulation with install instructions. Do you put the wrap over or under the foam? What if the windows are installed first? Or if the windows are recessed? Do I use the same fastening schedule? This presentation will provide answers to these questions and many more, including detailed installation instructions for any wrap and foam wall assembly.

Instructor: William Ranson

CEU's: 1 GENERAL


Better Energy Efficiency from the Ground Up

Although below-grade waterproofing and insulation are out of sight, they are integral to a building’s thermal performance. Build better energy efficient homes from the ground up. Even though the parts of buildings that are below grade are less susceptible to the impact of extreme outdoor temperatures, when you have cold dirt, you have a cold basement. Unless the basement is insulated, this year-round cold dirt is slowly costing homeowners more money as their home will consume more energy to keep it warm. Additionally, water is the enemy of insulation. Damp insulation is less effective at blocking the flow of heat than is dry insulation, and can degrade the material over time. So, it is especially important in below-grade applications to consider the management of unwanted moisture. While there are countless steps you can take to make homes more energy efficient, starting from the ground up is the best approach.

Instructor: Mark LaLiberte


Houses That Work Course: Modules

This course outlines the building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that every builder should know so they can understand why some buildings work and others don't. The course will address critical home performance elements that exist as a system and are part of energy efficient homes. The fundamentals of building science will be outlined and applied to help participants make better choices with respect to construction materials and methods. Participants will also learn important information about indoor air quality, including the basics of mold and other pollutant sources, and cost-effective strategies to be able to offer healthier indoor environments.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the elements of high performance homes and how they help respond to code compliance, and the many changes in the residential construction industry, as well as consumer expectations.
  • Understand the fundamentals or air, heat and moisture flow and see how they can be applied to make better material and methods decisions.
  • Identify the building process changes needed to cost-effectively implement high performance homes.
  • Identify the fundamentals of building science and how builders can use science to solve a wide range of building problems, improve home performance and reduce risks.
  • Understand the basics of HVAC design to lower utility bills, and make for quieter, healthier and more comfortable homes.

Read the Houses That Work course outline here

Gord Cooke is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought-after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner. Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high performance houses.

These modules are free for EEBA members and discount will be applied at checkout.


High-Performance Homes - A Simpler Design Strategy

Building and energy codes are pushing builders beyond traditional minimum code wood-framed construction into a more building science-oriented ‘high-performance’ home that requires testing for verification to meet specific standards. To meet these requirements, the new wood framed wall assemblies require more components and more attention to detail, all of which adds construction time, material, and labor costs. The recognition by building science experts that thermal bridging, poor batt insulation applications, and air sealing issues have a direct influence on performance in the short term and the long term for these homes is noteworthy. Having almost 50 years of experience, plus new comparative wall assembly testing, the insulated concrete form wall assembly should be recognized as a simple passive design solution, utilizing an airtight insulated thermal mass assembly, exceeding energy code requirements in all climate zones.

Learing Objectives:

  • Identify the complexity of component-based wood framing assemblies.
  • Review the impact of thermal bridging versus thermal mass to achieve a passive design strategy.
  • Discuss comparative studies of wall assemblies to maintain consistent indoor comfort levels.
  • Explain from testing results how a simple insulated thermal mass wall assembly exceeds energy standard criteria for all climate zones.

Air Sealing - The Foundation of High Performance Homes

Paul Springer from AeroBarrier talks about how as the construction industry is evolving, high performance is becoming the new norm. Consumers are more aware of their options and they demand better homes. Air sealing lies at the heart of any successful building, addressing 3 of the 4 major risk controls (vapor, air flow, and thermal controls). By adopting simple solutions, you can bring flexibility and efficiency to any build process by turning an unpredictable, manual task into a consistent, dependable process. Not only will you easily move into the high-performance construction category, you will be able to achieve this across your building portfolio.
Instructor: Paul Springer

Tips for Installing a Weather Resistive Barrier

Samantha Kambo is a field development specialist at DuPont with a focus on Multifamily Construction, which involves answering inquiries related to the industry. Prior to this role, she worked in Sales for Commercial Construction. Keenan Watson is a field development specialist at DuPont. His primary focus is on the residential side, along with anything roofing related. Working as a field development specialist, Keenan handles every day inquiries that relate to DuPont weatherization products, along with presenting on proper installation and why building science is important.

Instructors: Samantha Kambo and Keenan Watson


Certified SIP Master Builder Course

This course is provided in partnership with the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA).

SIPA offers a $50 membership discount to builders who complete a 10-hour online SIPs course, the first step in joining a prestigious group of builders who are changing the landscape for high performance, advanced building envelope construction.

By completing the BEST course work you are considered a "Builder in Training" and can join SIPA as a member with $50 off the first year membership fee (pay only $85). The next step is to register and enroll in the SIPA Registered Builder Program to achieve "Registered Builder" status and then on to the "SIPA Master Builder" certification. Go to the SIPA Registered Builder Program page to see details.

Instructor: Al Cobb

CEUs: 8 AIA LU/HSW


Dry Basements: A Builder's Success Story

Building Science Deconstructed is a learning series hosted by Dörken Systems Inc. featuring some of the industry's most sought-after building science experts.


Selecting Healthy Insulation and Air Sealants

Energy, climate, materials, and health: What is the connection? Why is it important?

Insulation and air sealing are two cost-effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home. However, the chemicals that are found in some of these products or used during their production can negatively impact the health of the people who manufacture and install products, as well as those who ultimately live in these buildings. We need a better system of policies and regulations that are protective of human health, but for now, we need professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the materials they use. Building professionals who specify and install materials have the opportunity to make significant impacts on health and the environment by choosing healthier materials. Join HBN Senior Researcher, Rebecca Stamm, and HomeFree Manager, Roberto Valle, to learn:

● The connection between energy, climate, materials, and health

● Why these things matter

● How you can start selecting healthier insulation and air sealants in your projects

Instructors: Rebecca Stam, Roberto Valle Kinloch


Options for Balanced Ventilation & Tighter Envelopes

We’ve all heard that we need to “Build Tight and Ventilate Right,” but do we have the approaches that we need that are cost competitive, bring sales opportunities, and are beneficial to resiliency, comfort, and IEQ? In this webinar, we’ll briefly cover why it’s important to use balanced ventilation in tighter homes, but we will then move on to the most common strategies for getting each component right. This includes strategies for achieving tighter buildings and then a review of the seven most common balanced ventilation strategies with some tips and tricks along the way to make it work. Join Dan Wildenhaus, Technical Advisor and Industry Liaison for BetterBuiltNW on this journey to getting homes dialed in for our codes, certification programs, and most importantly our homebuyers’ future experience.

Instructor: Dan Wildenhaus


The "Perfect Storm" is here. Protect yourself with the right building envelope.

The built environment has been stagnant in terms of innovation for years. Suddenly, there is a perfect storm brewing forcing change amongst our industry's influencers. The trifecta of escalating material costs, skilled labor shortages, and increasing energy code requirements have combined at once to post a challenge that builders, architects, and engineers are scrambling to address. The good news is the AEC industry can combat this "perfect storm" by optimizing one key component of the building system - and that is the Building Envelope. More and more options exist to save time, money, and energy with turn-key envelope solutions. This presentation will address what elements matter most in the envelope, what solutions exist for envelopes to combat the "perfect storm" and discuss the advantages of offsite/prefabricated vs. site framed building envelope systems.

Presenters

  • Loren Groeschl, Territory Manager, Premier Building Systems, Colorado

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Webinar Energy Code - Module 5: Insulation Installation Requirements

This class will discuss mandatory and prescriptive insulation requirements in the IECC, as well as the building science rationale for these requirements. Attendees will explore important code compliant installation details, learn in what ways the code is flexible with multiple installation options, and understand how the new structure and details in the 2021 IECC change compliance requirements.

Instructor: Joe Nebbia


Energy Code - Module 6: Air Sealing Requirements

This class will discuss the air sealing requirements of the IECC, all of which are mandatory, as well as some new flexibility added in the 2021 IECC.  The audience will learn what air sealing details are needed for compliance with the visual inspection tables, as well as air-tightness testing requirements in the code.  The class will focus on successful strategies for meeting code air sealing targets.


Energy Code - Module 7: Ducts, HVAC, Hot Water, and Lighting

This class will explain mandatory and prescriptive requirements related to duct installation, insulation, sealing, and testing, as well as requirements for heating, cooling, and hot water systems and controls. The class will also discuss mandatory requirements for mechanical ventilation and the building science rationale for these requirements. Attendees will also learn about code lighting requirements. An emphasis will be placed on explaining how these code requirements have changed through various editions of the IECC, and finally what the 2021 IECC requires.


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What is a High-Performance Home and How to Consistently Deliver It at Lower Cost

Once homebuyers purchase new homes often based on infatuation with community and design, bad home performance experiences can negate all the hard work earning customer satisfaction. It is critical to get high-performance right. This course begins that process with lessons-learned from decades of experience as a residential architect and work with thousands of home builders while serving as national director for ENERGY STAR Certified Home and Zero Energy Ready Home. The resulting framework for high performance homes includes five key strategies and over 40 best practices for applying them with substantial cost savings. Most importantly, this framework has been intensively researched, vetted, and refined over five years with hundreds of housing industry executives. The goal is not to dogmatically impose one solution for all, but to engage housing professionals to high-performance as a journey and how to get on their own path. 



Learning Objectives:


1. Learn why user experience is the new imperative.


2. Learn what are the five key housing user experiences. 


3. Learn 4 strategies with over 40 best practices for consistently optimizing the home performance UX.


4. Learn how high-performance is a journey to chart your own path.

Sam Rashkin has earned an international reputation for his work engaging thousands of homebuilders as national director for ENERGY STAR Certified Home and Chief Architect with the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office directing Zero Energy Ready Home. Over two-and-a-half million high-performance homes have now been certified under these programs. Through this decades of experience, research, and detailed observations, Sam has learned two things. One, high performance is a critical must-have for success in the housing industry. Two, high-performance is not nearly enough to meet the new user experience imperative. Sam’s latest work and new book, “Housing 2.0 – A Disruption Survival Guide,” provides the guidance needed for high-performance builders to become industry leaders with a comprehensive framework for optimizing the housing user experience.


Building Science

Architectural Details of the Control Layers

This is where the building science rubber meets the architect’s road. Steve uses his many high-performance projects to show how high performance is translated into actual assemblies, with real materials, and with tried-and-true project management done cooperatively with the architect and builder. Steve will have you walking away with Easy-to-Understand solutions he uses every day, that meet the new code while providing the means to a comfortable, durable, energy-efficient, valued building enclosure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize thermal management strategies for a High-Performance Home
  • Be able to accomplish proper water management of a High-Performance Home
  • Take home proper air-tightness strategies for a High-Performance Home
  • Embrace proper detailing for a High-Performance Home

Instructor: Steve Baczek

CEU's: 1 AIA LU, and 1 GENERAL


Mainstreaming Modular High-Performance Homes: Research, Collaboration, & Best Practices of Building Science & Construction

The 3-part session will be moderated by NREL and aims to focus on knowledge dissemination from ongoing research, collaboration opportunities, and best practices thriving at the intersection of advance building science and advanced building construction to deliver affordable high-performance homes.

Part 1: Ongoing Research: Brief insight to NREL’s early wins in leveraging the benefits of industrialized construction—higher-quality buildings, faster construction timelines, improved productivity, increased technology integration, and labor cost savings—to enable cost-effective strategies for high-efficiency and beyond (zero carbon/electrification), healthy homes (including indoor air quality), integrated high-performance HVAC, and resilience (integrated grid-interactive controls and renewables).

Part 2: Collaboration Opportunities for High Performance Housing Professionals: Introduction by Wells Fargo presenter on Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge and the WF Innovation Incubator (IN2). Housing professionals will learn about their details, how these opportunities are part of WF’s affordable housing initiative, and how they align strongly with NREL’s expertise in construction innovation and energy efficiency.

Part 3: As an effort to mainstreaming affordable high-performance homes, NREL is engaging with building manufacturers, developers, and permanent modular construction factories to overcome barriers of cost, construction speed, and limited labor expertise. NREL has identified best practices of modular high-performance home builders and have invited SimpleHomes to present about their thriving business.

  • Learn about strategies at the intersection of advance building science and advanced construction to deliver affordable high-performance homes
  • Learn about early wins from NREL’s ongoing research with modular builders to enable and integrate cost-effective energy efficiency strategies for HP buildings, especially low-rise multifamily.

Instructors: Trish Cozart, Shanti Pless, Ankur Podder, Stacey Rothgeb, & David Schultz

CEU's: 1 GENERAL


High Performance Insulated Rooflines

This virtual session is intended for professionals in the home performance industry including designers and builders of new, efficient homes. This webinar begins with an overview of building science issues and concepts as they pertain to the roof/ceiling portion of the building thermal envelope. Merits of insulated ceilings and rooflines will be discussed so that participants may apply this knowledge to conditioned attics and vaulted ceilings. The session will review how current energy codes recognize insulated rooflines and will examine different approaches using a combination of methods and materials.

Instructor: Mike Barcik 


Building Science Foundation: Keeping Our Homes Safe and Sound

The building science principles forming the foundation for high performance are how heat moves, how moisture moves, and how the two always work together. The three forms of heat transfer—radiation, conduction, and convection—and the four modes of moisture movement—bulk water, capillary water, air-transported moisture, and vapor diffusion—are covered by practical expressions in buildings. The management of heat and moisture (hygrothermal) is accomplished by continuous control layers—water, air, and thermal—and then inevitable wetting is managed with a vapor profile—dedicated and directional drying by diffusion. This educational module sets the stage for how high performance can be accomplished in the context of model energy code compliance. It also sets the stage for how a high-performance enclosure demands high-performance HVAC, particularly connecting ACCA Manual J (load calculations) with ACCA Manuals S (system sizing) and D (duct distribution and sizing).

Learning Objectives:

  • Employ building science principles in their own design, specification, and construction work.
  • Use the “pen” test to determine control layer continuity in their own building assemblies and enclosures.
  • Connect lower load building enclosures to higher performance HVAC.
  • Work with clients to show how high performance translates into efficiency, better thermal comfort, improved indoor air quality, and less maintenance/greater resilience.

Instructor: Peter Yost

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Airtight, Done Right: Simple and Efficient Strategies

Since the 1990s residential buildings have shown dramatic and consistent improvement in their energy efficiency: Average energy use per square foot is down substantially, and so are average energy use per household and average energy use per household member. Remarkably, these improvements have occurred even while the average home has grown larger and the average number of occupants has declined. How do we account for this extraordinary progress, and what can architects do to continue to improve energy efficiency in residential architecture? More importantly, can they do so in a way that also intelligently manages risk, particularly the risk of water-related failures like rot, corrosion, mold, and odors? This session will present the small design adjustments — using standard materials already included in the project — that architects can make immediately, at low (or no) additional cost, to disproportionately improve air-tightness and energy efficiency in residential architecture. We will also cover what these adjustments actually look like in the field, and equip participants to respond to the most common objections to theses design changes during CA (construction administration), especially those related to constructability and cost.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and rank the major changes in residential architecture that have influenced energy consumption since the 1990s
  • Evaluate the relative importance of common design details in residential construction in terms of their contribution to energy performance (for example porch roofs, attached garages, windows, soffits, etc).
  • Make small adjustments to common existing details that disproportionately improve energy efficiency, comfort, and durability
  • Respond with confidence to the most common objections to the proposed performance improvements related to constructability and cost

Instructor: Christine Williamson

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Over or Under? The Best Options for Installing Both a WRB and Continuous Exterior Insulation

Adding continuous exterior insulation is recognized in the building code as an option for residential structures; and building science supports its use. Unfortunately, few manufacturers provide the details of how to incorporate both a WRB and the insulation with install instructions. Do you put the wrap over or under the foam? What if the windows are installed first? Or if the windows are recessed? Do I use the same fastening schedule? This presentation will provide answers to these questions and many more, including detailed installation instructions for any wrap and foam wall assembly.

Instructor: William Ranson

CEU's: 1 GENERAL


Better Energy Efficiency from the Ground Up

Although below-grade waterproofing and insulation are out of sight, they are integral to a building’s thermal performance. Build better energy efficient homes from the ground up. Even though the parts of buildings that are below grade are less susceptible to the impact of extreme outdoor temperatures, when you have cold dirt, you have a cold basement. Unless the basement is insulated, this year-round cold dirt is slowly costing homeowners more money as their home will consume more energy to keep it warm. Additionally, water is the enemy of insulation. Damp insulation is less effective at blocking the flow of heat than is dry insulation, and can degrade the material over time. So, it is especially important in below-grade applications to consider the management of unwanted moisture. While there are countless steps you can take to make homes more energy efficient, starting from the ground up is the best approach.

Instructor: Mark LaLiberte


Site Supervisor Designation: Modules

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Houses That Work Course: Modules

This course outlines the building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that every builder should know so they can understand why some buildings work and others don't. The course will address critical home performance elements that exist as a system and are part of energy efficient homes. The fundamentals of building science will be outlined and applied to help participants make better choices with respect to construction materials and methods. Participants will also learn important information about indoor air quality, including the basics of mold and other pollutant sources, and cost-effective strategies to be able to offer healthier indoor environments.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the elements of high performance homes and how they help respond to code compliance, and the many changes in the residential construction industry, as well as consumer expectations.
  • Understand the fundamentals or air, heat and moisture flow and see how they can be applied to make better material and methods decisions.
  • Identify the building process changes needed to cost-effectively implement high performance homes.
  • Identify the fundamentals of building science and how builders can use science to solve a wide range of building problems, improve home performance and reduce risks.
  • Understand the basics of HVAC design to lower utility bills, and make for quieter, healthier and more comfortable homes.

Read the Houses That Work course outline here

Gord Cooke is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought-after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner. Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high performance houses.

These modules are free for EEBA members and discount will be applied at checkout.


HERS Associate Course

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How to Cost-Effectively Build Zero Energy Homes

*This training has been designed for Oregon building industry professionals and will include information on OR-specific case studies and programs, however audiences from outside Oregon will find value in the content and are welcome to attend.

Eliminate barriers to ZE home construction and earn a 'Zero Energy Professional' designation. Join EEBA and Earth Advantage for this three-part webinar series on affordable Zero Energy (ZE) home design and construction. Learn how to eliminate common barriers to Zero Energy (ZE) home construction, benefit from the rapid trend towards ZE, and earn a 'Zero Energy Professional' designation.

Zero Energy (ZE) homes are a big part of the future of homebuilding business. While the materials and equipment to reach zero energy are available, designers and builders must create a bundle of energy-efficiency features that matches their climate, customers, and business constraints. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This training will lay out numerous elements of zero energy homebuilding so professionals can formulate a unique package appropriate for their situation.

Participants in this training will learn design principles, equipment options, emerging technologies, material selections, and construction practices that can be integrated into their building process. Strong emphasis is placed on ways to make the final product affordable for homebuyers. Other topics include housing market drivers, localized resources, Oregon case studies, incentive programs, ways to assess and communicate economic benefits, and next steps to put principles into practice.

'Zero Energy Professional' Designation Participants will have the opportunity to earn EEBA's 'Zero Energy Professional' designation and be listed on EEBA & Earth Advantage registries of accredited professionals. To earn the designation, attendees must pass a designation exam and have completed and passed prerequisite trainings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors that are driving the U.S. housing market toward ZE
  • Name barriers to the widespread adoption of ZE homes
  • Describe three ways to present the financial benefits of ZE homes
  • List six affordable ZE features that you can incorporate into your practice
  • Create a marketing and sales messages that your company can use to promote ZE homes
  • Learn about available Energy Trust EPS incentives through their just released Net Zero and Energy Smart Home offerings
  • Bring current house specifications and evaluate options/advancements along the 12 steps to ZE/ZER

High-Performance Homes - A Simpler Design Strategy

Building and energy codes are pushing builders beyond traditional minimum code wood-framed construction into a more building science-oriented ‘high-performance’ home that requires testing for verification to meet specific standards. To meet these requirements, the new wood framed wall assemblies require more components and more attention to detail, all of which adds construction time, material, and labor costs. The recognition by building science experts that thermal bridging, poor batt insulation applications, and air sealing issues have a direct influence on performance in the short term and the long term for these homes is noteworthy. Having almost 50 years of experience, plus new comparative wall assembly testing, the insulated concrete form wall assembly should be recognized as a simple passive design solution, utilizing an airtight insulated thermal mass assembly, exceeding energy code requirements in all climate zones.

Learing Objectives:

  • Identify the complexity of component-based wood framing assemblies.
  • Review the impact of thermal bridging versus thermal mass to achieve a passive design strategy.
  • Discuss comparative studies of wall assemblies to maintain consistent indoor comfort levels.
  • Explain from testing results how a simple insulated thermal mass wall assembly exceeds energy standard criteria for all climate zones.

Air Sealing - The Foundation of High Performance Homes

Paul Springer from AeroBarrier talks about how as the construction industry is evolving, high performance is becoming the new norm. Consumers are more aware of their options and they demand better homes. Air sealing lies at the heart of any successful building, addressing 3 of the 4 major risk controls (vapor, air flow, and thermal controls). By adopting simple solutions, you can bring flexibility and efficiency to any build process by turning an unpredictable, manual task into a consistent, dependable process. Not only will you easily move into the high-performance construction category, you will be able to achieve this across your building portfolio.
Instructor: Paul Springer

Tips for Installing a Weather Resistive Barrier

Samantha Kambo is a field development specialist at DuPont with a focus on Multifamily Construction, which involves answering inquiries related to the industry. Prior to this role, she worked in Sales for Commercial Construction. Keenan Watson is a field development specialist at DuPont. His primary focus is on the residential side, along with anything roofing related. Working as a field development specialist, Keenan handles every day inquiries that relate to DuPont weatherization products, along with presenting on proper installation and why building science is important.

Instructors: Samantha Kambo and Keenan Watson


Dry Basements: A Builder's Success Story

Building Science Deconstructed is a learning series hosted by Dörken Systems Inc. featuring some of the industry's most sought-after building science experts.


High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work

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Rainscreens: A Builder’s Experience

Do you know how a properly installed rainscreen makes your building envelope more durable? In the first part of this webinar, Peter Barrett of Dorken Systems will look at how rainscreens work to add drainage and drying capacity to a typical residential wall. In the second part, Chris Donatelli of Donatelli Builders will discuss the real-life building and renovation of a home in Chicago. As original builder, Chris will tell his story of constructing the original home, issues he discovered, and his road to sustainable repair of the walls. You will hear his actual experience managing the moisture issues along with amazing details about when, where, and how damage occurred and was remediated.

You will learn to:

· Easily design rainscreen principles into your walls

· Evaluate the long-term benefits of added drainage and drying

· Understand the impact of moisture management issues

· Apply appropriate remediation techniques


High Performance Zero Energy Home Design

High performance zero energy homes provide many benefits including cost savings, energy resiliency, durability, comfort, and sustainable operation. While these types of homes have been built for a long time, the knowledge of how to build them has historically been kept by few. Now with increasingly stringent building codes across the U.S., driven by long-term energy policy and growing demands on the energy grid, all builders and implementers need to know how to build high performance. This session will review key strategies to build high performance zero energy homes discussing measures that impact building envelope, heating, cooling, ventilation, water heating, and other loads. The presentation will highlight electric technology including heat pumps.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand key strategies to build high performance zero energy homes
  2. Examine strategies to reduce building heating and cooling loads
  3. Examine common mechanical systems
  4. Identify key system interactions in high performance zero energy homes

Instructor: Alea German


House as a System – A Holistic Approach (Part 2)

Webinar 3 concludes our review of the 11 critical steps involved in building a house as a ‘system.’ We look at managing occupant comfort and indoor air quality through system design by addressing such topics as building a better basement wall, reducing the A/C size, and creating greater comfort in the house by the windows we select, to name a few.

Learning Objectives:

1. Basement walls: understanding the strange case of Jekyll & Hyde.

2. Analyzing windows – design for humans, not cyborgs.

3. Recognizing high performance HVAC. Right size matters!

4. Understanding loads and impacts for heating, cooling, ventilation, and humidity.

Instructor: Doug Tarry


Whole House Mechanical Ventilation Options

This one-hour webinar explains requirements for mechanical ventilation for single-family homes and options for code compliance. The class will also explore best practice options by climate zone and will discuss common ventilation installation mistakes.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify the code requirements for ventilation
- Describe the 4 primary methods for whole house mechanical ventilation
- Compare options and identify best practice based on climate zone
- Recognize and avoid common design and installation mistakes

InstructorMatt Evans


Energy Code - Module 2: Window and Insulation Tables (Climate Zones 1 and 2)

This class will discuss code requirements found in the prescriptive window and insulation requirements and how these requirements have changed through various code editions (2009-2021). The audience will learn how to interpret the tables, understand different insulation types that comply and explore innovative examples. The class will discuss how the code tables are intended to control conductive heat flow, and will explain how the code treats concepts like "effective R-value" and U-value. The class will also discuss flexibility allowed through different compliance options within the prescriptive compliance path. This module will cover IECC Climate Zones 1 and 2 while other modules will cover other climate zones.


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize Minimum Code Requirements
  • Describe the energy code compliance path options and required information/documentation for typical permit applications, compliance information on construction documents, and completion documents/certifications
  • Recognize a variety of energy code compliance options related to common decision points in construction

Instructor: Joe Nebbia


Webinar Energy Code - Module 5: Insulation Installation Requirements

This class will discuss mandatory and prescriptive insulation requirements in the IECC, as well as the building science rationale for these requirements. Attendees will explore important code compliant installation details, learn in what ways the code is flexible with multiple installation options, and understand how the new structure and details in the 2021 IECC change compliance requirements.

Instructor: Joe Nebbia


Energy Code - Module 6: Air Sealing Requirements

This class will discuss the air sealing requirements of the IECC, all of which are mandatory, as well as some new flexibility added in the 2021 IECC.  The audience will learn what air sealing details are needed for compliance with the visual inspection tables, as well as air-tightness testing requirements in the code.  The class will focus on successful strategies for meeting code air sealing targets.


Energy Code - Module 7: Ducts, HVAC, Hot Water, and Lighting

This class will explain mandatory and prescriptive requirements related to duct installation, insulation, sealing, and testing, as well as requirements for heating, cooling, and hot water systems and controls. The class will also discuss mandatory requirements for mechanical ventilation and the building science rationale for these requirements. Attendees will also learn about code lighting requirements. An emphasis will be placed on explaining how these code requirements have changed through various editions of the IECC, and finally what the 2021 IECC requires.


Module 8: Performance path options (R405 and R406), and additional efficiency path options

Energy Code Module 8: Performance path options (R405 and R406), and additional efficiency path options

This class will explain how to use the various performance path options in the IECC (Section R405 and R406) – their structure, the flexibility allowed in each, and the limitations of each.  The audience will explore various scenarios for which compliance path will best suit certain construction choices.  Finally, the class will explain the new required additional efficiency packages in R408 in the 2021 IECC. 


What is the Future of Housing with Certainty and How Will it Affect High-Performance Homes?

Virtually every major industry has experienced, or is in the process of experiencing, disruption. Think retail, personal transportation, automobiles, computing, music, photography, media, and the list goes on and on. Housing in the U.S. has been able to sit on the sidelines with its first cost dominated business model and uniquely disaggregated industry…but not for much longer. That’s because there are five crises driving four innovations that will disrupt an industry totally resistant to change. A certainty by simply connecting the dots. Understanding these changes and preparing for them will be critical for all high-performance housing professionals. Will you be ready?

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn what five housing crises are converging on the housing industry imposing profound pain.
2. Learn what four housing innovations are waiting in the wings with impressive pain relief. 
3. Learn what housing disruption is certain by simply connecting the dots.
4. Learn how high-performance housing professionals can prepare for the disruption ahead.


What is a High-Performance Home and How to Consistently Deliver It at Lower Cost

Once homebuyers purchase new homes often based on infatuation with community and design, bad home performance experiences can negate all the hard work earning customer satisfaction. It is critical to get high-performance right. This course begins that process with lessons-learned from decades of experience as a residential architect and work with thousands of home builders while serving as national director for ENERGY STAR Certified Home and Zero Energy Ready Home. The resulting framework for high performance homes includes five key strategies and over 40 best practices for applying them with substantial cost savings. Most importantly, this framework has been intensively researched, vetted, and refined over five years with hundreds of housing industry executives. The goal is not to dogmatically impose one solution for all, but to engage housing professionals to high-performance as a journey and how to get on their own path. 



Learning Objectives:


1. Learn why user experience is the new imperative.


2. Learn what are the five key housing user experiences. 


3. Learn 4 strategies with over 40 best practices for consistently optimizing the home performance UX.


4. Learn how high-performance is a journey to chart your own path.

Sam Rashkin has earned an international reputation for his work engaging thousands of homebuilders as national director for ENERGY STAR Certified Home and Chief Architect with the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office directing Zero Energy Ready Home. Over two-and-a-half million high-performance homes have now been certified under these programs. Through this decades of experience, research, and detailed observations, Sam has learned two things. One, high performance is a critical must-have for success in the housing industry. Two, high-performance is not nearly enough to meet the new user experience imperative. Sam’s latest work and new book, “Housing 2.0 – A Disruption Survival Guide,” provides the guidance needed for high-performance builders to become industry leaders with a comprehensive framework for optimizing the housing user experience.


Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All-Electric Home - Builders share their experience

Builders share why installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate high-efficiency water heating into buildings. 

Instructors: Geoff Wickes , Leigha Dickens, Juan Fernandez, 

Attendees of this webinar are eligible for 1 AIA LU|HSW credit.


Inspiring Homebuyers and Building Owners to Demand Net-Zero Energy and Zero Emission Homes/Buildings

Net-zero energy and zero emission homes/buildings are being built ALL across the U.S. and yet so many buyers either don’t know this level of performance, including optimized comfort and minimized maintenance, is within their grasp. Or, if they do know about it, they too often assume it is still “too cutting-edge” and thus too expensive to be in their home. Our panelists on this episode are educating and helping dispel the misunderstanding that this type of performance is only available for the ultra-wealthy. 


Paul Kriescher, Executive Producer/Host of the new PBS/YouTube series, Heart of a Building, does this by showcasing the inspiring “why” stories behind inspired homes and buildings across Colorado and soon from across the U.S. beginning with the Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL areas. David Takahashi is a Boulder homeowner who renovated his 1954 “energy-hog” of a home into a net-zero energy home after Climate Change enhanced fire and flood (destroyed and damaged, respectively) previous homes he owned a decade earlier. Paul Hutton is the Director of Regenerative Design at the Cuningham Group where he specializes in optimizing daylighting and building performance for schools and commercial buildings across the U.S.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how and why people design and build/remodel net-zero energy houses/buildings.
2. Learn about the true costs of net-zero energy home construction vs. operational, maintenance and environmental impact savings (new and retrofit).
3. Understand the importance of the thermal envelope prior to electrifying heating, cooling and ventilation equipment.
4. Learn why solar PV is the “icing on the cake”, not the first step.

Speakers: 

Paul Kriescher, Paul Hutton, & David Takahashi


Electrification

Electric Buildings - A Path to Healthier People + Planet

The planet is in trouble and its human occupants don’t fare much better as rates of cancer, asthma, infertility and obesity increase. Most states have aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change while medical and building professionals continue to make the health connection between buildings and people. The electric grid becomes exponentially cleaner as we employ zero emission technologies paired with renewables like wind and solar. All electric buildings can be much simpler to operate and maintain while improving human health. They are often cleaner, safer and more comfortable. Consideration for systems, materials and finishes with low embodied, as well as operational carbon is critical. From mid-rise, multifamily to zero-energy single-family, the examples in this presentation demonstrate simple, efficient, practical applications with lessons learned and the anticipation of a zero emissions future.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what “electrifying” means in today’s building lingo
  • Respond to the top arguments against electrification, including “it’s too expensive to operate” and “total carbon use is higher”
  • Understand the top technical challenges of electrifying existing buildings and industry-standard new construction

Instructor: Karla Butterfield 

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Overcoming PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs with Solar+Storage

In the Fall of 2019, over 3 million people in Northern California faced a startling realization as PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) commenced, leaving homes completely powerless for days at a time. The PSPS program was designed to preemptively de-energize transmission lines considered “at risk for failure” by the heightened fire threat due to dry conditions and gusty winds. The October 2019 PSPS events were the worst suffered in California’s history, leaving over 940,000 PG&E customers without power for several days on two separate occasions. Homeowners with solar+storage systems, however, were able to overcome the PSPS events by generating and storing all the energy they needed for daily use – without any disruption of power – until the PSPS period came to a close. This presentation will provide testimonials of customers in California’s fire zones who were able to overcome the PSPS events with solar+storage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the necessity of power shutoffs in high fire threat areas, and the potential risks and consequences of sustained outages.
  • Understand ToU (Time of Use) electricity tariffs and how grid-tied battery backup systems can utilize peak-load shifting to save energy and money.
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of home battery backup systems versus home generators, particularly during prolonged power shutoffs.
  • Discuss solar+storage solutions, and their benefits for the environment compared to other available systems.

Instructor: Aric Saunders

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Plug In, Turn On & Cook Up: Electric Kitchens Have Arrived!

A myth-busting live cooking and tech tour with Electric Kitchens Super-Fan Chef Rachelle Boucher, co-founder of Kitchens to Life with our special guest, Karla Butterfield from SWA and Aaron Smith, CEO of EEBA. Confusion about all-electric building codes and cooking options got you turned off? Get plugged in to an empowering event with code-clarifying, myth-busting details that will turn you on to electric cooking for life with better cooking performance, safer, healthier homes and a sustainable planet.

Instructors: Rachelle Boucher, Karla Butterfield, & Aaron Smith


How to Cut Your Heating & Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint to Zero, by Someone Who Has Done It

This free webinar will help you to save a lot of money and cut your carbon footprint. In addition, all attendees will receive a free electronic version (for iPad or Kindle) of David Green's highly-acclaimed book Zero Carbon Home. In this webinar I describe what we did to cut our home's carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero. I am saving so much money on bills that I am earning a 15% return on my investments in heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels, which I call the fab four. Yes, I am a Brit and a Beatles fan.


140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

As policymakers, builders, utilities, and end users seek to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of our homes, it is critical to address the low installed efficiency of traditional equipment serving what is often the most significant load, space heating and domestic hot water. New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers. This session will provide an overview of the technology, and share energy performance, operating cost, CO2e emissions basis and comfort results from multiple lab and field demonstrations, including sharing the perspective of installing contractors.

Instructors: Jason LaFleur

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. Learn about the Gateway to Zero from Team Zero members Jack Armstrong and Sam Rashkin. This webinar will be hosted by Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, Rich Binsacca, and also include Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders and Karla Butterfield of Steven Winter Associates.

Instructors: Rich Binsacca, Jack Armstrong, Sam Rashkin, Karla Butterfield, & Bill Rectanus


Revolutionizing Clean Energy Design in Residential Buildings

Join sonnen and EEBA for a presentation on how new smart, energy management technology is revolutionizing residential design and enabling a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. In addition to enabling net zero, sustainable, and energy efficient design, using solar + sonnen intelligent batteries with the option to pair with home automation to mange how homes produce energy, store energy and use it to reduce energy costs and improve energy security. Gain insights on business models for new communities, like Jasper by Mandalay Homes and Soleil Lofts by the Wasatch Group, that use these technologies to create a blueprint for entire clean energy communities that are financially beneficial for homeowners, developers, and the local utility.

Instructor: Geoff Ferrell


Net Zero Energy and Battery Storage in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home features a 7.8 kWh rooftop solar array as a standard feature to help achieve net-zero energy goals. But instead of selling surplus electricity back to the local utility as energy credits, an innovative battery storage system scaled for single-family keeps it on site. Learn how Thrive Home Builders incorporated that system (and why) and its impact on energy resources for housing. Hosted by Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, we will also hear from panelists Sam Rashkin from the Department of Energy, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Adam Weinstein of sonnen Inc., Dennis Helblig of SunStreet, and Nathan Kahre from EnergyLogic.


Take Control of Your Electricity Bills with Home Energy Storage

There are hundreds of technologies available on the market today that are designed to "green" your home. However, a new market is emerging that takes home energy management to the next level: energy storage. Outside of California, the term "home energy storage" may be unfamiliar: this market segment was nearly nonexistent in 2017. However, by the end of 2019, home energy storage comprised over one-third of the total energy storage market nationally. By 2021, it will become a billion-dollar domestic market. While green tech can improve the efficiency and sustainability of your home's daily operations, no other technology allows you to take complete control over your energy usage and costs like energy storage technologies that allow you to store energy for use when you need it (thus avoiding spikes in electricity costs caused by daily variations in supply and demand). This presentation will walk the audience through the components of a fully integrated home energy storage, management and monitoring system, as well as its standard functions. Audience members will learn how they can utilize home battery technology not only to minimize electricity costs, but also how to protect against power outages, participate in incentive programs, and even connect a battery to home solar or other smart-home devices (smartphone included).


"Walk the Wok” in the Year of the Ox: An "Electric" Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebration

Chef Rachelle Boucher of Kitchens to Life cooks her favorite Chinese New Year dishes as two of the top experts in Indoor Air Quality bring a fresh perspective to traditional cooking and the vital role of ventilation in today's homes.

Brady Seals, Senior Associate in Rocky Mountain Institute's Building Electrification program, will share her insights on the health effects from gas stoves and how and why the topic of indoor air quality is so urgent right now. She will be joined by Alex Siow, director of Monark Premium Appliance in San Francisco and founder of Zephyr Ventilation, who will deep-dive into today's ventilation technology and options. Both Brady and Alex have worked in countries all over the world, and this global insight is a perfect pairing for the induction cooking and ventilation demonstration that Rachelle will be doing in the Electric Kitchen Workshop featuring the Elica NikkolaTesla Switch induction and ventilation cooktop and the Elica Haiku hood.

Instructors: Rachelle Boucher, Brady Seals, Alex Siow


Reno on Rockridge Case Study

This 1924 Colonial home had fallen into severe disrepair before coming up for sale. As part of the muchneeded renovation, the new homeowners (two Steven Winter Associates, Inc. employees) wanted to eliminate onsite combustion and produce as much of their operating electricity as possible. Other goals included lower embodied energy materials and a healthy indoor environment. LEED v4.1 for Homes offered one platform to address energy, health, and materials. The home was gutted down to the foundation, framing, and floors before the year-long renovation. After the first 8 months of occupancy (July—February), the home produced 14% more energy than it consumed.

Homeowners: Maureen Mahle and Steve Klocke

Moderator: Aaron Smith


Where Are We Headed with Home Electrification?

Many countries, including the US, are seeking ways to decrease current carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to respond to the concerns about global warming. Electrification of homes is a key strategy in transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. LBNL recently completed a study that surveyed the deep retrofits of more than 1,500 homes across the US. The findings identify emerging trends in deep energy retrofit projects and we outline where changes are occurring most rapidly, such as electrification, decarbonization, advancing heat pump technologies, smart controls, and new program designs. While this study focused on renovation of existing homes, many of the key technical issues, barriers and solutions together with market transformation needs also apply in new construction.

Presenters

  • Brennan Less, LBNL
  • Iain Walker, Mechanical Staff Scientist/Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
  • Nuria Casquero-Modrego, PhD, LBNL

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Building Smart & Sustainable Homes in the New Energy Landscape

Residential energy is changing quickly with new mandates, greater demand for electricity and an aging infrastructure. Home builders today are meeting these challenges in new ways to build homes of the future today. With new strategies and solutions, home builders are building not just smart homes, but homes with smart, sustainable, resilient energy.


Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about the macro forces influencing the new energy landscape.
2. Hear how homebuilders are leveraging this opportunity to differentiate themselves in the market.
3. Understand some of the solutions to simplify building smart, sustainable and resilient homes in 2022.

Instructor: Brad Wills


Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All-Electric Home - Builders share their experience

Builders share why installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate high-efficiency water heating into buildings. 

Instructors: Geoff Wickes , Leigha Dickens, Juan Fernandez, 

Attendees of this webinar are eligible for 1 AIA LU|HSW credit.


Inspiring Homebuyers and Building Owners to Demand Net-Zero Energy and Zero Emission Homes/Buildings

Net-zero energy and zero emission homes/buildings are being built ALL across the U.S. and yet so many buyers either don’t know this level of performance, including optimized comfort and minimized maintenance, is within their grasp. Or, if they do know about it, they too often assume it is still “too cutting-edge” and thus too expensive to be in their home. Our panelists on this episode are educating and helping dispel the misunderstanding that this type of performance is only available for the ultra-wealthy. 


Paul Kriescher, Executive Producer/Host of the new PBS/YouTube series, Heart of a Building, does this by showcasing the inspiring “why” stories behind inspired homes and buildings across Colorado and soon from across the U.S. beginning with the Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL areas. David Takahashi is a Boulder homeowner who renovated his 1954 “energy-hog” of a home into a net-zero energy home after Climate Change enhanced fire and flood (destroyed and damaged, respectively) previous homes he owned a decade earlier. Paul Hutton is the Director of Regenerative Design at the Cuningham Group where he specializes in optimizing daylighting and building performance for schools and commercial buildings across the U.S.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how and why people design and build/remodel net-zero energy houses/buildings.
2. Learn about the true costs of net-zero energy home construction vs. operational, maintenance and environmental impact savings (new and retrofit).
3. Understand the importance of the thermal envelope prior to electrifying heating, cooling and ventilation equipment.
4. Learn why solar PV is the “icing on the cake”, not the first step.

Speakers: 

Paul Kriescher, Paul Hutton, & David Takahashi


HVAC

Ventilation and Air Sealing's Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Through the DOE Building America program, GTI, the University of Illinois, and MEEA are studying the impact that strategic air sealing and the introduction of supply and exhaust ventilation has on energy consumption and indoor air quality. Once a home is recruited to participate, a baseline of contaminant levels is collected for a three-week period. After the baseline is established, homes have air sealing done to their home. For control homes, contractors air seal as they typically would (most likely in the attic). For treatment homes, air sealing is performed, as applicable, at sump pumps, ground covers, large cracks and between the foundation and outside. Ducts are also sealed and air handler flow is adjusted. Contaminants are then measured for an additional three-week period. The specific contaminants that are measured throughout the course of the study are carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, radon and humidity. All of the participating homes also have supply and exhaust ventilation installed to measure the impact this has on contaminant levels, and the impact of different ventilation strategies will be described through the case study data. During this session, attendees will learn about preliminary data we are seeing as through the study.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the impact that strategic air sealing has on indoor air quality
  • Describe the impact supply and exhaust ventilation have on indoor air quality
  • Understand study results of a DOE Building America project
  • Apply research findings to improve contractor practices and improve indoor air quality.

Instructors: Jason LaFleur & Paul Francisco

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Humidity in Hindsight – Dialing in on a New Vision for Moisture Control

Controlling moisture is a major component for controlling indoor air quality. The first step is to keep the water out. EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program starts with bulk moisture management, but there are other key factors to consider with regard to moisture control.

Relative humidity (RH) conditions vary throughout the country. In hot, humid climates, Indoor airPLUS has previously addressed moisture vapor control with additional requirements for HVAC controls or dedicated dehumidification. Controlling the relative humidity in the entire home is often one of the biggest impacts to truly achieving a healthy home. Can an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or heat pump water heater be used in lieu of a dehumidifier? What can be done if the house is too dry?

This presentation will address the health impacts of controlling relative humidity in homes, what to look for in homes, questions to help occupants understand if they have a health-related moisture problem, and how to successful apply moisture control strategies to the entire home. We will discuss why traditional methods may no longer effectively meet new moisture demands and the building science perspective on the challenges that builders and building performance contractors must learn. This session will also examine some common challenges and best practices that address moisture vapor issues. Attendees will have a chance to preview various approaches to controlling RH and learn how requirements in EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program are continuing to evolve in Version 2 of the Construction Specifications.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand a variety of approaches to control moisture and RH in homes.
  • Learn how Indoor airPLUS addresses the complexities of RH using both structural and mechanical approaches.
  • Learn how to decide when additional humidification or dehumidification is necessary
  • Hear how you can provide valuable feedback to improve EPA’s voluntary programs.

Instructors: Paul Raymer, David Treleven, & Nikki Krueger

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Cold-Climate ASHPs - Real World Performance Data and Case Studies

Over 40% of Midwest homes use delivered fuels or electricity as their primary heat source. Research continues to show that cold-climate air source heat pumps are ideal for these homes. Their capacity has improved over the last decade and they are capable of meeting a greater portion of the heating load. This presentation first discusses the ASHP research, including performance and capacity results, lessons learned, and experiences from over five years of detailed data monitoring from ASHP field installs. Based on the research, the presentation will also discuss quality installation, design optimization, and how to best integrate ASHPs into Midwestern homes. Finally, the presentation will highlight a few real-world installation examples in new construction. It will discuss the issues and benefits of ASHP system installs, an overview of mechanical systems and available performance metrics, and a discussion of ducted versus ductless use cases. It will also cover design and sizing considerations, key quality installation best practices, the ability to heat/cool different zones, plus overcoming market and technical barriers, first costs, and other considerations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognizing how critical quality installation is to ensuring ccASHP performance and learning quality installation best practices.
  • Learning ccASHP design optimization protocols.
  • Determining how to best integrate ccASHPs into existing homes’ heating and cooling systems.
  • Understanding the design and installation nuances of real-world new home applications of ccASHP.

Instructors: Isaac Smith & Phil Anderson

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Infiltration vs. Ventilation vs. Manual J

We have learned that proper execution of the building thermal envelope dictates a home’s performance, but a home’s R-values, air leakage, and ventilation rates, among other things, impact its heating and cooling loads. How do we connect our design with our execution to ensure the HVAC system that was designed before the house is built works after it has been built? This session points out how infiltration and ventilation are not the same, and among other things can be used to grossly oversize HVAC systems if we are not on the same page as our trade partners.

Learning Obectives:

  • If the building thermal envelope doesn’t work the HVAC design doesn’t work.
  • Why building tight and ventilating right matters.
  • 8 key areas to look at on an HVAC design report in order to gauge how well it was done or how oversized the equipment might be.
  • Understand the new inspection paradigm; is it there and does it work.

Instructor: Robby Schwarz

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


How Can Low-Cost IAQ Monitors Benefit Builders and Contractors

These gadgets just won't disappear! They are becoming more popular with occupants and contractors. This session will provide an overview on what they can monitor, how to get the data and what can they integrate with inside the home. Ultimately to make the home healthier - without alarming the occupant. The indirect benefits of these monitors are to educate / inform the occupant about making better choices in their homes - healthier habits. The session addresses the inherent limitations of one device in a single room vs. multiple sensors throughout the home. I will provide an independent outlook of the new integrated sensors and ventilation opportunities from Panasonic and Broan-NuTone that will be released in 2021 (realistic date). Also, some new products from TZOA, the HAVEN, an IAQ WiFi sensor for the H/AC ductwork, and some other new innovations.

I will provide sound recommendations on how these devices can technically work in a "healthy home" and in marketing opportunities - and how to avoid the new "Healthy Washing," similar to the Green Washing we finally overcame.

Instructor: Joe Medosch

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump Strategies

You've heard about cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP). Maybe you've seen a few installed. Let's look at some pros and cons of using this technology in challenging climate conditions. From a new construction perspective, we will discuss strategies for system design, installation, and operation. Bring your questions, comments, and experiences to this panel discussion. We are looking forward to helping advance the modern home building industry toward strategic electrification.


140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

As policymakers, builders, utilities, and end users seek to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of our homes, it is critical to address the low installed efficiency of traditional equipment serving what is often the most significant load, space heating and domestic hot water. New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers. This session will provide an overview of the technology, and share energy performance, operating cost, CO2e emissions basis and comfort results from multiple lab and field demonstrations, including sharing the perspective of installing contractors.

Instructors: Jason LaFleur

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Heat Pump Application & Design

This webinar will focus on sizing and application best practices for variable capacity heat pumps in new construction and low load spaces. We will briefly review fundamentals of heat pump capabilities and product types. We will also review basics of load reports in order to have a solid foundation for a discussion on heat pump applications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand typical operation capabilities of variable capacity heat pumps.
  • Review load calculation report for key information necessary for equipment sizing.
  • Explain common misconceptions about sizing with variable capacity heat pumps.
  • Provides examples of solutions that work.

Instructor: Kimberly Llewellyn


Adding Automated Shading to the High Performance Toolkit: HVAC, Health & Wellness, and High Tech

Most builders think of window attachments like shades and blinds as nothing more than decorative features that the homeowner will add when they move in. Think again. New research from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that insulated shades can cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 10% to 25%, respectively, especially if they are raised and lowered at the right times of the day and season. In addition to lowering utility bills, window attachments can also cut glare, improve indoor comfort, and occupant well-being. Builders can help homeowners take full advantage of these benefits by installing high-performance window attachments and pre-wiring the home with the electrical wiring needed to automate them. Builders benefit from the opportunity to upsell a valuable option with the potential to reduce homeowner comfort callback complaints. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) will share findings from field and lab studies confirming the energy savings of automated shading systems. Attendees will also learn about occupant health benefits of window attachments related to light, sleep, acoustics and indoor air quality; and opportunities to integrate automated shades with other connected devices in the home to maximize energy performance. Finally, attendees will learn about a new labeling system to verify window blinds, shades, and other attachments from the AERC, a public interest organization that provides consumers and industry professionals with accurate information on the energy performance of window attachments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the difference between manual, motorized, and automated shades, as well as different automation and powering approaches.
  • Understand the energy efficiency and demand response potential of automated shades in various climate zones.
  • Identify opportunities for automated shades to integrate with other connected devices as part of a complete smart home package.
  • Identify at least three health-related benefits of automated shades.

Instructors: Katie Cort and Shannon Christie


A Whole New World – ENERGY STAR + HVAC Grading

Ever since the launch of Version 3 in 2010, the HVAC design and commissioning requirements have been the biggest hurdle between a standard HERS rating and an ENERGY STAR certified home. Taking all the lessons learned, EPA, RESNET, and ACCA have recently completed a new HVAC grading standard that will integrate many of these requirements into the HERS rating process. Now is the time to learn how this major advance will once again put ENERGY STAR within reach of anyone doing a HERS rating.

Learning Objectives:

  • Get a brief overview of the new RESNET/ACCA/ANSI HVAC grading standard.
  • Understand how this new standard will be seamlessly integrated into the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program requirements.
  • Discover the three major impediments to certification that this new standard will remove.
  • Hear how the value proposition of ENERGY STAR certification is simplified and strengthened by leveraging this new standard.

Instructors: Dean Gamble


Checking Your Work: Properly Installed HVAC in High-Performance Homes

Many AC’s and heat pumps are installed with faults that impact both their performance and efficiency. Come to this session to learn about a new RESNET/ACCA/ANSI standard with three simple field tests that can help a builder ensure they’re getting what they’ve paid for. Not only can this make for happier homeowners, fewer service calls, and lower utility bills, it can also unlock new points for homes with a HERS/ERI rating.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why HVAC installation faults are commonplace and how they can impact both performance and efficiency.
  • Hear about a new RESNET/ACCA/ANSI standard that will address this problem.
  • Learn the three field tests that can help a builder ensure their HVAC systems are performing properly.
  • Realize the HERS/ERI point potential for properly installed HVAC systems using this new standard.

Instructors: Dean Gamble & Greg Cobb

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL


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Three’s A Crowd: Energy Efficiency, Humidity and Ventilation in Humid Climate Zones

Fresh air is our friend, but excess humidity is not. It harms health and energy goals even if the best-built homes. Mechanical ventilation is needed to dilute stale indoor air that has a negative impact on human health, but it too often comes with the side effect of increased relative humidity in the home. In this webinar we will discuss solutions for managing humidity within the building envelope as both a result of ventilation and the living habits of the eventual occupants. High performance home design continues to challenge us on the balance of energy efficiency, moisture control and proper ventilation. Learn about a single solution that can help manage all three.


The Dripping Point: High Performance Homes + Energy Efficient HVAC Systems = Increased Risk of Moisture Problems

Tightly air-sealed, well-insulated buildings combined with energy efficient HVAC systems and increased ventilation rates are key components of a comfortable and healthy high performance home. But, unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. The Era of Actively Controlling Moisture has begun and traditional methods will no longer effectively meet the new moisture demands. We will discuss the building science perspective on the “new normal” and the challenges that architects and builders now must face in order to deal with these effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the building's flow of energy, heat, air, and moisture will affect the indoor environment.
  2. Be able to recommend the most effective strategies for controlling indoor moisture levels.
  3. Understand how new residential energy efficiency building codes are driving the need for dedicated dehumidification and mechanical ventilation.
  4. Know why traditional moisture control and ventilation strategies are no longer acceptable and will result in uncomfortable, unhealthy and potential unsafe homes.

HVAC Fault Detection and Diagnostics – Options for Offering Homeowners Worry-Free Heating and Cooling

Improper installation and maintenance of space heating and cooling systems leads to increased energy use, costly repairs, and occupant comfort issues. Heating and cooling issues are one of the top five reasons for new home customer callbacks and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers estimate that 9% of the electricity used on air conditioning and heat pump heating is wasted nationwide is wasted due to faulty installations, costing homeowners $2.5 billion annually (NREL 2020). Several promising residential fault detection and diagnostics technologies exist that ensure both new and existing HVAC systems are installed and operating correctly and efficiently. In this interactive session, we'll provide an overview of available fault detection and diagnostics technologies, and give you a chance to provide your thoughts on how these technologies might help you offer a more compelling product to your homebuyers. In addition, we'll introduce the DOE's Residential HVAC Smart Diagnostic Tool Campaign and the support and recognition homebuilders can receive from participating in the campaign.

Presenters

  • Christian Valoria, Senior Associate Building Systems Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Walter Hunt, Capability and Operations Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Whole House Mechanical Ventilation Design and Installation as Though Health Matters

This presentation will cover problems and solutions for residential whole-house mechanical ventilation systems (WHMV). Research has shown that homes intended to have WHMV are often under-ventilated. There will be a focus on design, measurement and verification.

Learning Objectives:
- Learn why most homes with mechanical ventilation systems are likely under-ventilated.

- Recognize several poor design features that interfere with adequate mechanical ventilation delivery and verification.

- Discover three potential locations where measurement and verification of mechanical ventilation airflow rates can be taken.

- Recognize the limitations of measuring mechanical ventilation air flow rates.

Instructor: Chuck Withers


Energy Code - Module 7: Ducts, HVAC, Hot Water, and Lighting

This class will explain mandatory and prescriptive requirements related to duct installation, insulation, sealing, and testing, as well as requirements for heating, cooling, and hot water systems and controls. The class will also discuss mandatory requirements for mechanical ventilation and the building science rationale for these requirements. Attendees will also learn about code lighting requirements. An emphasis will be placed on explaining how these code requirements have changed through various editions of the IECC, and finally what the 2021 IECC requires.


Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All-Electric Home - Builders share their experience

Builders share why installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate high-efficiency water heating into buildings. 

Instructors: Geoff Wickes , Leigha Dickens, Juan Fernandez, 

Attendees of this webinar are eligible for 1 AIA LU|HSW credit.


Healthy Homes

How Can Low-Cost IAQ Monitors Benefit Builders and Contractors

These gadgets just won't disappear! They are becoming more popular with occupants and contractors. This session will provide an overview on what they can monitor, how to get the data and what can they integrate with inside the home. Ultimately to make the home healthier - without alarming the occupant. The indirect benefits of these monitors are to educate / inform the occupant about making better choices in their homes - healthier habits. The session addresses the inherent limitations of one device in a single room vs. multiple sensors throughout the home. I will provide an independent outlook of the new integrated sensors and ventilation opportunities from Panasonic and Broan-NuTone that will be released in 2021 (realistic date). Also, some new products from TZOA, the HAVEN, an IAQ WiFi sensor for the H/AC ductwork, and some other new innovations.

I will provide sound recommendations on how these devices can technically work in a "healthy home" and in marketing opportunities - and how to avoid the new "Healthy Washing," similar to the Green Washing we finally overcame.

Instructor: Joe Medosch

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


A Cost-Effective Path to Healthy, Affordable, Net Zero Housing with DOE’s ZER Program

Certified high performance, high indoor air quality, and net zero energy may sound like an expensive wish list for affordable housing, especially in locations that already have high land prices but a select group of affordable home builders has found a way to make clean, healthy, and net zero attainable by sticking to the criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. In this presentation, we’ll show how affordable home builders like United Way of Long Island, along with production, custom, and multifamily builders across the country, are building healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes that are achieving remarkably high performance and low Home Energy Rating System scores – with a program average of HERS 43 without PV and HERS 6 with PV. We’ll give an overview of the choices builders across the program are making in terms of key energy-efficiency measures like wall assemblies, insulation types, HVAC equipment, water heating, etc. We’ll share some of their best design secrets for cutting costs without sacrificing performance. We’ll dive deep into the details with case studies of several of United Way of Long Island’s award-winning projects. And we’ll lay out a roadmap based on the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program so you can achieve high performance home designs too.

Instructors: Mosley, Rick Wertheim, Theresa Gilbride


All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. Learn about the Gateway to Zero from Team Zero members Jack Armstrong and Sam Rashkin. This webinar will be hosted by Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, Rich Binsacca, and also include Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders and Karla Butterfield of Steven Winter Associates.

Instructors: Rich Binsacca, Jack Armstrong, Sam Rashkin, Karla Butterfield, & Bill Rectanus


Smart, Connected Indoor Air Quality with Broan Overture

Homeowners are more concerned than ever about their indoor air quality. Quality builders are looking for ways to meet this growing demand for healthier homes with smart ventilation systems that can not only exhaust bad air and bring in fresh air but do it efficiently. Broan’s exciting new state-of-the-art, connected ventilation system monitors the quality of the air in selected rooms of the home and communicates with the appropriate ventilation device(s) to operate and restore a clean, healthy environment. Learn more about the innovative Broan Overture smart ventilation system in this session.


Health in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to set a new standard for health in the home. Learn about EPA Indoor airPLUS and how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home builds on this foundation to address COVID, with whole house HEPA filtration and optimum humidity to shorten the life of the pathogen on surfaces. The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home monitors indoor air quality and automatically manages the HVAC system to address concerns. Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, with panelists Nick Hurst of EPA's Indoor airPLUS program, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Russell Pope from Panasonic, and Joseph Hillenmeyer of Aprilaire.

Healthier Homes or Healthy Home Washing?

This webinar will cover marketing strategies and upgrades that builders can provide to buyers that actually make the home “healthier” - than one that does not have these installations. Joe will cover the basic concept of healthier products and installations and how you can avoid liability of overpromising. Some builders are shifting from “Green” washing to “Healthy Home” washing by promising a healthy environment but not actually making the home “healthier.” During this webinar, we’ll cover multiple evidence-based healthier upgrades vs.new shiny objects like the ones that monitor a single room but do not control any ventilation or a filtration installation. 

Instructor: Joe Medosch


Designing for Health in the Home - The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

As societal forces shift, new buying behaviors emerge and consumers are becoming more education about the place they call home, builders must also shift the way homes and communities are designed and built. High Performance Homes, in particular, are in demand, but must be designed differently to perform at levels which meet or exceed homeowner expectations. The talks with explore current and future healthy home trends with a focus on indoor air quality, whole house filtration and the importance of third-party certification. IAQ is a key component in the healthy home and builders will benefit by a deeper understanding of how whole house filtration and other asthma and allergy friendly products can help keep them and their business healthy.

Instructor: Josh McKeon


The New Normal - Delivering Healthy Air in Every Home We Build

The Coronavirus pandemic has created a new world; a new way of living, a new way of doing business, and a new way we think about health, safety and the air we breathe. In our industry, high performance builders and IAQ product manufacturers are at the forefront of making the right critical recommendations to the public to best ensure healthy air in every home. The good news is the products needed to Deliver Healthy Homes already exist and are easily applied. This presentation will walk you through the product categories and applications that exist to create healthier environments in both ordinary times and adjust them during unique situations like we see today.

Instructor: John Bloemer


Healthy Home Practices: COVID 19 and Beyond

Learn how to build and utilize a home to provide health to occupants plus essential steps you should be taking to start improving your home's living spaces. Caroline Blazovsky, nationally recognized as America's Healthy Home Expert, brings the latest information and innovations that allow us to diagnose unhealthy situations in a home and how our environment can contribute to our overall wellness. Learn how your biggest asset - your home - is also your biggest asset for health every day as well as in a pandemic.

Instructor: Caroline Blazovsky


Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

This webinar will review the key concerns and options for building new homes to achieve the lowest possible radon concentrations, including current codes and standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what factors contribute to the radon concentration in homes
  • Increase awareness of current RRNC codes and standards
  • Review what works and what doesn’t to achieve low radon results in new construction
  • Understand radon requirements in Indoor airPLUS

Instructor: Brian Hanson & Bruce Snead


Three’s A Crowd: Energy Efficiency, Humidity and Ventilation in Humid Climate Zones

Fresh air is our friend, but excess humidity is not. It harms health and energy goals even if the best-built homes. Mechanical ventilation is needed to dilute stale indoor air that has a negative impact on human health, but it too often comes with the side effect of increased relative humidity in the home. In this webinar we will discuss solutions for managing humidity within the building envelope as both a result of ventilation and the living habits of the eventual occupants. High performance home design continues to challenge us on the balance of energy efficiency, moisture control and proper ventilation. Learn about a single solution that can help manage all three.


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Healthier Homes Awareness for Building Professionals Certification

We are excited to share with you an opportunity that EEBA is spearheading alongside Allergy Standards, Ltd, Construction Instruction, and Trane Technologies.

On Tuesday, May 5th, EEBA hosted a webinar on “Designing for Health in the Home” with Dr. John McKeon. The response from the EEBA community was instant, with members asking for a way to certify their teams to better understand and market the benefits of health and wellness to their occupants. Alongside our Certified partner Trane Technologies and working with Construction Instruction, EEBA reached out to Allergy Standards to see if we could create an educational program specifically designed for Healthy Homes Certified Professionals that focuses on the Science, Health, Selling, Perspective and Building Science based knowledge that would be required to offer a Certification to our industry. We are pleased to be working alongside Allergy Standards and Construction Instruction to bring this training to the home building industry globally and are grateful to the generosity of Trane Technologies and an Anonymous donor that seeded this educational program with initial donations of $9000.

There are a large number of building professionals in North America with extensive knowledge of their industry and product solutions for all areas of the home. It has been identified that a significant number of these professionals lack the knowledge of the outcomes that these products and services have on the building occupiers, especially where individuals in that building are impacted by respiratory issues (asthma & allergies). The goal of this program is to bridge that knowledge gap and give building professionals the confidence to ask questions and understand how the answers they receive will impact the solutions they recommend.

WHAT IS IT?

This course is being developed by asthma and allergy science experts at Allergy Standards. The same company behind the world famous asthma & allergy friendly® Certification:

  • Provides background on FDA, EPA and other relevant regulations
  • Accredited and beneficial for career progression of the individual
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Video, audio and practical

Approximate duration: 0.5-2 hours per certification category On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Having certified asthma & allergy friendly products is a great way of demonstrating that your business cares about the welfare of the customer. The challenge that the customer faces is understanding the difference between certified and uncertified products.

Instructor: Gord Cooke and Dr. John McKeon

CEUs: 7 AIA LU|HSW, 3.5 BPI, 7 NARI, 7 NAHB, and 7 RESNET credits

More information on the course content here.


Voice of the Builder: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builders Share their Secrets for Cost-Effective High-Performance Homes

Zero Energy Ready Homes can save a bundle for their home owners and they don’t have to break the bank for home builders either. This presentation includes lessons learned from builders across the country who are building award-winning production, custom, affordable, and multi-family homes that achieve remarkably high performance levels, in some cases at little extra cost compared to code construction. Learn from these innovative builders how building to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program is helping them build and sell homes that are zero energy ready, healthy, durable, and cost-effective to construct too.

Moderators: Theresa L. Gilbride and Terrence Mosley


Reno on Rockridge Case Study

This 1924 Colonial home had fallen into severe disrepair before coming up for sale. As part of the muchneeded renovation, the new homeowners (two Steven Winter Associates, Inc. employees) wanted to eliminate onsite combustion and produce as much of their operating electricity as possible. Other goals included lower embodied energy materials and a healthy indoor environment. LEED v4.1 for Homes offered one platform to address energy, health, and materials. The home was gutted down to the foundation, framing, and floors before the year-long renovation. After the first 8 months of occupancy (July—February), the home produced 14% more energy than it consumed.

Homeowners: Maureen Mahle and Steve Klocke

Moderator: Aaron Smith


Selecting Healthy Insulation and Air Sealants

Energy, climate, materials, and health: What is the connection? Why is it important?

Insulation and air sealing are two cost-effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home. However, the chemicals that are found in some of these products or used during their production can negatively impact the health of the people who manufacture and install products, as well as those who ultimately live in these buildings. We need a better system of policies and regulations that are protective of human health, but for now, we need professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the materials they use. Building professionals who specify and install materials have the opportunity to make significant impacts on health and the environment by choosing healthier materials. Join HBN Senior Researcher, Rebecca Stamm, and HomeFree Manager, Roberto Valle, to learn:

● The connection between energy, climate, materials, and health

● Why these things matter

● How you can start selecting healthier insulation and air sealants in your projects

Instructors: Rebecca Stam, Roberto Valle Kinloch


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What Is a High-Performance Home?

This special Team Zero episode explores the current and evolving definitions of high-performance homes, their components, and how they affect global populations. For this episode, we are joined by Ken Johnson, Senior Manager of Performance Construction at Mitsubishi Electric  Trane US and Rich Williams, Vice President of Alliance Green Homes. The discussion tackles the growing topic of the role that Indoor Air Quality plays in the construction and maintenance of high-performance homes. Listeners will learn about the critical green certification programs related to energy efficiency, and how they can move towards creating a high-performance home. 

Instructors:

Ken Johnson, Senior Manager of Performance Construction at Mitsubishi Electric Trane US

Rich Williams, Vice President of Alliance Green Homes

Aaron Smith, CEO of EEBA and Board Treasurer of Team Zero


Changing Our Paradigm: 4 Principles of Modern Design

Doug Tarry is President of Doug Tarry Ltd., an award winning, leading home building company in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Having built and labeled more Net Zero / Net Zero Ready homes than any other builder in Canada, Doug is currently developing a book called “From Bleeding Edge to Leading Edge: A Builders’ Guide to Net Zero Homes.”

This webinar will provide an overview Doug’s book and delves into what he believes are the 4 principles of modern design.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demystifying Net Zero and making it accessible.
2. Understanding value vs. simple cost.
3. Recognize how to build your team carefully and early on.
4. Learn how to plan your specs, including occupant comfort, indoor air quality, carbon reduction, and climate resilient building.

Instructor: Doug Tarry

CEUs: 1 LU AIA credit


House as a System – A Holistic Approach (Part 1)

Webinars 2 and 3 explore the 11 critical steps involved in building a house as a ‘system.’ Customer comfort is paramount and we have to consider how the client will use their home. We must ask ourselves one simple question: “Am I making the homeowner’s life easier or harder?" Webinar 2 looks at how to avoid improper planning and design from the outset, both of which can impact the entire home and create costly errors and rework.

Learning Objectives:

1. Evaluate home design review using a holistic approach

2. Understand how a client uses their home

3. Identify wall systems that create effective R Value

4. Understanding air tightness and water management detailing

5. Planning your solar design early

Instructor: Doug Tarry


Healthy vs. Healthier Homes

A subject of conversation amongst builders as we come out the back end of the COVID era, is how we build healthier homes.  The reality, however, is that much of what builders are currently doing is already creating a healthy home. Most just don’t know how to talk about it and/or market it. In this podcast style live conversation join Joe Medosch, Healthy Building Scientist at Hayward Score, and Robby Schwarz, BUILDTank, for a conversation on Healthy or Healthier Homes.  We will explore all the great things builders are already doing and how to communicate those things to buyers. Then we will move forward to what is next that could make our home healthier.

Presenters

  • Joe Medosch, Executive Director of healthy Home Environment Association, Energy & Environmental Consulting
  • Robby Schwarz, Founder, BUILDTank, Inc.

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


What’s Next for High Performance Homes?

This panel will introduce the EEBA / ProBuilder Ultimate ZEN All Electric Home and discuss its key features, the hurdles encountered, and key points of buyer acceptance. This will lead into a discussion on what is next in high performance building, ways to get there, and an example of one unique builder and energy rater partnership designed to take on the question of “What’s next and how do we get there?”

Presenters

  • Bill Rectanus, VP of Operations, Thrive Home Builders
  • Steve Byers, CEO, Energy Logic
  • Seth Hart
  • Sandy Stegall, Thrive Home Builders
  • David Kendall, Thrive Home Builders

CEUs: 1 LU AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Who holds the keys to a Healthier Home? What doors appear locked? Who are the key makers?

This session will cover the key elements to a healthier home. Is it the designer, builder, sub-contractors, H/AC contractors, Rater/Advisors Code officials, product manufacturers, and/or the occupants? No surprise here, it's a combination. Let's pick the locks and discuss the various roles each key holder has in creating common failures (unhealthy conditions) and current successes that open the doors to a healthier home.

If a healthier home is as simple as turning a key, why are so few occupants asking for their home to be healthier? Maybe semantics with "comfort" or … we’ll discuss consumer indifferences.

Finally, why are so few doors, opportunities, open and others require special keys to enter? You must attend the session to discover who the key makers are.
The door is open, join us.

Learning objectives:


- List the top key holders to a healthier home. Two keys can make a significant impact!
- Why the healthiest home can become a serious health risk by the occupants.
- Name three of the most common health risks, exposures and pathways in a dwelling.
- What should a Rater/Energy Advisor know to make a home healthier.

Instructor: Joe Medosch


Owning and Living in a High-Performance Home

When it comes to understanding the components and benefits of high-performance homes, learning through experience is one of the best approaches. In this “Better Homes, Better Future” podcast, hear from Greg Davenport, a performance construction manager at Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, and Andy Barrett, a high-performance builder representing Toolbox NW, who also happens to use one of his builds as a second home. The pair will join host Aaron Smith to talk about what it’s actually like to own and live in one of these homes.

Learning objectives (4):
1. Describe high-performance homes and their appeal.
2. Understand what a high-performance home’s typical utility costs look like.
3. Discuss why all-electric HVAC systems are the ideal solution for getting the most benefit from your high-performance home.
4. Learn how high-performance building improves comfort within the home.

Instructors: Greg Davenport and Andy Barrett


Casas que Funcionan: Módulos (SPANISH)

Este curso describe la física de la ciencia de la construcción del flujo de aire, calor y humedad que todo constructor debe conocer para comprender por qué algunos edificios funcionan y otros no. El curso abordará los elementos críticos del rendimiento del hogar que existen como un sistema y son parte de los hogares energéticamente eficientes. Se describirán y aplicarán los fundamentos de la ciencia de la construcción para ayudar a los participantes a tomar mejores decisiones con respecto a los materiales y métodos de construcción. Los participantes también aprenderán información importante sobre la calidad del aire interior, incluidos los conceptos básicos del moho y otras fuentes contaminantes, y estrategias rentables para poder ofrecer entornos interiores más saludables.
Objetivos de aprendizaje:
  • Conozca los elementos de las casas de alto rendimiento y cómo ayudan a responder al cumplimiento del código y los muchos cambios en la industria de la construcción residencial, así como las expectativas de los consumidores.
  • Comprenda los fundamentos del flujo de aire, calor y humedad y vea cómo se pueden aplicar para tomar mejores decisiones sobre materiales y métodos.
  • Identificar los cambios en el proceso de construcción necesarios para implementar viviendas de alto rendimiento de manera rentable.
  • Identificar los fundamentos de la ciencia de la construcción y cómo los constructores pueden utilizar la ciencia para resolver una amplia gama de problemas de construcción, mejorar el rendimiento de la casa y reducir los riesgos.
  • Comprenda los conceptos básicos del diseño de HVAC para reducir las facturas de servicios públicos y crear hogares más silenciosos, saludables y cómodos.

Instructor: Gord Cooke

Estos módulos son gratuitos para los miembros de EEBA y el descuento se aplicará al finalizar la compra.

Para activar los subtítulos, abra una "chalkboard" y seleccione el icono de subtítulos en la esquina inferior izquierda para elegir "es" para los subtítulos en español.


Building Smart & Sustainable Homes in the New Energy Landscape

Residential energy is changing quickly with new mandates, greater demand for electricity and an aging infrastructure. Home builders today are meeting these challenges in new ways to build homes of the future today. With new strategies and solutions, home builders are building not just smart homes, but homes with smart, sustainable, resilient energy.


Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about the macro forces influencing the new energy landscape.
2. Hear how homebuilders are leveraging this opportunity to differentiate themselves in the market.
3. Understand some of the solutions to simplify building smart, sustainable and resilient homes in 2022.

Instructor: Brad Wills


Casas que Funcionan: Examen (SPANISH)

Este es el componente de examen del "Casas Que Funcionan: Módulos".
Este curso describe la física de la ciencia de la construcción del flujo de aire, calor y humedad que todo constructor debe conocer para comprender por qué algunos edificios funcionan y otros no. El curso abordará los elementos críticos del rendimiento del hogar que existen como un sistema y son parte de los hogares energéticamente eficientes. Se describirán y aplicarán los fundamentos de la ciencia de la construcción para ayudar a los participantes a tomar mejores decisiones con respecto a los materiales y métodos de construcción. Los participantes también aprenderán información importante sobre la calidad del aire interior, incluidos los conceptos básicos del moho y otras fuentes contaminantes, y estrategias rentables para poder ofrecer entornos interiores más saludables.
Objetivos de aprendizaje:
  • Conozca los elementos de las casas de alto rendimiento y cómo ayudan a responder al cumplimiento del código y los muchos cambios en la industria de la construcción residencial, así como las expectativas de los consumidores.
  • Comprenda los fundamentos del flujo de aire, calor y humedad y vea cómo se pueden aplicar para tomar mejores decisiones sobre materiales y métodos.
  • Identificar los cambios en el proceso de construcción necesarios para implementar viviendas de alto rendimiento de manera rentable.
  • Identificar los fundamentos de la ciencia de la construcción y cómo los constructores pueden utilizar la ciencia para resolver una amplia gama de problemas de construcción, mejorar el rendimiento de la casa y reducir los riesgos.
  • Comprenda los conceptos básicos del diseño de HVAC para reducir las facturas de servicios públicos y crear hogares más silenciosos, saludables y cómodos.

High Performance All-Electric Home Design and Construction for Cold Climates

Description: This webinar will review market-ready and innovative technology options for all-electric homes in cold climates. The class will discuss building envelope options as well as HVAC and water heating solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current innovative high-performance technology options for all-electric homes in cold climates
  • Identify envelope efficiency considerations
  • Evaluate the feasibility of those options in a variety of presented scenarios.

Instructor: Matt Evans


What are Asthma & Allergies

Asthma and Allergies impact a staggering 50% of US households. Many indoor triggers are causing medical challenges. Dr. John teaches us the triggers of asthma and allergies within the home and how to talk about them. We examine the lack of regulation in this area and the confusion this brings to homeowners. Finally, we look at how to mitigate against these common allergens and have better, more productive conversations with your customers on this topic.

Learning Objectives

• The scale of the Asthma and Allergy challenge in the USA

• Learn what happens during an asthma attack

• Learn about the natural history of allergic diseases

• Understand why a ‘whole-house approach is needed to reduce the impact of asthma and allergies and how building with asthma and allergies in mind can vastly reduce the impact on sufferers


Future Proof Healthy Home Strategies with Panasonic and Swidget

Panasonic and Swidget have combined forces to empower your homes to monitor, assess, and optimize the healthy home and a multitude of other home automation possibilities.  

- Learn how to expand the jobs to be done by upgrading traditional wiring devices to smart devices.
- Easily manage ventilation and other healthy home strategies with simple automations.
- Technology develops fast and the only solution is to provide a future-proof design that is fully customizable and re-configurable. Learn how easy it is with Swidget. 
- Understand our simple Builder Package Options that are surprisingly affordable.


What is a High-Performance Home and How to Consistently Deliver It at Lower Cost

Once homebuyers purchase new homes often based on infatuation with community and design, bad home performance experiences can negate all the hard work earning customer satisfaction. It is critical to get high-performance right. This course begins that process with lessons-learned from decades of experience as a residential architect and work with thousands of home builders while serving as national director for ENERGY STAR Certified Home and Zero Energy Ready Home. The resulting framework for high performance homes includes five key strategies and over 40 best practices for applying them with substantial cost savings. Most importantly, this framework has been intensively researched, vetted, and refined over five years with hundreds of housing industry executives. The goal is not to dogmatically impose one solution for all, but to engage housing professionals to high-performance as a journey and how to get on their own path. 



Learning Objectives:


1. Learn why user experience is the new imperative.


2. Learn what are the five key housing user experiences. 


3. Learn 4 strategies with over 40 best practices for consistently optimizing the home performance UX.


4. Learn how high-performance is a journey to chart your own path.

Sam Rashkin has earned an international reputation for his work engaging thousands of homebuilders as national director for ENERGY STAR Certified Home and Chief Architect with the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office directing Zero Energy Ready Home. Over two-and-a-half million high-performance homes have now been certified under these programs. Through this decades of experience, research, and detailed observations, Sam has learned two things. One, high performance is a critical must-have for success in the housing industry. Two, high-performance is not nearly enough to meet the new user experience imperative. Sam’s latest work and new book, “Housing 2.0 – A Disruption Survival Guide,” provides the guidance needed for high-performance builders to become industry leaders with a comprehensive framework for optimizing the housing user experience.


Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All-Electric Home - Builders share their experience

Builders share why installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate high-efficiency water heating into buildings. 

Instructors: Geoff Wickes , Leigha Dickens, Juan Fernandez, 

Attendees of this webinar are eligible for 1 AIA LU|HSW credit.


Heat Pump Technology

Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump Strategies

You've heard about cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP). Maybe you've seen a few installed. Let's look at some pros and cons of using this technology in challenging climate conditions. From a new construction perspective, we will discuss strategies for system design, installation, and operation. Bring your questions, comments, and experiences to this panel discussion. We are looking forward to helping advance the modern home building industry toward strategic electrification.


140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

As policymakers, builders, utilities, and end users seek to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of our homes, it is critical to address the low installed efficiency of traditional equipment serving what is often the most significant load, space heating and domestic hot water. New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers. This session will provide an overview of the technology, and share energy performance, operating cost, CO2e emissions basis and comfort results from multiple lab and field demonstrations, including sharing the perspective of installing contractors.

Instructors: Jason LaFleur

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Heat Pump Application & Design

This webinar will focus on sizing and application best practices for variable capacity heat pumps in new construction and low load spaces. We will briefly review fundamentals of heat pump capabilities and product types. We will also review basics of load reports in order to have a solid foundation for a discussion on heat pump applications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand typical operation capabilities of variable capacity heat pumps.
  • Review load calculation report for key information necessary for equipment sizing.
  • Explain common misconceptions about sizing with variable capacity heat pumps.
  • Provides examples of solutions that work.

Instructor: Kimberly Llewellyn


Heat Pump Water Heaters in the All-Electric Home - Builders share their experience

Builders share why installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate high-efficiency water heating into buildings. 

Instructors: Geoff Wickes , Leigha Dickens, Juan Fernandez, 

Attendees of this webinar are eligible for 1 AIA LU|HSW credit.


Indoor Air Quality

Ventilation and Air Sealing's Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Through the DOE Building America program, GTI, the University of Illinois, and MEEA are studying the impact that strategic air sealing and the introduction of supply and exhaust ventilation has on energy consumption and indoor air quality. Once a home is recruited to participate, a baseline of contaminant levels is collected for a three-week period. After the baseline is established, homes have air sealing done to their home. For control homes, contractors air seal as they typically would (most likely in the attic). For treatment homes, air sealing is performed, as applicable, at sump pumps, ground covers, large cracks and between the foundation and outside. Ducts are also sealed and air handler flow is adjusted. Contaminants are then measured for an additional three-week period. The specific contaminants that are measured throughout the course of the study are carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, radon and humidity. All of the participating homes also have supply and exhaust ventilation installed to measure the impact this has on contaminant levels, and the impact of different ventilation strategies will be described through the case study data. During this session, attendees will learn about preliminary data we are seeing as through the study.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the impact that strategic air sealing has on indoor air quality
  • Describe the impact supply and exhaust ventilation have on indoor air quality
  • Understand study results of a DOE Building America project
  • Apply research findings to improve contractor practices and improve indoor air quality.

Instructors: Jason LaFleur & Paul Francisco

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Humidity in Hindsight – Dialing in on a New Vision for Moisture Control

Controlling moisture is a major component for controlling indoor air quality. The first step is to keep the water out. EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program starts with bulk moisture management, but there are other key factors to consider with regard to moisture control.

Relative humidity (RH) conditions vary throughout the country. In hot, humid climates, Indoor airPLUS has previously addressed moisture vapor control with additional requirements for HVAC controls or dedicated dehumidification. Controlling the relative humidity in the entire home is often one of the biggest impacts to truly achieving a healthy home. Can an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or heat pump water heater be used in lieu of a dehumidifier? What can be done if the house is too dry?

This presentation will address the health impacts of controlling relative humidity in homes, what to look for in homes, questions to help occupants understand if they have a health-related moisture problem, and how to successful apply moisture control strategies to the entire home. We will discuss why traditional methods may no longer effectively meet new moisture demands and the building science perspective on the challenges that builders and building performance contractors must learn. This session will also examine some common challenges and best practices that address moisture vapor issues. Attendees will have a chance to preview various approaches to controlling RH and learn how requirements in EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program are continuing to evolve in Version 2 of the Construction Specifications.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand a variety of approaches to control moisture and RH in homes.
  • Learn how Indoor airPLUS addresses the complexities of RH using both structural and mechanical approaches.
  • Learn how to decide when additional humidification or dehumidification is necessary
  • Hear how you can provide valuable feedback to improve EPA’s voluntary programs.

Instructors: Paul Raymer, David Treleven, & Nikki Krueger

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


How Can Low-Cost IAQ Monitors Benefit Builders and Contractors

These gadgets just won't disappear! They are becoming more popular with occupants and contractors. This session will provide an overview on what they can monitor, how to get the data and what can they integrate with inside the home. Ultimately to make the home healthier - without alarming the occupant. The indirect benefits of these monitors are to educate / inform the occupant about making better choices in their homes - healthier habits. The session addresses the inherent limitations of one device in a single room vs. multiple sensors throughout the home. I will provide an independent outlook of the new integrated sensors and ventilation opportunities from Panasonic and Broan-NuTone that will be released in 2021 (realistic date). Also, some new products from TZOA, the HAVEN, an IAQ WiFi sensor for the H/AC ductwork, and some other new innovations.

I will provide sound recommendations on how these devices can technically work in a "healthy home" and in marketing opportunities - and how to avoid the new "Healthy Washing," similar to the Green Washing we finally overcame.

Instructor: Joe Medosch

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Plug In, Turn On & Cook Up: Electric Kitchens Have Arrived!

A myth-busting live cooking and tech tour with Electric Kitchens Super-Fan Chef Rachelle Boucher, co-founder of Kitchens to Life with our special guest, Karla Butterfield from SWA and Aaron Smith, CEO of EEBA. Confusion about all-electric building codes and cooking options got you turned off? Get plugged in to an empowering event with code-clarifying, myth-busting details that will turn you on to electric cooking for life with better cooking performance, safer, healthier homes and a sustainable planet.

Instructors: Rachelle Boucher, Karla Butterfield, & Aaron Smith


Indoor airPLUS Version 2 Reaches for the Sky: New Opportunities for Healthier Multifamily Buildings

In late 2019, with the advent of ENERGY STAR's Multifamily New Construction Program (MFNC), EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program incorporated MFNC as a viable pre-requisite for buildings up to 5 stories. If Indoor airPLUS works for five stories, why wouldn't it work for twelve or sixteen stories? Conceptually it would seem simple to apply the same indoor air quality details for taller buildings; however, as buildings get taller, some physical elements change beyond the height. Driving forces and internal pressures change as buildings get taller. Ventilation and air sealing details also become more complex, making compartmentalization increasingly critical. Materials and methods are often different for large facades and flat roofs, while interior moisture vapor and humidity control also require attention in design and construction. Radon-resistant construction is still incredibly important for multifamily buildings; but these structures often include parking garages, retail spaces, or other residentially-associated common spaces. How should these areas be addressed to reduce the risk of poor IAQ for the occupants? This session will examine how Indoor airPLUS Version 2 intends to address these issues with additional requirements built on the foundation of ENERGY STAR MFNC. Attendees will have a chance to preview these changes and learn how to provide valuable feedback to EPA as the program continues to evolve to improve IAQ in this growing sector.


Smart, Connected Indoor Air Quality with Broan Overture

Homeowners are more concerned than ever about their indoor air quality. Quality builders are looking for ways to meet this growing demand for healthier homes with smart ventilation systems that can not only exhaust bad air and bring in fresh air but do it efficiently. Broan’s exciting new state-of-the-art, connected ventilation system monitors the quality of the air in selected rooms of the home and communicates with the appropriate ventilation device(s) to operate and restore a clean, healthy environment. Learn more about the innovative Broan Overture smart ventilation system in this session.


Health in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to set a new standard for health in the home. Learn about EPA Indoor airPLUS and how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home builds on this foundation to address COVID, with whole house HEPA filtration and optimum humidity to shorten the life of the pathogen on surfaces. The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home monitors indoor air quality and automatically manages the HVAC system to address concerns. Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, with panelists Nick Hurst of EPA's Indoor airPLUS program, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Russell Pope from Panasonic, and Joseph Hillenmeyer of Aprilaire.

Designing for Health in the Home - The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

As societal forces shift, new buying behaviors emerge and consumers are becoming more education about the place they call home, builders must also shift the way homes and communities are designed and built. High Performance Homes, in particular, are in demand, but must be designed differently to perform at levels which meet or exceed homeowner expectations. The talks with explore current and future healthy home trends with a focus on indoor air quality, whole house filtration and the importance of third-party certification. IAQ is a key component in the healthy home and builders will benefit by a deeper understanding of how whole house filtration and other asthma and allergy friendly products can help keep them and their business healthy.

Instructor: Josh McKeon


The New Normal - Delivering Healthy Air in Every Home We Build

The Coronavirus pandemic has created a new world; a new way of living, a new way of doing business, and a new way we think about health, safety and the air we breathe. In our industry, high performance builders and IAQ product manufacturers are at the forefront of making the right critical recommendations to the public to best ensure healthy air in every home. The good news is the products needed to Deliver Healthy Homes already exist and are easily applied. This presentation will walk you through the product categories and applications that exist to create healthier environments in both ordinary times and adjust them during unique situations like we see today.

Instructor: John Bloemer


Healthy Home Practices: COVID 19 and Beyond

Learn how to build and utilize a home to provide health to occupants plus essential steps you should be taking to start improving your home's living spaces. Caroline Blazovsky, nationally recognized as America's Healthy Home Expert, brings the latest information and innovations that allow us to diagnose unhealthy situations in a home and how our environment can contribute to our overall wellness. Learn how your biggest asset - your home - is also your biggest asset for health every day as well as in a pandemic.

Instructor: Caroline Blazovsky


COVID-Safe Ventilation and Airflow Strategies for Homes and Other Buildings

In October, the CDC acknowledged that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be spread by airborne transmission of lightweight aerosol particles that can remain suspended in the air over long distances (usually greater than 6 feet) and time (typically hours). In this online meeting, Bill Warren will discuss how we can use building science principles (including ventilation, airflow, air circulation, pressure balances and filtration) to reduce our exposure risk to COVID aerosols inside homes and other building types.


What’s New with Indoor airPLUS Version 2: What Builders and Verifiers Need to Know

In recent turbulent times, people have been sequestered in their homes with a heightened awareness of health, safety, and abundant caution in numerous lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, because of the recent need to stay at home, many of us have also been subjected to increased exposure to sources of poor indoor air quality (IAQ). With the recent surge of consumer awareness about health, along with advancements in energy efficiency and building codes over the last two decades, our industry is recognizing that healthier indoor air is a significant attribute that requires thoughtful design and execution. Tighter homes can be healthier homes, if building science fundamentals are addressed—from material selection, to radon resistance, to ventilation, to filtration. The EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program makes it possible for builders and trades to deliver healthier indoor air at a time when clients are actively looking for it. With a decade of positive growth, Indoor airPLUS is embarking on Version 2 of the program, pushing the envelope to improve IAQ for occupants with cost-effective design approaches. EPA’s design of Indoor airPLUS Version 2 intends to include specifications for both the new construction market and for existing homes, while further addressing considerations in the growing multifamily market. Technical updates will also be proposed for whole dwelling mechanical ventilation, filtration, humidity control, combustion pollutant control, and quality assurance measures in verification. This session will introduce the proposed V2 updates to the program and their potential impact on builders and verifiers. Attendees and stakeholders will have a chance to preview these important changes and learn how to provide valuable feedback to EPA as the program continues to evolve to support both the building industry and homebuyers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the proposed programmatic updates of Indoor airPLUS Version 2, including key technical changes in low-rise new construction.
  • Learn how to cost-effectively balance the energy efficiency approaches of tighter homes with the indoor air quality requirements of Indoor airPLUS.
  • Hear how quality assurance will be addressed to improve consistent construction and verification.
  • Hear how you can provide valuable feedback to improve EPA’s voluntary programs.

Instructors: Nick Hurst & Paul Raymer

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

This webinar will review the key concerns and options for building new homes to achieve the lowest possible radon concentrations, including current codes and standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what factors contribute to the radon concentration in homes
  • Increase awareness of current RRNC codes and standards
  • Review what works and what doesn’t to achieve low radon results in new construction
  • Understand radon requirements in Indoor airPLUS

Instructor: Brian Hanson & Bruce Snead


High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work

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"Walk the Wok” in the Year of the Ox: An "Electric" Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebration

Chef Rachelle Boucher of Kitchens to Life cooks her favorite Chinese New Year dishes as two of the top experts in Indoor Air Quality bring a fresh perspective to traditional cooking and the vital role of ventilation in today's homes.

Brady Seals, Senior Associate in Rocky Mountain Institute's Building Electrification program, will share her insights on the health effects from gas stoves and how and why the topic of indoor air quality is so urgent right now. She will be joined by Alex Siow, director of Monark Premium Appliance in San Francisco and founder of Zephyr Ventilation, who will deep-dive into today's ventilation technology and options. Both Brady and Alex have worked in countries all over the world, and this global insight is a perfect pairing for the induction cooking and ventilation demonstration that Rachelle will be doing in the Electric Kitchen Workshop featuring the Elica NikkolaTesla Switch induction and ventilation cooktop and the Elica Haiku hood.

Instructors: Rachelle Boucher, Brady Seals, Alex Siow


Three’s A Crowd: Energy Efficiency, Humidity and Ventilation in Humid Climate Zones

Fresh air is our friend, but excess humidity is not. It harms health and energy goals even if the best-built homes. Mechanical ventilation is needed to dilute stale indoor air that has a negative impact on human health, but it too often comes with the side effect of increased relative humidity in the home. In this webinar we will discuss solutions for managing humidity within the building envelope as both a result of ventilation and the living habits of the eventual occupants. High performance home design continues to challenge us on the balance of energy efficiency, moisture control and proper ventilation. Learn about a single solution that can help manage all three.


Healthier Homes Awareness for Building Professionals Certification

We are excited to share with you an opportunity that EEBA is spearheading alongside Allergy Standards, Ltd, Construction Instruction, and Trane Technologies.

On Tuesday, May 5th, EEBA hosted a webinar on “Designing for Health in the Home” with Dr. John McKeon. The response from the EEBA community was instant, with members asking for a way to certify their teams to better understand and market the benefits of health and wellness to their occupants. Alongside our Certified partner Trane Technologies and working with Construction Instruction, EEBA reached out to Allergy Standards to see if we could create an educational program specifically designed for Healthy Homes Certified Professionals that focuses on the Science, Health, Selling, Perspective and Building Science based knowledge that would be required to offer a Certification to our industry. We are pleased to be working alongside Allergy Standards and Construction Instruction to bring this training to the home building industry globally and are grateful to the generosity of Trane Technologies and an Anonymous donor that seeded this educational program with initial donations of $9000.

There are a large number of building professionals in North America with extensive knowledge of their industry and product solutions for all areas of the home. It has been identified that a significant number of these professionals lack the knowledge of the outcomes that these products and services have on the building occupiers, especially where individuals in that building are impacted by respiratory issues (asthma & allergies). The goal of this program is to bridge that knowledge gap and give building professionals the confidence to ask questions and understand how the answers they receive will impact the solutions they recommend.

WHAT IS IT?

This course is being developed by asthma and allergy science experts at Allergy Standards. The same company behind the world famous asthma & allergy friendly® Certification:

  • Provides background on FDA, EPA and other relevant regulations
  • Accredited and beneficial for career progression of the individual
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Video, audio and practical

Approximate duration: 0.5-2 hours per certification category On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Having certified asthma & allergy friendly products is a great way of demonstrating that your business cares about the welfare of the customer. The challenge that the customer faces is understanding the difference between certified and uncertified products.

Instructor: Gord Cooke and Dr. John McKeon

CEUs: 7 AIA LU|HSW, 3.5 BPI, 7 NARI, 7 NAHB, and 7 RESNET credits

More information on the course content here.


Selecting Healthy Insulation and Air Sealants

Energy, climate, materials, and health: What is the connection? Why is it important?

Insulation and air sealing are two cost-effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home. However, the chemicals that are found in some of these products or used during their production can negatively impact the health of the people who manufacture and install products, as well as those who ultimately live in these buildings. We need a better system of policies and regulations that are protective of human health, but for now, we need professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the materials they use. Building professionals who specify and install materials have the opportunity to make significant impacts on health and the environment by choosing healthier materials. Join HBN Senior Researcher, Rebecca Stamm, and HomeFree Manager, Roberto Valle, to learn:

● The connection between energy, climate, materials, and health

● Why these things matter

● How you can start selecting healthier insulation and air sealants in your projects

Instructors: Rebecca Stam, Roberto Valle Kinloch


Kicking Gas! Going All-Electric for the Health of Your Family and the Earth

"Decarbonization" and "electrification" are becoming household words in some parts of the country. This presentation will demystify these terms, covering the motivations, benefits, and nuts and bolts of making the switch -- transitioning mixed-fuel homes to 100% electricity. If you have concerns about indoor air quality, resiliency, or the changing climate, there's something for you in this webinar.

Learning objectives: After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to:

· Explain the benefits of electrifying homes to clients, friends, and family

· Understand how electrification supports resiliency goals

· Differentiate between the two electric alternatives to each of the four typical residential gas appliances

· Create a customized home electrification roadmap

Instructor: Ann Edminster


Complete Radon Mitigation

Building codes are steadily increasing the requirements for building envelope airtightness, along with mechanical ventilation. One aspect that is critical in tighter building construction is the need for maintaining a healthy indoor air environment. Outdoor pollutants entering the building include not only allergens and various chemical compounds, but also radon gas. According to the American Lung Association radon accounts for more than 21,000 deaths a year in the US. Radon has been typically abated by the use of polyethylene and air sealing under slabs and on the foundation. Radon enters the building through cracks in the foundation, and by diffusion directly through the slab and the foundation. Canadian research has developed a system using spray foam to control radon entry with both air and radon diffusion barriers. This presentation will outline the advances in radon control.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand radon gas and the risk that is presents to the occupants.

2. Identify regions where radon is prevalent and the radon concentration level requiring mitigation.

3. Identify the various pathways that radon enters the building.

4. Understand the components of a complete radon solution.

Instructor: Randy Nicklas


Approaches for Effective Isolation Space Control to Minimize Airborne Transmission of Contaminants in Residential Homes

If a person sharing a home with others is infected with a virus, how can I prevent it from spreading to other members of the household? Existing evidence strongly suggests that viral infectious diseases can be transmitted via an airborne route across distances in indoor environments. Accordingly, sharing indoor space in the presence of infected individuals poses a major risk in the transmission of the disease. This webinar will present several low-cost, easy-to-implement control strategies to potentially mitigate the airborne transmission of infectious aerosols in a single-family house.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe characteristics of an isolation zone in terms of pressure differences.
  2. Describe low-cost interventions to create a difference in pressure between an isolation zone and a main zone.
  3. Describe how airborne infectious disease particles are simulated.
  4. Be able to implement effective control strategies using easily accessible and low-cost materials, and simple processes.

Instructor: Dr. Tanvir Khan


Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in New US Homes: Preliminary Observations from a Building America Field Study

Energy-efficient new homes that are built tight require appropriately sized bath and kitchen exhaust and whole house mechanical ventilation (WHMV) systems to enable good indoor air quality. ASHRAE Standard 62.2 specifies minimum airflow rates and requires verification, but there is a lack of data on installed system performance and operation and their relationship to indoor air quality in occupied homes. This session will present early findings from an ongoing Building America research study that has gathered data on mechanical ventilation systems, indoor air quality parameters, and house and household characteristics from 180+ occupied homes in CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, OR, and SC. The WHMV systems in many homes rated as compliant with the standard did not meet airflow requirements and many with adequate capacity were not operating as found. Complexity of system design, installation errors, and unaware occupants (mostly owners) appear to be the key factors. Indoor concentrations of air pollutants (particulate matter, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, and radon) varied greatly among homes with and without WHMV. A subset of homes were sampled for one week each with/out WHMV running to isolate the effect of ventilation on IAQ.

Presenters

  • Rengie Chan, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
  • Eric Martin, Program Director, Florida Solar Energy Center
  • Paul Francisco, Senior Research Engineer, Indoor Climate & Research Training
  • Chrissi Antonopoulos, Senior Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Indoor Air Quality Sensors Test Method

With increased focus on health and indoor air quality, the industry has seen a boom of low-cost indoor air quality sensor systems that measure a variety of pollutants and other substances. These sensors are being using in a wide array of applications, often being included in consumer IAQ feedback devices, and even sometimes being used to control demand-responsive ventilation. The potential for both increased indoor air quality, as well as more efficient ventilation systems carries the possibility of important steps forward in home performance. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, this topic has risen in prominence with sensors being used to detect various substances (CO2 for example) as a proxy for viral load in a space. However, the big question remaining is how well these sensors work. Recent experiments suggest significant variation in the industry related to the performance of low-cost sensors. Since 2017, Newport has worked with the DOE Building America program, in partnership with South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), and Healthy Air Research and Certification Authority (HARCA) to develop standardized test methods for evaluating the performance of these sensors using a laboratory test chamber. Newport is currently leading two test methods through the ASTM standard development process: one for PM2.5 sensors and one for CO2 Sensors. HVI and HARCA are developing plans for an industry certification process, both of consumer feedback devices, and of sensors integrated with ventilation controls that will be based on the finalized test methods. Once the first two test methods are finalized, future test methods for other pollutants can be based on these models. Newport and HVI will share the technical work performed to develop these standards as well as the future of industry efforts to bring certification of IAQ sensor systems to the market.

Presenters

  • Joe Nebbia, Newport Partners LLC
  • Matt Matheny, Engineering Director, Home Ventilating Institute (HVI)

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Indoor Air Quality: System Approach for a Post-Covid Future

This presentation addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with providing healthy indoor spaces going forward into a post-COVID future. The presentation discusses filtration, ultraviolet light, and hydro-peroxides as different methods for cleaning air, as well as various products available on the market today. The authors discuss and quanitify their conclusion that a system approach is needed using a combination of all three methods in order to provide the healthiest indoor air quality possible, which will be able to heavily mitigate or even eliminate the risks associated with airborne viruses in indoor spaces.

Please click this link to be taken to the written version upon which the presentation will be based: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/295533339/

Presenters

  • Ted Konechne, DPIS
  • Aaron Holden, Director of Engineering, Ei

CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


3 Pillars of Boosting Sales with Indoor airPLUS™️

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Indoor airPLUS™️ (IAP) program to help home builders meet the growing consumer demand for healthier homes with improved indoor air quality. This Field Fusion will dive into the value of the program and identify practical steps toward implementation so that you and your homeowners can experience the benefits - right away! Find out how you can be the builder who sets the standard for healthy homes and exceeds consumer expectations by adding the Indoor airPLUS label to your product line.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify specific program requirements to easily adopt in your current scope of work practices.
  • Establish how verifying homes under the IAP program can differentiate you from competitors.
  • Discover how to simplify the homebuyer experience and make working with you an obvious choice.

Instructor: Rusty Buick


What are Asthma & Allergies

Asthma and Allergies impact a staggering 50% of US households. Many indoor triggers are causing medical challenges. Dr. John teaches us the triggers of asthma and allergies within the home and how to talk about them. We examine the lack of regulation in this area and the confusion this brings to homeowners. Finally, we look at how to mitigate against these common allergens and have better, more productive conversations with your customers on this topic.

Learning Objectives

• The scale of the Asthma and Allergy challenge in the USA

• Learn what happens during an asthma attack

• Learn about the natural history of allergic diseases

• Understand why a ‘whole-house approach is needed to reduce the impact of asthma and allergies and how building with asthma and allergies in mind can vastly reduce the impact on sufferers


Future Proof Healthy Home Strategies with Panasonic and Swidget

Panasonic and Swidget have combined forces to empower your homes to monitor, assess, and optimize the healthy home and a multitude of other home automation possibilities.  

- Learn how to expand the jobs to be done by upgrading traditional wiring devices to smart devices.
- Easily manage ventilation and other healthy home strategies with simple automations.
- Technology develops fast and the only solution is to provide a future-proof design that is fully customizable and re-configurable. Learn how easy it is with Swidget. 
- Understand our simple Builder Package Options that are surprisingly affordable.


Indoor Pathogens

In this course, we delve into statistics, medical language, and how to talk to customers in a relatable way. We learn about gasses, particles, and biologicals and conduct basic conversations about these hazards. Brief punchy videos not only to understand more about pathogens such as Coronavirus. But how to control the impact of pathogens within a building.

Learning Objectives

• Understand what is in the air in our homes and what can cause problems

• Understand clean air terms in context with the construction industry - such as what a Pathogen is.

• Learn how dangerous chemicals, biologicals, and allergens get into the air and what keeps them there

• Understand what an allergen is, such as ragweed allergen, dust mite allergen, and other household air-borne allergens


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US - Rise Sustainable Real Estate Professional

With over 2 million visitors to its platform, Rise is bringing its valuable homeowner resources to the real estate classroom with online courses that will make real estate professionals as sharp as the homeowner when it comes to the sustainability of the home. Get factual, objective, and unbiased information on products, materials, build quality, and overall sustainable home improvement - and being able to offer that guidance to homeowners as a key differentiator.


KEYNOTE: Pivot!, Catching Customers and Mastering Change

Instructor: Tim Costello

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Essential Market Trends to Grow your Business

This presentation is an update from the session presented at the 2019 EEBA conference.
Understanding the drivers that facilitate market transformation, including consumer behavioral patterns, purchase drivers, and sentiment, can help any building professional make better business decisions. In this session, Green Builder Media CEO Sara Gutterman will reveal the latest market intelligence gathered by COGNITION Smart Data, offering deep insights into consumer preferences that will enable you to improve your marketing, sales, product development, and competitive positioning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key market trends that will affect your business
  • Learn about market drivers that influence homebuyer decision making
  • Explore innovative solutions that address pressing topics like healthy home, net zero,  and connected living
  • Investigate how the Millennial and Gen-Z audience segments will impact the housing industry
  • Examine research that clarifies and supports market transformation

Instructor: Sara Gutterman 

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Selling the Value of Above-Code Programs

It isn’t crazy to say that common expectations people have of the place they call home are centered on peace of mind benefits such as safety, health, comfort, efficiency, and affordability. Those expectations in part, are why building codes and above-code programs exist. Builders and trade professionals strive to improve their products to meet buyer demands and expectations. They commit to programs that go beyond a base-line set of standards. As a home building professional, you understand the value and importance of building a home that’s designed to meet these sets of expectations. But how do you effectively communicate and sell those benefits to your potential audience? How do you set yourself apart in the market? How do you make purchasing your home the easiest and most confident choice for your buyers?

Join us to dive further into these questions as we focus on selling the value of above-code programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify and segment your target audience
  • Establish how above-code programs can help you stand out in the market
  • Build a strategy to effectively position, market, and sell above-code programs
  • Obtain actionable insights to help boost sales and referrals

Instructors: Jala Curtis & Rusty Buick

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


What Really Matters

In a post-COVID world we all want our homes to be sanctuaries that take care of us, more than ever before. Thus, benefits like healthy indoor air, control over energy costs, energy independence, and comfort are reining supreme. Luckily, these are benefits that have always been in the wheelhouse of high performance builders. But what matters most? How should you communicate about it before, during and after the sale? Suzanne Shelton, EEBA board member and CEO of Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications firm entirely focused on sustainability, will share her firm’s latest findings and recommendations, pulling from their ongoing Pulse studies, as well as surveys conducted for members of the EEBA Builder Benchmark groups and digital marketing work performed for high performance builders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what features and benefits matter most to Americans right now.
  • Understand what messaging resonates and drives preference (and what does not) as high performance builders work to position themselves.
  • Understand the consumer journey – from finding a builder, to deciding on a high performance builder to getting through the build to coming out the other side.
  • Learn opportunities for improving communications throughout the customer journey.

Instructor: Suzanne Shelton

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


KEYNOTE: Builder to a Brand – How to Successfully Market Your Firm Through Social Media

Learn how to use social media as tools to better your brand. 

Instructor: Brad Leavitt

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Permanent Changes to Home-building Post Pandemic

This session brings together a panel that includes an architect, a builder, a developer, a finance person, and a marketer to explore what we "know" and what we think we know about the effects of the pandemic on the home-building eco-system. We will approach this from both the builder and the buyer's perspective, but also the trades, designers and developers. This session is wide-ranging and designed to be interactive to help us all have a better grasp on what the future holds.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the new imperatives interact with each other
  • Understand how Net Zero is the end game for homes and yet is the foundation for everything else
  • Identify fact from hype regarding indoor air quality and learn how to market it
  • Explore what resilience means in different regional contexts and note how it can be a distinguishing feature for homes

Instructors: Steve Byers, Nathan Kahre, & Suzanne Shelton

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Building Better Promotions with the Right Tools and Elevating Your Facebook Strategy

Are you tired of investing money in promotions that just don’t seem to do the trick? Have you dabbled with Facebook, but just can’t quite elevate your page to match your goals? Do promotions tend to get moved to the bottom of the pile, because you don’t have the time? Invest an hour in this session to hear how to select the best promotional tools for your company. The list of promotional tools available to businesses is complex. Each of the tools has benefits and can provide great value if used for the right reason. We will review the strengths and weaknesses of the primary promotional tools along with best practices. This will allow participants to select the tools that best fit their business goals while making choices that are more effective and productive. Also, in this session, we will identify and demonstrate the key components of the Facebook platform that can make your time and effort more worthwhile. This includes developing a content calendar and ideas for creating engaging content that will connect with the audience. There will be a review of important settings including a look at how to boost or advertise on your company page.

Instructor: Connie Reinert

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Sales & Marketing of the Ultimate Z.E.N Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to meet the challenges of healthy living, working and learning from home, carbon free living, net zero energy and battery energy storage. This session covers how the home responds to the COVID home buyer’s desire for safety and security while living in a state-of-the-art home. How has the homebuyer responded to these benefits and how was the design program enhanced in sales, marketing and interior design? Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, along with the sales and marketing team from Thrive Home Builders, and the interior designer on this project.


Marketing to a Changed Market

The COVID-19 crisis is causing homeowners to re-evaluate their needs and wants in a home. That will likely be good news for the high performance home building community. Suzanne Shelton, CEO of Shelton Group, will share insights about shifting expectations on health, control, comfort, energy efficiency and IAQ. She'll also share new expectations on companies and lay out a framework for how you can position your company to align with these new expectations and thrive.

Instructor: Suzanne Shelton


Strategies from Top EEBA Builders on Managing Through Crisis

COVID-19 not only puts high performance builders up against marketing through a downturn, it also forces you to deal with the very real supply chain, worker availability and health-related shut-downs brought on by this particular crisis. Join Gene Myers of Thrive Home Builders, Tim O'Brien of Tim O'Brien Homes, and Dennis Webb of Fulton Homes as they discuss how they are managing their businesses during this challenging time. The webinar will be moderated by George Casey of the Housing Innovation Alliance.

Instructors: Gene Myers, Tim O'Brien, Dennis Webb


Coronavirus & Systemic Changes in the Housing Industry

There are many unknowns swirling around the Coronavirus right now, but one thing is certain: there will be long-term system changes in the housing sector that will place new demands on building professionals and manufacturers alike. In this webinar, Green Builder Media CEO will explore shifting consumer behaviors, purchasing patterns and sentiment; key areas where consumer expectations may be changed for good; and trends in essential areas like connect living, health and wellness, and energy.

Instructor: Sara Gutterman


Planning for Results - Best Practices That You Can Apply to Your Business

Companies in the building industry are under increased pressure to drive sales growth and ROI, even with elevated costs for materials, labor, and the like. How can you methodically develop the right strategic, business, and / or marketing plans to meet these challenges, while ensuring you engage and align key stakeholders along the way? Learning Objectives: - Learn how to methodically analyze a business situation and translates those insights into actionable plans that will lock growth. - Improve your organization’s planning process in order to drive better alignment across functions and groups. - Walk away with planning techniques that you can immediately apply to your current situation. - Learn how to leverage multiple data sources and internal functional groups to develop the necessary inputs that are required to developing a robust plan.


Builder-Provided Extended Warranties and Service Plans: Business Opportunity or Bad Idea?

Few U.S. homebuilders offer builder-backed extended warranties beyond one year of coverage. Several builders within EEBA's Builder Benchmark Groups have been brainstorming the business opportunities that such builder-backed warranties, coupled with service plans, likely provide - including referrals, higher customer satisfaction, and the opportunity to ensure that new homes continue to operate and perform as designed after years of service. Join Todd Usher from Addison Homes in an interactive discussion on the pros and cons of builder-backed extended warranties along with some preliminary Clemson University consumer research focused on the subject.

Instructor: Todd Usher


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Voice of the Builder: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builders Share their Secrets for Cost-Effective High-Performance Homes

Zero Energy Ready Homes can save a bundle for their home owners and they don’t have to break the bank for home builders either. This presentation includes lessons learned from builders across the country who are building award-winning production, custom, affordable, and multi-family homes that achieve remarkably high performance levels, in some cases at little extra cost compared to code construction. Learn from these innovative builders how building to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program is helping them build and sell homes that are zero energy ready, healthy, durable, and cost-effective to construct too.

Moderators: Theresa L. Gilbride and Terrence Mosley


Dun Today: Enabling the Home as a Service Business Model

Join us to hear from Dun Today Founder Ty Udell as he discusses Home-as-a-Service and the Market Transitions on the horizon for Custom and Hi-Volume builders alike. Ty will dive into the “app based consumer,” next generation client engagements, and new revenue streams enabled by the transition to Home-as-a-Service.

Instructor: Ty Udell


Selling High Performance Homes

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The Sales Culture of Homebuilding

"Nothing happens until it's sold." - Ira A. Fulton, founder and Chairman of Fulton Homes, Tempe, AZ. Every homebuilder must have a sales culture, where sales is the epicenter of the company and really mean it and where war is declared on anything that gets in the way of sales. We use age-old retail principles where the buyer comes first in every aspect of our business as the eleven most important words in retail are, "Find out what the buyer wants and give it to them."
It is one thing to have a strong sales culture where you have the best systems, the best sales force, and sell more than twice as many homes per community per month than the rest of the market, but in order for this to happen, you have to generate traffic to your Sales Office and model complex.

Every builder should have Unique Selling Propositions where you have items or concepts that you promote that sets you apart from other builders. Most of you have energy efficiency and healthy homes that you promote that do set you apart from the others. How do you tell the story of Energy Efficiency and Healthy homes? Learn tips from 6 time IAP Leader award, and 2 time IAP Leader of the Year award winner.

Presenters

  • Dennis Webb, Fulton Homes

CEUs: 1 LU AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Inspiring Homebuyers and Building Owners to Demand Net-Zero Energy and Zero Emission Homes/Buildings

Net-zero energy and zero emission homes/buildings are being built ALL across the U.S. and yet so many buyers either don’t know this level of performance, including optimized comfort and minimized maintenance, is within their grasp. Or, if they do know about it, they too often assume it is still “too cutting-edge” and thus too expensive to be in their home. Our panelists on this episode are educating and helping dispel the misunderstanding that this type of performance is only available for the ultra-wealthy. 


Paul Kriescher, Executive Producer/Host of the new PBS/YouTube series, Heart of a Building, does this by showcasing the inspiring “why” stories behind inspired homes and buildings across Colorado and soon from across the U.S. beginning with the Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL areas. David Takahashi is a Boulder homeowner who renovated his 1954 “energy-hog” of a home into a net-zero energy home after Climate Change enhanced fire and flood (destroyed and damaged, respectively) previous homes he owned a decade earlier. Paul Hutton is the Director of Regenerative Design at the Cuningham Group where he specializes in optimizing daylighting and building performance for schools and commercial buildings across the U.S.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how and why people design and build/remodel net-zero energy houses/buildings.
2. Learn about the true costs of net-zero energy home construction vs. operational, maintenance and environmental impact savings (new and retrofit).
3. Understand the importance of the thermal envelope prior to electrifying heating, cooling and ventilation equipment.
4. Learn why solar PV is the “icing on the cake”, not the first step.

Speakers: 

Paul Kriescher, Paul Hutton, & David Takahashi


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SIPs

Certified SIP Master Builder Course

This course is provided in partnership with the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA).

SIPA offers a $50 membership discount to builders who complete a 10-hour online SIPs course, the first step in joining a prestigious group of builders who are changing the landscape for high performance, advanced building envelope construction.

By completing the BEST course work you are considered a "Builder in Training" and can join SIPA as a member with $50 off the first year membership fee (pay only $85). The next step is to register and enroll in the SIPA Registered Builder Program to achieve "Registered Builder" status and then on to the "SIPA Master Builder" certification. Go to the SIPA Registered Builder Program page to see details.

Instructor: Al Cobb

CEUs: 8 AIA LU/HSW


SIPA BEST Program - Introduction to SIPs

SIPschool founder Al Cobb introduces structural insulated panels (SIPs). Topics include the early and recent history of SIPs, the anatomy of a SIP, common applications of SIPs, and SIP manufacturing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize how SIPs have evolved since the original concept in 1935 with a focus on how they have become more energy efficient
  • Identify how SIPA has impacted the use of SIPs
  • Describe the anatomy of a SIP and how SIPs are used in commercial and residential envelope construction
  • Understand the process of manufacturing SIPs
  • Compare and contrast the different types of cores and skins used in SIPs

SIPA BEST Program - Basic SIP Design and Engineering

SIPschool founder Al Cobb introduces structural insulated panels (SIPs). Topics include the early and recent history of SIPs, the anatomy of a SIP, common applications of SIPs, and SIP manufacturing.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize how SIPs have evolved since the original concept in 1935 with a focus on how they have become more energy efficient
  • Identify how SIPA has impacted the use of SIPs
  • Describe the anatomy of a SIP and how SIPs are used in commercial and residential envelope construction
  • Understand the process of manufacturing SIPs
  • Compare and contrast the different types of cores and skins used in SIPs

SIPA BEST Program - SIP Order Process

SIPschool founder Al Cobb presents how to thoroughly and efficiently plan a SIP project, including topics such as estimating and quoting costs and services, finding panel suppliers and the writing specifications for panels to suit the needs of a project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize how to give an accurate quote for a SIP project
  • Differentiate between services offered by panel providers
  • Describe differences in SIP packages
  • Identify factors that contribute to choosing a dealer/distributor
  • Understand what panels specifications are needed for a given project

SIPA BEST Program - SIP Building Science

Building science concerns the flow of energy and moisture through buildings. In this lesson, SIPschool founder Al Cobb examines the building science behind SIPs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain what building science is and summarize what is meant by the term “house as a system.”
  • Summarize how and why energy, moisture and vapor move through a structure and why it is important to control this flow
  • Detail roof and wall venting in a SIPs building, and explain where, why and how we should do it
  • Define dew point and understand how condensation can form in buildings
  • Identify the key areas in a SIPs building where heat loss and condensation potential must be controlled

SIPA BEST Program - SIP Layout Drawings

This lesson gives an overview of panel layout drawings. Topics include the purposes of panel layout drawings and the review process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and explain the purposes that panel layout drawings serve
  • Understand how code officials interface with the panel drawings and why this is significant when filing for a permit
  • Summarize the different levels of information included in panel drawings
  • Explain the importance of the review process, knowing when the review should happen and what it should encompass

SIPA BEST Program - SIP Site Planning and Coordination

In this lesson, SIPschool founder Al Cobb discusses key information for planning and coordinating a SIP jobsite. Topics include best practices, safety, panel delivery and material handling equipment.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize best practices to plan for a successful SIP install
  • Identify and avoid site safety hazards when installing SIPs
  • Understand what equipment is needed for each project
  • Explain how to stage and set up the site for installing SIPs
  • Outline how to coordinate various trade contractors involved in the project
  • Identify how equipment options and specifications may change from project to project
  • Describe how to properly unload and store panels on site

SIPA BEST Program - SIP Layout and Panel Installation

This lesson provides an overview on how to install SIPs. Topics include tools and techniques, site management and how to tailor the SIP installation to each specific project.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize how to prepare for a SIP installation including panel prep, preassembly and bracing requirements
  • Understand and explain the importance of labeling the areas that will need attention after panel installation
  • Summarize how to select the correct tools and techniques for each specific project
  • Describe how to work efficiently with other trades on site
  • Recognize the importance of sealing gaps as panels are installed
  • Prepare for and adjust work needs for varying weather conditions

SIPA BEST Program - Integrating Mechanical Systems with SIPs

In this lesson, SIPschool founder Al Cobb explains on how to integrate mechanical systems into a SIPs project. Topics include working with mechanicals trades, HVAC analysis and how to control pressure conditions that can lead to backdrafting of combustion appliances.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recognize the importance of pre-construction meetings and layout reviews in order to work efficiently with other trades
  • Understand how the work of other trades relates to the SIP package as a system
  • Explain specifically how to integrate electrical and plumbing work into SIP installation
  • Understand the importance of an HVAC analysis and how it should affect the SIP project
  • Describe how indoor pollutants can be controlled with mechanical ventilation
  • Identify the purpose of blower door and duct testing
  • Summarize how to avoid back-drafting of combustion appliances

SIPA BEST Program - SIP Finish Materials and Detailing

This training video outlines how to apply finish materials and properly detail SIP projects. Topics include siding choices and fastening procedures, window and door installation and back-ventilation techniques.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify appropriate detailing systems for a SIPs building
  • Understand the importance of controlling bulk water and describe the techniques used to do this
  • Explain back-ventilation techniques for cladding systems, and identify when these are necessary
  • Differentiate between various siding and roofing selections, as well as understand the fastening requirements for each choice

SIPA BEST Program - Common Objections for SIP Designs

SIPschool founder and longtime SIP distributor Al Cobb explores how to sell SIPs. Topics include how best to discuss price, and how to persuasively overcome various objections that prospective clients may have.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Differentiate between sales and marketing
  • Understand why clients often question the price of SIPs, and know how to discuss this in a positive way
  • Describe for clients how proper detailing defends against premature failure using building science knowledge 
  • Explain the qualifications of the workforce in order to put the client at ease
  • Answer client questions about mold and moisture problems, termites and carpenter ants, noise and other concerns in a knowledgeable manner

SIPs in Residential Design

This course will explain the benefits of designing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for residential applications. The designer will gain a better understanding of application, assembly and detailing in order to properly utilize SIPs for optimum energy efficiency and durability. Through case studies and design strategies, the designer will walk away from the course with a better understanding of designing for current industry standards with SIPs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and define SIPs and their residential applications
  • Explain energy-efficiency design strategies utilizing SIPs
  • Illustrate SIP design and engineering methods
  • List and describe current industry assembly standards

Instructor: Al Cobb

CEUs: 1 AIA HSW CE Hour


SIPs in Commercial Design

This course will discuss the benefits of commercial building design with structural insulated panels (SIPs), including energy savings, waste minimization and other sustainable contributions. The designer will gain a better understanding of how to properly utilize SIPs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the basics of SIPs, including their composition, common engineering methods,
  • applicable codes and standards, and how SIPs contribute to sustainable design.
  • Identify the energy-efficient characteristics of SIPs and how they improve whole building energy efficiency.
  • Describe the waste reducing and product life cycle benefits of building with SIPs relative to traditional wood framing.
  • Explain how SIPs contribute to better indoor air quality through a reduction in both air infiltration and interior off gassing.

Instructor: Al Cobb

CEUs: 1 AIA HSW CE Hour


Solar & Battery Storage

Overcoming PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs with Solar+Storage

In the Fall of 2019, over 3 million people in Northern California faced a startling realization as PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) commenced, leaving homes completely powerless for days at a time. The PSPS program was designed to preemptively de-energize transmission lines considered “at risk for failure” by the heightened fire threat due to dry conditions and gusty winds. The October 2019 PSPS events were the worst suffered in California’s history, leaving over 940,000 PG&E customers without power for several days on two separate occasions. Homeowners with solar+storage systems, however, were able to overcome the PSPS events by generating and storing all the energy they needed for daily use – without any disruption of power – until the PSPS period came to a close. This presentation will provide testimonials of customers in California’s fire zones who were able to overcome the PSPS events with solar+storage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the necessity of power shutoffs in high fire threat areas, and the potential risks and consequences of sustained outages.
  • Understand ToU (Time of Use) electricity tariffs and how grid-tied battery backup systems can utilize peak-load shifting to save energy and money.
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of home battery backup systems versus home generators, particularly during prolonged power shutoffs.
  • Discuss solar+storage solutions, and their benefits for the environment compared to other available systems.

Instructor: Aric Saunders

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Revolutionizing Clean Energy Design in Residential Buildings

Join sonnen and EEBA for a presentation on how new smart, energy management technology is revolutionizing residential design and enabling a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. In addition to enabling net zero, sustainable, and energy efficient design, using solar + sonnen intelligent batteries with the option to pair with home automation to mange how homes produce energy, store energy and use it to reduce energy costs and improve energy security. Gain insights on business models for new communities, like Jasper by Mandalay Homes and Soleil Lofts by the Wasatch Group, that use these technologies to create a blueprint for entire clean energy communities that are financially beneficial for homeowners, developers, and the local utility.

Instructor: Geoff Ferrell


Net Zero Energy and Battery Storage in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home features a 7.8 kWh rooftop solar array as a standard feature to help achieve net-zero energy goals. But instead of selling surplus electricity back to the local utility as energy credits, an innovative battery storage system scaled for single-family keeps it on site. Learn how Thrive Home Builders incorporated that system (and why) and its impact on energy resources for housing. Hosted by Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, we will also hear from panelists Sam Rashkin from the Department of Energy, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Adam Weinstein of sonnen Inc., Dennis Helblig of SunStreet, and Nathan Kahre from EnergyLogic.


Take Control of Your Electricity Bills with Home Energy Storage

There are hundreds of technologies available on the market today that are designed to "green" your home. However, a new market is emerging that takes home energy management to the next level: energy storage. Outside of California, the term "home energy storage" may be unfamiliar: this market segment was nearly nonexistent in 2017. However, by the end of 2019, home energy storage comprised over one-third of the total energy storage market nationally. By 2021, it will become a billion-dollar domestic market. While green tech can improve the efficiency and sustainability of your home's daily operations, no other technology allows you to take complete control over your energy usage and costs like energy storage technologies that allow you to store energy for use when you need it (thus avoiding spikes in electricity costs caused by daily variations in supply and demand). This presentation will walk the audience through the components of a fully integrated home energy storage, management and monitoring system, as well as its standard functions. Audience members will learn how they can utilize home battery technology not only to minimize electricity costs, but also how to protect against power outages, participate in incentive programs, and even connect a battery to home solar or other smart-home devices (smartphone included).


High Performance Zero Energy Home Design

High performance zero energy homes provide many benefits including cost savings, energy resiliency, durability, comfort, and sustainable operation. While these types of homes have been built for a long time, the knowledge of how to build them has historically been kept by few. Now with increasingly stringent building codes across the U.S., driven by long-term energy policy and growing demands on the energy grid, all builders and implementers need to know how to build high performance. This session will review key strategies to build high performance zero energy homes discussing measures that impact building envelope, heating, cooling, ventilation, water heating, and other loads. The presentation will highlight electric technology including heat pumps.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand key strategies to build high performance zero energy homes
  2. Examine strategies to reduce building heating and cooling loads
  3. Examine common mechanical systems
  4. Identify key system interactions in high performance zero energy homes

Instructor: Alea German


Workforce Development

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Building the Future of Energy Efficient Buildings Through Workforce Development

How do we ensure healthy, energy efficient buildings are part of the future built environment? How can we ensure we have enough qualified workers to make efficiency upgrades possible at scale in our current buildings? By training a workforce that is empowered and passionate about designing, constructing, and operating high-performance buildings and installing energy efficient building technologies. Attend this session to learn about the current state of the efficiency workforce, steps leading organizations have taken to attract and retain younger workers, and how you can join forces with U.S. Department of Energy through programs such as the Solar Decathlon and Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator.

Instrctor: Sarah Truitt, Madeline Salzman, Zachary Peterson, & Clint Shireman


Benefits and Strategies to Hire and Retain Veterans

The National Veterans Chamber serves both the individual Veteran and the organizations that support our Veterans and military families. Veterans and military families are able to access resources to find jobs, start a business, and obtain advice in current employment. Employers benefit by accessing resources to help them create a welcoming military-friendly workplace, free training programs and access tax benefits when hiring military Veterans.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn about the programs and benefits of the Veterans Chamber
2. Identify employees with supervisory potential to complete the First Time Manager Training.
3. Understand the Veteran Friendly Employer Program, including assistance with onboarding veterans and setting up a peer-to-peer Veteran Mentorship Program
4. Realize the tax benefits when hiring veterans - employers could receive up to $9600 per hire

Instructors: Joseph Molina and Rene Carter


The House that SHE Built - providing scholarships for women in construction through a 2021 Parade Home

The Utah Chapter of the NAHB Professional Women in Building began work last year to design and build a home that will be showcased in the 2021 Utah Valley Parade of Homes. The goal for this home is to highlight and utilize women professionals, skilled tradeswomen, and woman-owned companies for all stages of the project. The proceeds from the sale of the home following the Parade will be divided between scholarships, women-run charities, and future home projects like The House That SHE Built. The home is a 3,200 sq ft 2-story home with an eclectic, farmhouse style. Additionally, the home also includes many high-performance details. In this session, we'll share the story of this project and its impact on the local community and future generations of women in building.

Presenters

  • Jennie Tanner, Business Owner and Managing Partner, Tanner Glass and Hardware

CEUs: 1 LU AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Workforce Development and the Importance of Recruiting a Diverse Workforce

Corporate America is at a crossroads, says McKinsey & Company in its Women in the Workplace 2020 study. The choices companies make today will have consequences on gender equality for decades. And when you think of an industry dominated by men, construction might be among the first to come to mind. After all, of the people working in construction, women comprise only about 11 percent. Even smaller is the number of women on the front lines of a job site—only one for every 100 employees in the field, according to the Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2021 by BigRentz.

Presenters

  • Lakisha Ann Woods, President & CEO, NIBS

CEUs: 1 LU AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Resilient Homes Need to Be Built by Resilient People

The construction industry is on the top of a list that no one wants to be on---completed suicides. Our goal in this session is to go upstream and get real comfortable talking about mental health in the industry and use the speaker's personal story to weave this narrative. We will discuss risk factors and warning signs for suicide prevention and look at ways to let your people know that you care.

Presenters

  • Dennis Gillan, Executive Director, Half a Sorrow Foundation

Help! I Need Somebody Workforce Woes, Work Arounds, and What Abouts

The need for housing is rising across the country with home buyer demand far outpacing supply in most markets. All this demand creates a terrific opportunity to build high-performance homes. The problem is the shortage of skilled labor is nearly as severe as the shortage of available homes. Thousands of skilled craftsmen are retiring each year and the pipeline of new employees is just a trickle, with few young workers choosing the trades as a career path, leaving builders everywhere lamenting the lack of laborers. Join us to see how some high-performance home builders are tackling the problem head-on with training programs for young workers and creative approaches to finding and keeping good subs and staff. You'll also hear about government initiatives that could help. But since we need new ideas on such a massive scale, we want to hear from you too: What are your biggest workforce woes? How do you find talent? Where do you go for training? What ideas do you have for attracting, training, and retaining the next generations of skilled builders? Join us for this interactive session to learn and share your thoughts on this critical challenge to the homebuilding industry.

Presenters

  • David Kendall, Thrive Home Builders
  • Ryan Hillgartner, Director of Marketing, Tim O'Brien Homes
  • Rick Wertheim, United Way of Long Island
  • Marye Hefty, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Theresa Gilbride, Building Energy Efficiency Researcher, PNNL

CEUs: 1 LU AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits


Linking Advanced Building and Workforce to Careers/Programs

This class is intended for students, entry-level workers, or people experienced in the home building industry looking for career path advancement options. The class explores various career paths, using career map tools intended to explain various options for people interested in careers in innovative, high-performance home construction. Attendees will be introduced to basic building science concepts, as well as a variety of career path examples. The class will establish a link between innovative building practices and career advancement options.


Learning Objectives:
- Describe resources for improving building science education within their organization.
- Evaluate presented messaging approaches for communicating the value of high performance.
- Describe a variety of careers/programs in advanced energy efficiency.
- Understand a variety of accredited programs.

Instructor: Sam Bowles


Zero Energy

Zer0 Place - Making Net Zero Energy Mainstream

Zer0 Place is a net-zero, mixed-use development with 46 residential units, including affordable and accessible units, as well as retail space. Designed to provide a community of “zero energy living,” this NY State Building of Excellence award winner is intended to meet LEED, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, EPA Indoor airPlus, and Energy Star requirements and will deliver zero energy bills for residents. Speakers will present this building’s features, such as super-insulated and air-tight construction, 246 kW PV array, EV charging, LED lighting, innovative high-efficiency ground-source integrated HVAC and DHW system, detailed indoor air quality measures, and advanced smart controls. In addition, this interactive session will include an audience opportunity to guide what data the project will collect over the first year of monitoring. Come hear about this cutting-edge model for an active transport friendly, mixed-use, zero-energy building from a multi-time Housing Innovation Award winner and grand winner.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to describe the optimized approach to efficiency, renewable energy, and smart controls used in the Zer0 Place project
Attendees will be able to identify the link between specific efficiency construction practices and resiliency
Attendees will be able too recognize the strategies used in Zer0 Place that can achieve a mainstream approach to zero energy mixed used communities.
Attendees will propose, during the session, a set of data collection objectives for the first year of monitoring.

Instructors: Anthony Aebi & David Shepler

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Lessons from Zero Energy Ready Home Builders

Innovative builders in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program are showing that it is possible to achieve HERS scores of zero and lower at reasonable cost, in homes that are resilient, durable, comfortable, and energy efficient while achieving healthy indoor air quality. This presentation lays out a path to net zero energy home construction offered by the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. Program specifications are outlined for both a prescriptive and a performance path to achieve zero energy home certification. Construction methods used by Zero Energy Ready home builders are compared with those used by builders of just-to-code new homes and existing homes for key components like wall assemblies, HVAC systems, and other important energy-efficiency measures. Data are presented from the successes of nearly 5,000 DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes constructed over the past nine years including case study snapshots of this year’s DOE Housing Innovation Award winners. These builders represent every facet of the home construction industryincluding production, custom, affordable, and multifamily home builders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a path to net zero home construction as outlined in DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home Program.
  • Identify practical, efficient options for wall assemblies.
  • Learn what choices Zero Energy Ready Home builders are making in HVAC, water heating and other key energy and resource-efficient measures.
  • Discover simple, cost-effective techniques for improving home performance from DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builders including this year’s DOE Housing Innovation Award Winners.

Instructors: Theresa Gilbride, Terrence Mosley, & Joe Nebbia

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


Next Gen Zero

It’s hard to believe that the original DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements are already over 7 years old. Over this time, they have been adopted by hundreds of builders as well as affordable housing programs, local codes, and state Stretch Codes. This includes over 6,000 certified homes encompassing custom, production, modular, affordable, multifamily, and even a few tiny homes throughout the United States. Over this same time period, there’s been a huge surge of state and local policies to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency and emissions reductions. In addition, new innovations for building enclosures, lighting, ventilation, heating/cooling, IAQ and many other areas have arrived in the marketplace or are coming soon. And most recently, the 2021 IECC has raised the bar further to continue the push for energy efficiency in new U.S. homes. This is all to say, it’s time to look at new changes for Zero Energy Ready Home. During this session, we’ll review potential updates to program specs that would deliver meaningful, cost-effective improvements in energy efficiency, building performance, and resilience. Potential timelines for “DOE ZERH 2.0” updates will be discussed, and stakeholder feedback will be solicited along the way. Join us for a look at the exciting future for housing. It keeps getting better.

Instructors: Sam Rashkin & Jamie Lyons

CEU's: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

**A maximum of 6 NAHB credits can be earned for entire Summit


How to Cost-Effectively Build Zero Energy Homes

*This training has been designed for Oregon building industry professionals and will include information on OR-specific case studies and programs, however audiences from outside Oregon will find value in the content and are welcome to attend.

Eliminate barriers to ZE home construction and earn a 'Zero Energy Professional' designation. Join EEBA and Earth Advantage for this three-part webinar series on affordable Zero Energy (ZE) home design and construction. Learn how to eliminate common barriers to Zero Energy (ZE) home construction, benefit from the rapid trend towards ZE, and earn a 'Zero Energy Professional' designation.

Zero Energy (ZE) homes are a big part of the future of homebuilding business. While the materials and equipment to reach zero energy are available, designers and builders must create a bundle of energy-efficiency features that matches their climate, customers, and business constraints. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This training will lay out numerous elements of zero energy homebuilding so professionals can formulate a unique package appropriate for their situation.

Participants in this training will learn design principles, equipment options, emerging technologies, material selections, and construction practices that can be integrated into their building process. Strong emphasis is placed on ways to make the final product affordable for homebuyers. Other topics include housing market drivers, localized resources, Oregon case studies, incentive programs, ways to assess and communicate economic benefits, and next steps to put principles into practice.

'Zero Energy Professional' Designation Participants will have the opportunity to earn EEBA's 'Zero Energy Professional' designation and be listed on EEBA & Earth Advantage registries of accredited professionals. To earn the designation, attendees must pass a designation exam and have completed and passed prerequisite trainings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors that are driving the U.S. housing market toward ZE
  • Name barriers to the widespread adoption of ZE homes
  • Describe three ways to present the financial benefits of ZE homes
  • List six affordable ZE features that you can incorporate into your practice
  • Create a marketing and sales messages that your company can use to promote ZE homes
  • Learn about available Energy Trust EPS incentives through their just released Net Zero and Energy Smart Home offerings
  • Bring current house specifications and evaluate options/advancements along the 12 steps to ZE/ZER

How to Cut Your Heating & Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint to Zero, by Someone Who Has Done It

This free webinar will help you to save a lot of money and cut your carbon footprint. In addition, all attendees will receive a free electronic version (for iPad or Kindle) of David Green's highly-acclaimed book Zero Carbon Home. In this webinar I describe what we did to cut our home's carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero. I am saving so much money on bills that I am earning a 15% return on my investments in heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels, which I call the fab four. Yes, I am a Brit and a Beatles fan.


A Cost-Effective Path to Healthy, Affordable, Net Zero Housing with DOE’s ZER Program

Certified high performance, high indoor air quality, and net zero energy may sound like an expensive wish list for affordable housing, especially in locations that already have high land prices but a select group of affordable home builders has found a way to make clean, healthy, and net zero attainable by sticking to the criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. In this presentation, we’ll show how affordable home builders like United Way of Long Island, along with production, custom, and multifamily builders across the country, are building healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes that are achieving remarkably high performance and low Home Energy Rating System scores – with a program average of HERS 43 without PV and HERS 6 with PV. We’ll give an overview of the choices builders across the program are making in terms of key energy-efficiency measures like wall assemblies, insulation types, HVAC equipment, water heating, etc. We’ll share some of their best design secrets for cutting costs without sacrificing performance. We’ll dive deep into the details with case studies of several of United Way of Long Island’s award-winning projects. And we’ll lay out a roadmap based on the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program so you can achieve high performance home designs too.

Instructors: Mosley, Rick Wertheim, Theresa Gilbride


All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. Learn about the Gateway to Zero from Team Zero members Jack Armstrong and Sam Rashkin. This webinar will be hosted by Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, Rich Binsacca, and also include Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders and Karla Butterfield of Steven Winter Associates.

Instructors: Rich Binsacca, Jack Armstrong, Sam Rashkin, Karla Butterfield, & Bill Rectanus


Sales & Marketing of the Ultimate Z.E.N Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to meet the challenges of healthy living, working and learning from home, carbon free living, net zero energy and battery energy storage. This session covers how the home responds to the COVID home buyer’s desire for safety and security while living in a state-of-the-art home. How has the homebuyer responded to these benefits and how was the design program enhanced in sales, marketing and interior design? Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, along with the sales and marketing team from Thrive Home Builders, and the interior designer on this project.


Health in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to set a new standard for health in the home. Learn about EPA Indoor airPLUS and how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home builds on this foundation to address COVID, with whole house HEPA filtration and optimum humidity to shorten the life of the pathogen on surfaces. The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home monitors indoor air quality and automatically manages the HVAC system to address concerns. Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, with panelists Nick Hurst of EPA's Indoor airPLUS program, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Russell Pope from Panasonic, and Joseph Hillenmeyer of Aprilaire.

Revolutionizing Clean Energy Design in Residential Buildings

Join sonnen and EEBA for a presentation on how new smart, energy management technology is revolutionizing residential design and enabling a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. In addition to enabling net zero, sustainable, and energy efficient design, using solar + sonnen intelligent batteries with the option to pair with home automation to mange how homes produce energy, store energy and use it to reduce energy costs and improve energy security. Gain insights on business models for new communities, like Jasper by Mandalay Homes and Soleil Lofts by the Wasatch Group, that use these technologies to create a blueprint for entire clean energy communities that are financially beneficial for homeowners, developers, and the local utility.

Instructor: Geoff Ferrell


Net Zero Energy and Battery Storage in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home features a 7.8 kWh rooftop solar array as a standard feature to help achieve net-zero energy goals. But instead of selling surplus electricity back to the local utility as energy credits, an innovative battery storage system scaled for single-family keeps it on site. Learn how Thrive Home Builders incorporated that system (and why) and its impact on energy resources for housing. Hosted by Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, we will also hear from panelists Sam Rashkin from the Department of Energy, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Adam Weinstein of sonnen Inc., Dennis Helblig of SunStreet, and Nathan Kahre from EnergyLogic.


Residential Market Update: A Conversation with EEBA & Team Zero

Join us for a conversation on the new alliance between Team Zero and EEBA, and a discussion of the synergies between the two organizations. We will also cover the Gateway to Zero and Ann Edminster will provide an overview of the Team Zero fifth annual inventory of the zero-energy and zero-emissions home stock in the US and Canada, and how joining the inventory helps drive sustainable market transformation.


Voice of the Builder: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builders Share their Secrets for Cost-Effective High-Performance Homes

Zero Energy Ready Homes can save a bundle for their home owners and they don’t have to break the bank for home builders either. This presentation includes lessons learned from builders across the country who are building award-winning production, custom, affordable, and multi-family homes that achieve remarkably high performance levels, in some cases at little extra cost compared to code construction. Learn from these innovative builders how building to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program is helping them build and sell homes that are zero energy ready, healthy, durable, and cost-effective to construct too.

Moderators: Theresa L. Gilbride and Terrence Mosley


Reno on Rockridge Case Study

This 1924 Colonial home had fallen into severe disrepair before coming up for sale. As part of the muchneeded renovation, the new homeowners (two Steven Winter Associates, Inc. employees) wanted to eliminate onsite combustion and produce as much of their operating electricity as possible. Other goals included lower embodied energy materials and a healthy indoor environment. LEED v4.1 for Homes offered one platform to address energy, health, and materials. The home was gutted down to the foundation, framing, and floors before the year-long renovation. After the first 8 months of occupancy (July—February), the home produced 14% more energy than it consumed.

Homeowners: Maureen Mahle and Steve Klocke

Moderator: Aaron Smith


High Performance Zero Energy Home Design

High performance zero energy homes provide many benefits including cost savings, energy resiliency, durability, comfort, and sustainable o