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

Thursday, March 11 | 2:00 PM Central
Moderators Theresa Gilbride & Terrence Mosley with builders Todd Usher, Rick Wertheim, Kevin Brozyna, Anthony Maschmedt, Tim O'Brien, Jay Epstein, & Mike Solitto

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.

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

The Real Bang for the Buck in Home Retrofits – Huge Adders from Non-Energy Impacts

Webinar The Real Bang for the Buck in Home Retrofits – Huge Adders from Non-Energy Impacts

Thursday, March 4 | 2:00 PM Central
Dr. Lisa Skumatz

Households value comfort and other non-energy impacts very highly – the data proves it and we can use it! In fact, more than 20 years of increasingly in-depth research shows that the dollar value that households attribute to the non-energy impacts (NEIs) from Home Retrofits has higher value to them than the energy savings. Not only is this OK, it is a great opportunity for home retrofitters and programs. Many of the NEIs are a lot easier to market and are more attractive than energy savings. Varying which of the NEIs that are put out front during marketing can attract the next and next and next participants. And the mounds of data can help make the case for much stronger ROI and payback than using only energy savings to influence decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of measurement methods for these “hard to measure” effects.
  • Learn the important information on NEI values by category and measure for key NEIs.
  • Discover examples of the NEIs from programs, and
  • Provide real-world examples of the application of NEIs for home retrofit programs.

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

Thursday, February 18 | 2:00 PM Central
Joseph Hillenmeyer

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 16 | 2:00 PM Central
Rachelle Boucher, Brady Seals, & Alex Siow

 

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.


Webinar Welcome to the Connected Home by Square D

Thursday, February 4 | 2:00 PM Central
Gerard Font

In this webinar, Square D’s team will walk us through market trends including Smart Home and Distributed Energy Resources and how they are helping the construction industry reduce costs and help homebuyers be more efficient.

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Welcome to the Connected Home by Square D

Dive into the Smart Decathlon for Innovative Professionals

Webinar Dive into the Smart Decathlon for Innovative Professionals

Tuesday, February 2 | 2:00 PM Central
Richard King & Melissa King

Join this webinar to learn more about a new competition that aims to spark innovation in the green building industry. Presenters will describe a virtual competition that leads to on-site sales events across the country. They will explain the ten SDiPro contests and share unique design ideas showcased in award-winning competitions, in order to jump-start your own creative thinking. The purpose of SDiPro is to generate pubic enthusiasm and increase sales of healthy sustainable homes that meet the needs of today’s homebuyers.
Join Melissa and Richard King to learn about:


• How to enter and participate in SDiPro
• Ways to get involved
• Benefits for participating teams

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Webinar Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

Tuesday, January 26 | 1:00 PM Central
Brian Hanson & Bruce Snead

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

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Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

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

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

Tuesday, January 19 | 2:00 PM Central
Bill Warren

 

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.

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