RESNET Conference 2010 – Pre-Conference & Special Sessions

February 22-24, 2010
Hilton North Raleigh Hotel
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609


Pre-Conference & Special Session Types

There are three types of Pre-Conference Sessions in this years conference:

  1. Those that you can attend without pre-registering (REM/RATE & FSEC)
  2. Those that require pre-registration through theRESNET Conference Registration System
    (Environments for Living, Field Trainings, WaterSense® and HERS 101)
  3. Those that require pre-registration through an outside source (NAHB & LEED)

To sign up for RESNET Sessions requiring pre-registration,register for the conference and choose the sessions you want to attend. If you have already signed up for the conference, you will need to log back into the registration system, click on "Edit" beneath the attendee name, and select the sessions you want to attend. You must have the email address you used to sign-up and the password from your confirmation email. If you have forgotten your password you may retrieve ithere.

No Pre-Registration

RESNET Pre-Registration

Outside Pre-Registration


REM/Rate Advanced Users Workshop

Presenter: Rob Salcido, Architectural Energy Corporation
Date & Time: February 21, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. – Noon – Capital Ballroom C
NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

This session is specifically designed for those who have previous experience using Architectural Energy Corporation's REM/Rate home energy rating software. The session will be led by V. Robert Salcido, P.E, a Senior Engineer at AEC who has been involved with development of REM/Rate for over 10 years. The session will cover new features as well as the more obscure features of the software — custom reporting, utility bill disaggregation, batch processing, library management, improvement analysis and more. If you've always had the feeling that you're not using REM/Rate to its full potential, of if you have specific questions about the software, you shouldn't miss this session.

NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.



Florida Solar Energy Center Performance Testing Lab Demonstration

Date: February 21, 2010
Session 1: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 3: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Luncheon Tent
NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

The Florida Solar Energy Center’s Energy Gauge Office uses "instructional tents" to train raters to perform the blower door and duct tests, both total and outside. The tent's versatility allows both envelope and ducts, be varied for testing in a controlled environment. These "instructional tents" also provides > the trainer the tool to test the student's ability to set-up and execute performance tests. These tests are used in Florida to pass the performance tests required by the state. The demonstration will show how the tent is set-up and utilized for training and testing.

NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.



Field Training: Hands-on Expert Training on Blower Door and Duct Leakage Testing and Infrared Scanning

Presenters: Gary Nelson & Bret Monroe
Day & Time: Sunday February 21st – 8 am until Noon

A unique opportunity to learn from Gary Nelson of The Energy Conservatory and Brett Monroe of Monroe Infrared Technology the experts. This performance testing in-field training session will demonstrate and discuss field techniques for using diagnostic tools for evaluating the thermal performance of buildings. Using a blower door and IR camera to distinguish among insulation, air leakage, and moisture problems will be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions and topics they would like to see addressed. There will be transportation from the conference hotel to the home.

Pre-registration is required through RESNET. Registration for this event is limited to ten participants and is first-come-first-served. So register early. You need to arrive at the conference registration desk at 7:45 am for transportation to the site.


Field Training: Combustion Safety Testing – A Raters Perspective

Day & Time: Sunday February 21st – 1 pm until 5 pm

Come out into the field with one of NC’s own raters who is also now a BPI Trainer/Proctor to see what all the fuss is about with combustion safety. This half day training will involve a 2 hour presentation on combustion safety and then a 2 hour demonstration of how combustion safety testing is performed. Elements to be discussed include BPI’s Building Airflow Standard (their building tightness limit protocol), Carbon Monoxide Testing, Gas Leak Detection, Spillage Testing, Draft Testing, and Worst Case Depressurization scenarios. This class is by no means a comprehensive training but more of an overview of combustion safety and how it relates to raters. BPE, who has been a Rating organization as well as a Provider for several years understands how these two markets (new and existing) correlate and how raters should prepare to be successful in both.

Pre-registration is required through RESNET. Registration for this event is limited to ten participants and is first-come-first-served. So register early.


WaterSense® New Homes Certification Provider Training

Presenter: Kimberly Wagoner
Day & Time: Sunday February 21st – 1 pm until 5 pm
Pre-registration is required through RESNET.

WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has recently released its Single-Family New Home Specification. To earn the WaterSense label, builders must have their homes inspected and certified to meet EPA’s specification criteria by an EPA licensed certification provider. Are you interested in learning more about EPA’s WaterSense new homes specification and how you can become licensed to certify and label new homes for the WaterSense program? EPA is teaming up with RESNET to provide WaterSense labeled new home inspection and certification training for potential licensed certification providers. This training is a requirement for QA personnel from organizations interested in certifying new homes for the WaterSense program. Have your QA personnel attend this training to learn about the WaterSense new homes program, including the inspection and certification process; satisfy the training requirement, which is the first step in EPA’s approval and licensing process; and find out how simple it is for your organization to add WaterSense new home certification services to your portfolio.

Pre-registration is required through RESNET.


HERS 101

Presenter: Abe Kruger, Kruger Sustainability Group
Day & Time: Sunday February 21st – 1 pm until 5 pm
Pre-registration is required through RESNET.

Many individuals attend the RESNET Conference to determine whether they will enter the rating industry. Many of the sessions offered in past conferences are a bit too high in jargon and assumed knowledge for persons just entering the rating industry. This session will introduce a beginner to the rating industry and provide a context for the other more advanced sessions to be offered at the conference.

Pre-registration is required through RESNET.


Advanced Energy’s Building Science Masters Certification – Environments for Living Track

Building Science Masters Certification Training
Presenter:
John Tooley, Advanced Energy
Day & Time: February 23rd & February 24th – 8:30 am until 5 pm
Pre-registration is required through RESNET.

The two day session will provide training on total home performance and how a systems approach to construction is needed to ensure home performance. The training will address home performance related to air, moisture, and heat flow and their impact on home performance. The training will also cover how the following elements impact home performance: tight construction, improved thermal systems, combustion safety, right sized HVAC, pressure balancing, and fresh air ventilation. Completion of training will result in certification by Advanced Energy in Building Science Masters Certification and also qualify certified home energy raters to participate in the Environments for Living program.

Course covers major areas of Building Science (House as a System, Air Flow, Heat Flow, Moisture Flow, and Indoor Environments.)

Participants will learn how to:

  • Build a tighter structure
  • Improve the thermal boundary
  • Develop a conditioning strategy that works in the applicable climate
  • Understand and implement moisture management
  • Understand indoor environmental quality
  • Achieve water conservation without sacrificing homeowner’s comfort
  • Develop an energy-efficient lighting plan
  • Implement and promote sound control for enhanced quality of living

Course Outline

  • SECTION 1: HOUSE AS A SYSTEM
    • Introduction to House as a System
    • House as a System
    • Psychrometrics Air
    • Tightening Homes
    • HVAC Efficiency
    • Exhaust Flows
    • Low-E Windows
  • SECTION 2: AIR FLOW
    • Introduction to Air Flow
    • Air Flow Mechanics
    • Air Barriers
    • Air Leakage
    • Barrier Details
    • HVAC Bedrock
    • Pressure Balancing
  • SECTION 3: HEAT FLOW
    • Introduction to Heat Flow
    • Heat Flow Mechanics
    • Insulation Details
  • SECTION 4: MOISTURE FLOW
    • Introduction to Moisture Flow
    • Moisture Mechanics
    • Moisture in Materials
    • Managing Liquid
    • Capillarity
    • Air Transported Moisture
    • Wetting from Outdoors
    • Diffusion
  • SECTION 5: INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
    • Introduction to Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Indoor Air Pollutants
    • Pollutant Pathways
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Pollutants from Outside
    • Moisture-Borne Pollutants
    • Combustion By-Products
    • Thermal Comfort
    • Clean Water
    • Noise Pollution

Pre-registration is required through RESNET.  While attendees can attend any specific session, in order to receive the certification you must pre-register and attend all of the sessions.


LEED for Homes Green Rater Training: Two-Day Workshop

Presenters: LEED for Homes Green Rater Faculty
Day & Time: Saturday February 20th & Sunday February 21st – 8 am until 5 pm
Pre-registration is required through USGBC.

If you’re interested in becoming a green rater as part of USGBC’s new LEED for Homes Green Rater program, you must meet initial qualifications and complete a two-part training: this two-day workshop and an online course that must be completed beforehand. Join us for the workshop to build upon the material presented in the online course, further prepare you to rate on LEED for Homes projects, and delve deep into the verification services you will provide. Mandatory Prerequisite: LEED for Homes Green Rater Training Part 1: Self-guided Online Learning Module. You may read further details about the LEED for Homes Green Rater program and training by visiting www.usgbc.org/homes and clicking on the Green Rater Program or here.

Pre-registration is required through USGBC. Interested participants must register for this two-part training. Registered participants will receive access to the self-guided online learning modules in early January.


NAHB National Green Building Certification Program Verifier Training

Presenter: Bob Hill, NAHB Research Center
Day & Time: Sunday February 21st – 8 am until Noon
Pre-registration is required.

Objective:
This is a 4-hour course to train qualified building professionals to become Accredited Green Verifiers for the National Green Certification Program. The course will cover how to verify if a house, multifamily residential building, or a development is eligible to be certified to the NAHB Model Green Building Guidelines and the National Green Building Standard. Pre-registration will be required. Individuals may work for larger organizations, but verifiers are accredited on an individual basis.

Course Overview:

  • Review the National Green Building Certification program
  • Review of documents used to certify homes using the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and the National Green Building Standard
  • Review of how accredited verifiers approve all green features claimed by a builder

Eligibility Pre-Requisites:
To become an accredited verifier, an individual must first meet the eligibility prerequisites in the following categories. Click here for more details.

  • Basic, but mandatory computer skills
  • Residential construction prerequisites
  • Residential green building prerequisites

Test:
Green Verifiers will have to pass a one-hour test at the completion of the training. The test will be available on-line 24/7 to be taken at the participant’s convenience. The fee for the on-line testing is $125 and the fee also covers the first year listing fee.

Accreditation:
To be accredited, once you have passed the test, you must submit required documentation proof of required insurance coverage to the NAHB Research Center to become a listed, accredited verifier. Please see www.nahbgreen.org/Certification/verifierinsurance.aspx for more details.