RESNET Conference 2011 – Agenda & Presentations

Speaker names that are underlined are links to their presentations.

Preconference

Two Day Courses

Saturday & Sunday – February 26-27, 2011 [8:00 AM – 5:00 PM]

Manual-J for HERS Raters (by ACCA EPIC Trainer)

Presenters:
Isaac Savage, Home Energy Partners
Kyle Brown, Home Energy Partners
Grand Ballroom- Salon I

This is a 2-day pre-conference training class, provided by an ACCA EPIC trainer. As a session designed for HERS Raters, this class will cover the basic HVAC design process and detailed coverage of Manual-J. Specific attention will be paid toward proper modeling of envelope tightness, ventilation systems, and advanced wall systems. Students will be able to use Wrightsoft software during the class to complete in-class/homework examples. The attendees will complete the class with the skills needed to properly perform computerized room-by-room Manual-J load calculations.

Cost: $595 (Pre-registration is required)

LEED for Homes Green Rater Training

Presenter: USGBC Faculty
Grand Ballroom- Salon III

As of January 1, 2011, all registered LEED for Homes projects must have a LEED for Homes Green Rater on the verification team and HERS Raters are ideal professionals to conduct the required performance testing and verify the home’s green measures. LEED for Homes Green Raters must meet professional eligibility qualifications, participate in the Green Rater Training, and pass an assessment before verifying LEED for Homes projects. Once in the field, they complete a mentorship before earning their certificate. The result: A strong credible program supported by arguably the most qualified, competent and successful green raters in the industry. Join us for the 2 day workshop portion of the training. Upon (and included) in registration, you will receive access to 5 online learning modules that must be completed before arriving to the workshop portion.

Cost: Early Bird price for employees of USGBC Member companies: $660, Early Bird for non-members: $795

One Day Courses

Sunday February 27, 2011 [8:00 AM – 5:00 PM]

Building Performance Marketing Symposium

Presenters: Wally Conway, Shane Monday, Ken Compton, Sean Zobaa & Dallas Jones, Home Energy Team Institute

Home Energy Team Institute will hold a one day marketing symposium for Auditors, Raters and Contractors with featured marketing experts teaching the nuts and bolts of marketing in the world of building performance to residential property owners. From how to build your home performance team, creating a performance marketing program, where and who to market, to free public relations strategies. Business attire is suggested.

Pre-registration is required.

2009 IECC International Energy Conservation Code Fundamentals

Presenter: Terry A. Collins, Direct Energy

Official ICC International Code Council Curriculum. Developed by the ICC Training and Education Department. Six hour class with the goal that attendees will be able to apply the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code to increase the efficient use of energy in the construction of new buildings and alterations to existing buildings. This seminar provides an overview of critical concepts of the 2009 IECC. These concepts provide a basis for the correct use of the code in the design, plan review, inspection and analysis of projects. It will provide a clear understanding and correct use of the requirements identified by these basic code provisions, tables, and categorizations. Participants will apply the code in clear-cut situations and build their understanding of the intent of the code when asked to make code compliance decisions. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be discussed. The objectives of this course are that participants will be better able to:

  • Locate general topics in the 2009 IECC
  • Locate applicable tables in the 2009 IECC for specific situations
  • Apply code requirements to real-world situations
  • Explain the intent behind code requirements
  • Identify borderline scenarios as compliant or noncompliant
  • Identify essential code components for designing energy-efficient building thermal envelopes, energy-efficient mechanical design principals and electrical power and lighting systems

Attendees will receive a 2009 IECC Code Book and also a 2009 IECC Workbook for use during and after the course. Pre-registration is required.

Half Day Courses

Sunday February 27, 2011 [8:00 AM - Noon]

HERS 101

Presenter: Abe Kruger, Kruger Sustainability Group

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.

Credentialing Retrofit Energy Calculations

Presenter: Greg Thomas, PSD

Session on the process and reasoning and next steps behind the RESNET credentialing of retrofit energy calculation software. Pre-registration is required.

Evaluating Hot Water Distribution System Efficiency

Presenter: Gary Klein, Managing Partner, Affiliated International Management, LLC

The water heater is located in one place. The hot water outlets are located all over the house. Some are close to the water heater. Some are far away. Some are close to each other. Some are all alone. It is relatively straightforward to determine the efficiency of the water heater, but what about the hot water distribution system? Can the performance of the existing hot water distribution system be improved without major re-piping? If so, what are the best techniques to do this? In new construction what are the most water, energy and time efficient ways to install a hot water distribution system for a given floor plan?

This session will explore the answers to these questions using two different teaching techniques. For existing buildings, we will have the participants evaluate hot water distribution systems based on the time-to-tap and volume-to-hot to different hot water outlets for “cold start” and “hot start” (the trunk line to what is likely to be the furthest fixture from the water heater is primed with hot water) For new construction we will evaluate hit water distribution systems by laying out the plumbing for a typical building on the floor of the classroom. The floor plan is laid out in advance using tape to identify the plumbing locations. The layout is done full scale so that people can get a good feel for the actual lengths, volumes and times involved for each plumbing layout. Tape of different widths is used to represent the diameters of pipe needed for the installation. Volunteers from the audience are asked to help with the various aspects of the class. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sunday February 27, 2011 [1:00 PM – 5:00 PM]

REM/Rate Training

Presenters:
Robert Salcido, Architectural Energy Corporation
Brian Christensen, Architectural Energy Corporation

This session will teach basic and advanced features of the REM/Rate software. Data input, reporting, analysis, exporting, importing as well as little known features will be covered.

Pre-registration is required.

Using Infrared Thermography ALL Year

Presenter: John Snell & Matt Schwoegler, The Snell Group

Too many of us think of thermal imaging as useful only during the winter. Even people who have imaging systems tend to leave them on the shelf in the summer and the fall and spring “swing seasons.” This presentation will discuss in detail what you need to do to get good results all year long AND when you might get in trouble trying. There is a limit of 30 students for this course

Cost: $50 (Pre-registration is required)

Evaluating the Performance of Drain Water Heat Recovery

Presenters:
Gary Klein, Managing Partner, Affiliated International Management, LLC;
Vertical product manufacturer: Gerald Van Decker, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. President and CEO, RenewABILITY Energy Inc.
Horizontal Product Manufacturer: David Velan, Ecodrain

Capturing waste heat from hot water before it leaves the building is one important way to improve the performance and efficiency of a hot water system. Drain water heat recovery systems have been available for several years and the technology now includes both vertical and (almost) horizontal products.

This session will explore the current state of the technology including the efficiency in different configurations, show examples of the best applications, and discuss how to incorporate drain water heat recovery systems into energy ratings. Pre-registration is required

WaterSense Provider Training

Presenter: Matt Stevens, Green Zone Homes

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. *Please note this session is only for individuals that want to become WaterSense Providers. An informational session on the WaterSense Program will be offered as a core conference breakout session.

Cost: $150 (Pre-registration is required)

Committee and Board Meetings

Saturday February 26, 2011

RESNET Quality Assurance and Ethics Committee

9:00 AM – Noon – Hibiscus
Open to Public

RESNET Technical Committee

1:00 – 4:00 PM – Hibiscus
Open to Public

Sunday February 27, 2011

RESNET Training and Education Committee

9:00 AM – Noon – Hibiscus
Open to Public

RESNET Board Meeting

2:00 – 5:00 PM – Crystal
Open to Public

Monday, February 28, 2011

General Session

Conference Registration

7:00 AM – Grand Ballroom Foyer

Continental Breakfast – Exhibits Open

7:30 – 8:30 AM – International Ballroom

Opening General Session

8:30 AM – Noon – Grand Ballroom

Welcome to RESNET Conference

RESNET Board President

Welcome to Florida

James Fenton, Florida Solar Energy Center

RESNET Update

Steve Baden, RESNET Executive Director

Building Performance in Europe

Eduardo Maldonado, EU EPBD Concerted Action

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)

Wes Davis, Director of the Quality Assured Program for ACCA

Insulation Contractor Association of America (ICAA)

Michael Kwart, Executive Director ICAA

Leading Builders of America

Ken Gear, Executive Director Leading Builders of America

LEED for Homes

Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development, USGBC

The Role of Building Performance: International Perspective

Jens Lausten, International Energy Agency

RESNET Leadership Awards

RESNET Board President

ENERGY STAR Awards Presentation

Sam Rashkin, ENERGY STAR Homes, Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor airPLUS Award Presentation

Eric Werling, Indoor airPLUS, Environmental Protection Agency

Session 1 [1:30 PM – 3:00 PM]

ENERGY STAR Version 3 from a Raters Perspective

Presenter:

Robby Schwarz, EnergyLogic Grand Ballroom- Salon I

If you have not started getting the word out you are behind the eight ball. Energy Star version 3 is a giant step forward yet a step backward. Just like when the Thermal Bypass Checklist was introduced, we will need to slow down and train. Will many Builders leave the program and will many Rating businesses follow suit? Don’t throw out the dish water just yet. Energy Star Version 3 really is an incremental change not a bomb shell.

Start a New Day with LEED for Homes

Presenters:

Jennifer Owens, USGBC Residential Market Development

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Green and energy certification programs have spurred industry and leaders all across the country. They have raised the bar on how we build and renovated homes today, and continue to have a greater and greater presence in the market place. With nearly 27,000 registrations and over 7,400 certified homes, the LEED for Homes program is booming with opportunity. Each home requires third-party onsite verification and HERS Raters are ideal professionals to conduct the required performance testing and verify the home’s green measures. Join us for the who, what and how of the LEED for Homes Green Rater Program.

The Profitable Provider

Presenter:

Brett Dillon, IBS Advisors

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

Designing a profitable business system can be
difficult, but there are some principles that can guide
you to the path of profitability. This session will
provide those principles, using proven techniques to
project and measure profitability in a Provider business

The End of the One-Week Training

Presenter:

Ethan MacCormick, PSD

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

The home performance/energy rating industry has
matured past the point where week-long entry level
trainings are practical or desirable. Increased
standards and expectations have driven the need for
mentoring programs, online self-paced study, and
integration of building science in semester length
college/vo-tech programs. Performance Systems Academy
has recognized the inherent limitations in the “old way”
of training, and has begun to use licensing, the
internet, mentoring, and alternative schedules to
deliver training that improves student comprehension and
long term performance. “Drinking from a fire hose” is no
longer the only or best way to join the building
performance world.

RESNET New EnergySmart Contractor Guidelines

Presenters:

Orlo Stitt, Stitt Energy Systems

Dallas Jones, Home Energy Team Institute

Wes Davis, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

RESNET has adopted new guidelines for the designation
of RESNET EnergySmart Contractors. The guidelines
require that EnergySmart Contractors must be teamed with
Comprehensive Energy Home Energy Raters and Building
Performance Auditors. The provisions also create
EnergySmart Comprehensive Energy Retrofit Teams. These
teams must involve a energy rater, a qualified HVAC
contractor and a qualified insulator/air sealer. This
session will explain the new guidelines and explore the
opportunities presented for raters.

Labeling the Energy Performance of Buildings: An
International Perspective

Presenter:

Jens Lausten, International Energy Agency

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

Providing consumers information on the energy
performance of the buildings they will occupy is
increasingly seen as an effective method to create a a
value for high performance in the market place. The
International Energy Agency recently published a study
on the more successful efforts across the world. The
study featured RESNET and ENERGY STAR as voluntary
programs that have been successful in the U.S. This
session will explore how the labeling of energy
performance is working internationally.

Comprehensive Retrofits – Combustion Safety: Do No
Harm

Presenter:

Joe Kuonen, CLEAResult Consulting, Inc.

Crystal

Effective insulation and air sealing treatments can make a huge difference in the tightness of a home. In
some cases, well-intentioned work can cause undesirable and dangerous consequences. Understand the conditions
that contribute to backdrafting, spillage, or carbon monoxide production. Find out how to recognize visual
indicators of combustion problems. Learn how integrating combustion safety testing can lower your liability and
increase your profit.

Hands-on Demonstration of Air Sealing Products

Presenter:

Chunlin Cao, The Dow Chemical Company

Scott Cummings, The Dow Chemical Company

Magnolia

Mock rim joists and windows with STYROFOAM Extruded Polystyrene insulation sheathing, STYROFOAM SIS
Structural Insulated Sheathing and OSB sheathing are to be built so participates can use GREAT STUFF, GREAT
STUFF PRO gun foams to fill gaps and cracks on the sheathing surface. The mock joists and windows should
replicate the type of cavity fill one would have in actual residential constructions. Attendees have the
opportunity to put a “”Gun In Hand”" and shoot foam into the window cavity and air seal a rim joist. Participants
will experience first hand that gun foam is different than straw foam, and that GREAT STUFF PRO can be
controlled as easily as caulk products for air sealing applications.

Session 2 [3:30 PM – 5:00 PM]

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: Version 3 Myths vs.
Reality

Presenters:

Sam Rashkin, US Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY
STAR for Homes

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

With fifteen years under our belt, over 1 million qualified homes, and more than 10,000 partners across the nation, there couldn’t possibly be any misunderstandings out there about the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes, could there? How about these myths: ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes no longer require a HERS rating; Passive solar homes must use low SHGC windows; HERS raters are not allowed to size equipment and ducts; It’s extremely difficult for large homes to meet new Version 3 requirements; Water management improvements do not contribute to energy efficient performance; and the list goes on. The ENERGY STAR for Homes team would like to spend a little time debunking these and other the common misconceptions about the program. Join the entire staff of the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes team for a lively question and answer session on all things ENERGY STAR for Homes, with a special focus on the new Version 3 guidelines.

The New Look of DOE’s Builders Challenge – 2012

Program Update

Presenters:

David Lee, US DOE

Jamie Lyons, Builders Challenge Representative

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

U.S. DOE’s Builders Challenge has been a powerful market recognition tool for home builders and energy raters since its inception in 2008. The program combines advanced energy efficiency and quality criteria for comfort, durability, and IAQ along with the EnergySmart Home Scale(TM) to help consumers easily understand and compare a home’s energy performance.

As the housing industry landscape continues to change – such as energy code updates and new building research – the Builders Challenge will evolve as well. The program’s objective will remain clear: to provide market recognition for the top performing homes in the country, but the specific program requirements will change in 2012. This session will discuss the draft revisions to the 2012 Builders Challenge, including its relationship to ENERGY STAR Homes V3 and the stringency of the updated energy requirements. Attendees will also have the opportunity to comment on the draft provisions before they are finalized in Spring 2011.

COMNET Commercial Buildings Energy Modeling
Guidelines and Procedures

Presenter:

Charles Eley, Architectural Energy Corporation

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

The COMNET Commercial Buildings Energy Modeling
Guidelines and Procedures (MGP) provide standard rules
that can be implemented in existing energy modeling
software programs. The MGP manual is COMNET’s initial
product and may now be referenced by vendors and other
rating organizations. As a result of a public comment
and review process, it is the first national consensus
guideline for the commercial building energy rating
processes. It is intended for use in qualifying for
federal tax deductions, green building ratings and
energy labels. The MGP provides simple rules and
procedures for calculating predicted energy use of a
building based on the building’s physical
characteristics under standard conditions. COMNET
compliant software will automatically generate a
hypothetical standard reference building thus
simplifying comparison to this baseline building. The
use of standard conditions for occupancy, schedules,
climate, and environment enable the calculation of a
standard “asset rating.” The presentation will discuss
COMNET’s calculation rules for both the subject building
and the reference building, input restrictions, and
baseline definitions for a comprehensive list of
building features and parameters.

Economically Scalable Model for Retrofitting America’s Homes. From Home Star to Forward Capacity<

Presenters:

Jared Asch, Efficiency First

Matt Golden, Recurve

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

Despite broad political support Congress has not
passed the Home Star program. This session will explore
its chances in passing in the next session of Congress
and what the building performance industry can do.

I Wanna Know the Code: Learn the IECC 2009!

Presenter:

Mike Barcik, Southface

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

Energy Codes are getting lots of attention. Thanks to
ARRA funding every state has agreed to adopt and enforce
the 2009 IECC and demonstrate 90% compliance. Don’t get
caught behind the times – Come and learn the important
provisions of the latest energy code, including the
crucial role played by Raters in terms of verification.

Participants in this session will learn

• the mandatory requirements (e.g., air sealing, duct
insulation)

• the three pathways to demonstrate compliance (a Rater
can perform all three)

• the common ways that homes fail compliance and what to
look out for

The session will conclude with a review of financial
opportunities for raters (inspections, compliance,
testing and verification) and an overview of the tools
and checklists available to help demonstrate compliance.

Update on Status of European Union’s Energy
Performance of Buildings Directive

Presenter:

Eduardo Maldonado, EU EPBD Concerted Action

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

Through the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
(EPBD) the European Union (EU) requires that all
buildings be rated at the time of sale or change of
occupancy. The EPBD also mandates bringing buildings up
to the energy code when major renovations are made to
the building. The EPBD is being coordinated by the
Concerted Action which is composed of representatives of
all of the EU member nations. RESNET has been in a
dialog with the EPBD Concerted Action with the goal of
harmonizing rating protocols in the US and EU. This
session will review the progress of the EU’s EPBD and
learn of the updates to the initiative.

Comprehensive Retrofits – What Your HVAC Contractor
Needs You to Know Before You Call

Presenters:

Joe Kuonen, CLEAResult Consulting, Inc.

Wes Davis, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Crystal

Get to know the HVAC system and opportunities for
improvement. This knowledge will help optimize the HVAC
contractors time when you do. Some design and
installation considerations can lower equipment
efficiency and capacity, lower air filter efficacy, kill
compressors, and create a chain for negative IAQ events.
How do you recognize a big opportunity for improving
system efficiency?

Method to Diagnose Window Failures and Measure
U-Values on Site

Presenters:

Kapil Varshney, Taitem Engineering, PC

Javier Rosa, Taitem Engineering, PC

Ian Shapiro, Taitem Engineering, PC

Dogwood/Camellia

Window U-value information is critical to calculate
overall energy load for a residential or commercial
building. However, U-values of windows are difficult to
obtain at sites because most of the time, NFRC (National
Fenestration Rating Council) rated stickers on windows
are taken off after installation. Further, it is almost
impossible to detect any of a variety of window
failures, such as the loss of insulating gases, leaky or
cracked storm windows, and localized air leakage. A
novel method to calculate window U-value by measuring
three temperatures using an infrared (IR) thermometer is
presented. Experimental and field tests on several
full-scale window systems/types have been performed to
obtain U-values. Results show that the U-values
calculated using IR thermometers match well with the
rated U-values of the windows. Several storm windows
together with single or double pane windows were tested
and the combined U-values of units were calculated.
Finally, argon from a double pane window was removed
deliberately and results confirmed the leakage using the
proposed method.

RESNET Quality Assurance Designee Roundtable

Presenters:

Steve Baden, RESNET

Clinton Heyn, RESNET

Kathy Spigarelli, RESNET

Hibiscus/Iris

RESNET standards require that all Quality Assurance
Designees must participate in a two hour RESNET Quality
Assurance Designee Roundtable. This session will meet
this requirement. The roundtable will provide an update
to Quality Assurance Designees and provide an
opportunity to provide feedback to RESNET.

Now for the Exciting Part: An On-site Tour of a
LEED-certified Home (3:30-5:30)

USGBC

*Pre-registration is required for this tour through
the conference registration system

The tour is full email jlowens@usgbc.org to be placed on
the waiting list.

Join us for a tour of a nearby LEED-certified Home!
We’ll ask the team of professionals who worked on the
LEED project to highlight the project’s successes and
lessons learned from both the project team and the
verification team’s perspective. They’ll also discuss
how the two teams worked together to bring the project
to fruition.

RESNET Reception

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – International Ballroom

RESNET Sampling Protocol Group Discussion

Moderator:

Daran Wastchak

6:30 – 9:00 PM – Grand Ballroom- Salon I

Chapter 6 on Sampling went into effect (January 1,
2008) and now that the QA Changes are completed the
sampling standards need to be amended. This group
discussion will be the launching point for a formal
round of changes to Chapter 6 that will be completed in
2011.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Session 3 [8:30 AM – 10:00 AM]

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: Multi-Family is Ready
for Prime Time

Presenters:

Sam Rashkin, US Environmental Protection Agency,
ENERGY STAR for Homes Team

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

EPA is expanding ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes to mid-
and high-rise multifamily buildings. This session will
outline program protocols and support provided by EPA,
including an overview of modeling and testing and
verification procedures specific to the multifamily
building sector. Since the pilot for this program began,
ENERGY STAR has labeled 10 building projects. Each of
the buildings in these projects is designed to perform
at least 20% better than ASHRAE 90-1 (2004). This
includes completed buildings in New York, Oregon,
Georgia, New Jersey, and projects in the development
phase in California, Colorado and Wisconsin. The session
will highlight building case studies from the pilot
along with lessons learned implementing the program
around the country.

RESNET HERS Index and Large Production Homebuilders

Presenters:

Jacob Atalla, KB Homes

CR Herro, Meritage Homes

David Kaiserman, Lennar Homes

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Large production homebuilders are increasingly seeing
a home energy rating as an opportunity to market their
homes energy efficiency. This session will feature
representatives of three of the largest homebuilders in
the U.S. to explore their plans to have their homes
energy rated and the market implications of a home
energy rating.

What Clients Want: How to Find It, How to get Paid
for It

Presenter:

Brett Dillon, IBS Advisors

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

Are you struggling with trying to figure out what
clients want and how you can meet their needs? Taking a
real world approach, we will reveal our process for
determining what clients want and how we can meet their
needs, establishing value for our services for which
they are willing to pay.

Find Out What the New Retrofit Guidelines Mean to You

Presenters:

John Tooley, Advanced Energy

Benjamin Goldstein, U.S. DOE

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

DOE, NREL, and several other groups have worked
tirelessly to develop new national retrofit guidelines.
Learn from those that worked on the project what these
guidelines mean to you, how you should use them, and how
they will help you improve your work. Learn about the
plans for implementation, training, and monitoring. A
fantastic opportunity to learn about these national
guidelines from those that created them!

RESNET Quality Assurance – Lessons Learned from 2010,
Looking forward to 2011 (Part One)

Presenters:

Daran Wastchak, D.R. Wastchak

Clinton Heyn, RESNET

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

RESNET’s new Chapter 9 devoted to Quality Assurance
has created many new requirements and responsibilities
for Raters, Rating Providers and RESNET. Get an overview
of these new items, how they impact you as a Rater or
Provider, and lessons learned from RESNET’s
implementation of the new requirements in 2010 and plans
for 2011. This session will provide lots of information
but also provide lots of opportunity for questions and
answers for the audience. (this will be back to back
sessions)

BIBS vs. BOBS

Presenters:

Dan Stoner, Brand Manager, Blow In Blanket

Kristin Bennett, Executive Director, BIBCA

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

The Blow In Blanket System® (BIBS) is the original,
high-performance wall and ceiling insulation system.
Because of it’s high-density and custom-fitting
qualities, BIBS® minimizes air infiltration, reduces
heat and sound transmission and prevents settling.
Introduced in 1983, BIBS® has been installed in over 2
million homes in North America in conjunction with our
fiber-manufacturer partners (Certainteed, Johns Manville
and Knauf). As with all insulation products, the key to
a good job is a professional installation. A network of
over 500 trained and certified BIBS® dealers install the
system, providing a quality, energy-efficient product at
a moderate price. BIBCA (The Blow in Blanket Contractors
Association) is the nonprofit partner of BIBS®; made up
of quality-committed insulation professionals from
across the US and Canada.

In the presentation, you will learn the difference
between true BIBS® and the many imitation systems that
have cropped up in recent years. RESNET raters should
know the characteristics of a proper BIBS® installation,
and understand how & why untested systems often come-up
short.

Comprehensive Retrofits – Mass Retrofit of the
Retrofit Market

Presenters:

Jared Asch, Efficiency First (moderator)

Steve Baden, RESNET

Wes Davis, ACCA

Amy Fazio, ACI

Ely Jacobsohn, DOE

Iain Walker, LBNL

Larry Zarker, BPI

Crystal

Achieving mass market understanding and buy in of
existing whole house retrofits has not been an easy road
and many of our efforts have been met with mixed results
and failures. How can we as an industry collaborate to
build our own value proposition and transform this
market ourselves? With a firm understanding of past
efforts, comprehensive research, and attainable goals,
we will move our work into mainstream understanding. Let
us begin the discussion. Information discussed will lay
the framework for the ACI Industry Summit that will be
held March 28 – 29 in San Francisco.

National Residential Efficiency Measures Database

Presenter:

Dave Roberts, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dogwood/Camellia

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is
developing the National Residential Efficiency Measures
Database on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. The
purpose of this project is to provide a national unified
database of residential building retrofit measures and
associated costs. These data will be accessible to
software programs that evaluate cost-effective retrofit
measures to improve the energy efficiency of residential
buildings. This publicly accessible, centralized
database of retrofit measures offers the following
benefits:

• Provides information in a standardized format

• Improves the technical consistency and accuracy of the
results of software programs

• Supports building science R&D

• Enhances transparency

Dave Roberts from NREL will provide an overview of the
measures database project, progress to date, and planned
enhancements for the future.

Conditioned Floor Area:
Where Are We Now and Where
Are We Going?

Presenter:

Bruce Harley, Conservation Services Group

Hibiscus/Iris

In December, the RESNET board passed an
interpretation on the meaning and use of “conditioned
floor area”. This session will explore the following:

• The background and rationale of the interpretation

• How to make sure you are correctly using the
interpretation in your ratings

• How this impacts the HERS index, Energy Star ratings,
and the Size Adjustment Factor

• Discussion on what the next steps will be to amend and
formalize definitions in the RESNET standard

Hands-on Demonstration of Air Sealing Products

Presenter:

Chunlin Cao, The Dow Chemical Company

Scott Cummings, The Dow Chemical Company

Magnolia

Mock rim joists and windows with STYROFOAM Extruded
Polystyrene insulation sheathing, STYROFOAM SIS
Structural Insulated Sheathing and OSB sheathing are to
be built so participates can use GREAT STUFF, GREAT
STUFF PRO gun foams to fill gaps and cracks on the
sheathing surface. The mock joists and windows should
replicate the type of cavity fill one would have in
actual residential constructions. Attendees have the
opportunity to put a “”Gun In Hand”" and shoot foam into
the window cavity and air seal a rim joist. Participants
will experience first hand that gun foam is different
than straw foam, and that GREAT STUFF PRO can be
controlled as easily as caulk products for air sealing
applications.

Session 4 [10:30 AM – Noon]

ENERGY STAR Concept Home: The Road to Net Zero Homes

Presenter:

Sam Rashkin, US Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY
STAR for Homes

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

EPA is introducing a new label for leading edge
builders called the ENERGY STAR Concept Home.
Effectively this label defines a net-zero-ready home.
This is achieved by ensuring a longer-term 100-year
building life is used as the basis for selecting
improvements to the thermal enclosure, HVAC system, and
water protection system. Then critical measures are
included to minimize the risk of indoor air quality
problems and maximize water conservation inside the
home. EPA will also be encouraging builders to apply
practical design solutions that minimize size and
maximize control of incident solar gain. Lastly, full
consideration will be given to technologies and
practices that address occupant behavior. Only after all
these innovations have been fully integrated are homes
truly ready for renewable power systems. Learn about
this thoughtful approach to net-zero-ready homes and how
EPA anticipates it will serve as the proving ground for
the next generation ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes
specifications (Version 4).

DOE Weatherization and You

Presenters:

Steve Byers, EnergyLogic

Kam Jaspal, EnergyLogic

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

What role can/does the Energy Rater play in working
with DOE’s low-income weatherization programs.
EnergyLogic has an innovative partnership with Veterans
Green Jobs in servicing the largest weatherization
agency in Colorado. This session will explore that
journey and specifically discuss what Energy Raters can
bring to the weatherization table and what perhaps
doesn’t work

Overview of Chapter Eight of the RESNET Standards

Presenters:

Brett Dillon, IBS Advisors

Iain Walker, LBL

Gary Nelson, The Energy Conservatory

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

RESNET has developed a new standard that includes
performance testing of homes. The standards address
envelope leakage, duct leakage, IR Scanning and
Combustion Appliance Safety testing. This session will
introduce the new standards.

Home Energy Score

Presenter:

Joan Glickman, U.S. Department of Energy

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Home
Energy Score on November 9, 2010. This program focuses
on existing homes and helps implement key
recommendations of the Vice President’s Middle Class
Task Force, as outlined in the report Recovery Though
Retrofit. The Home Energy Score allows a homeowner to
compare her or his home’s energy consumption to that of
other homes, similar to a vehicle’s mile-per-gallon
rating. This strategy is intended to support and
compliment existing residential energy efficiency
programs across the country. Home Energy Score is being
piloted in 10 regions until summer 2011. This session
will inform RESNET participants about the Home Energy
Score program design and pilots, and give them an
opportunity to ask questions directly to DOE staff, and
to discuss other market challenges to scaling energy
efficiency improvements. www.homeenergyscore.gov

RESNET Quality Assurance – Lessons Learned from 2010,
Looking forward to 2011 (Part Two)

Presenters:

Daran Wastchak, D.R. Wastchak

Clinton Heyn, RESNET

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

RESNET’s new Chapter 9 devoted to Quality Assurance
has created many new requirements and responsibilities
for Raters, Rating Providers and RESNET. Get an overview
of these new items, how they impact you as a Rater or
Provider, and lessons learned from RESNET’s
implementation of the new requirements in 2010 and plans
for 2011. This session will provide lots of information
but also provide lots of opportunity for questions and
answers for the audience. (this will be back to back
sessions)

Set Yourself Apart: Get Green Certified to the
National Green Building Standard

Presenters:

Michelle Desiderio, Director of Green Building Programs,
NAHB Research Center

Jamie Hager, Southern Energy Management

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

Find out how certification to the National Green
Building Standard™ can help you successfully build and
market green homes. As the first national green building
standard approved by ANSI, this rating system is the
setting the national definition of green for residential
builders and developers. Come hear from a local builder
and accredited verifier how the National Green Building
Certification Program worked for them. This program will
walk you through the basic steps involved in having a
new home, multifamily building, remodeling/renovation
project, and/or land development certified by the NAHB
Research Center. Learn from the best (and worst)
practices accredited verifiers have seen in the field,
and get some insight as to what verifiers are really
looking for during their inspections. Get all the
information you need to get your next project Green
Certified to the Standard and set yourself apart from
the competition.

Attendees will come out of this program understanding:

• how to use the improved online green scoring tool AND
new Excel-based NGBS Scoring for New Construction
spreadsheet

• tips of the trade (the good, bad, and ugly) from
accredited green verifiers

• marketing ideas from those who’ve already had
construction projects certified to the national program

Comprehensive Retrofits – How to Make the Phone Ring
& Your Bottom Line Sing

Presenter:

Mike Gorman, TechKnowledge

Crystal

Explore strategies and concepts for marketing whole
house services that successful contractors have used and
why they work. Understand which techniques will enable
you to win the job and start getting paid sooner.
Uncover what information the homeowner needs to make
decisions and how and when to present this information
to facilitate a sale quickly and with confidence.

Innovation in Training

Presenters:

Doug Donovan, Interplay Energy

Anthony Cox, Community Housing Partners and the New
River Center for Energy Research and Training.

Matt Thornberry, EnergyLogic

Dogwood/Camellia

This will be a learning session on the innovation of
new training tools for building science and energy
auditing. From online learning to learning management
systems to simulation training, pedagogy methods are
evolving. The session will answer the questions: How can
technology solve pain issues for training companies? How
can innovative training help audit and contracting
companies? How can technology address bottleneck issues
in industry development? What types of continuing
professional education is most effective and efficient?

Session 5 [1:30 – 3:00 PM]

“Designed To Earn The ENERGY STAR” – How Raters Can
Work With Architects and Builders To Ensure Success

Presenters:

Matthew Vande, S Squared Design Studio, PLLC

Amy Musser, PhD., PE, VandeMusser Design, PLLC

Rick Gazica, ICF International

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

It used to be that a builder, architect, or designer
could contact a HERS rater after construction has
already started to begin the process of certifying a
house for Energy Star. With the introduction of Energy
Star 3.0, it has become more difficult for this to be
possible – especially with larger homes. It is no longer
easy or straightforward to look at a custom home design
and have confidence that it can meet the Energy Star
label. It has become crucial for HERS raters to be
involved as early as possible in the design process to
ensure that a home can be certified when all is said and
done, and to avoid unmet expectations on the part of
builders and homeowners. Home plans qualifying for the
Designed to Earn label must now include details and
specifications needed to ensure compliance with new
Version 3 guidelines. This is achieved by incorporating
new thermal enclosure, HVAC, and water management system
measures. This session will outline the process of
working with designers using the “Designed for Energy
Star” program, and will discuss successes that our firms
have had utilizing this system. Included in the
presentation will be examples of thermal bypass details,
architectural specifications, projected HERS index, and
photos of completed homes.

Using Social Media to Promote Your Business

Presenter:

Mitch Levinson, mRELEVANCE, LLC

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn,
Twitter and blogs can set you ahead of your competitors,
and capture the attention of your customers. Learn how
to use these tools to promote your business and build
relationships with customers. Discover which key words
will increase traffic to your site. Observe the Indoor
airPLUS Facebook “expert of the week”, a real life
example of keeping the Program fresh.

By attending this session, participants will

1. Understand how to use social media tools to increase
your exposure at no cost.

2. Receive information on different types of social
media and which works best for your business.

3. Review actual examples of social media and realize
their substantial influence in the marketplace.

The New RESNET National Energy Audit Standards

Presenters:

Brett Dillon, IBS Advisors

Dallas Jones, Home Energy Team Institute

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

This session will be an overview of the newly adopted
RESNET National Energy Audit Standard. It will center on
the new designations of Comprehensive Home Energy Rater
and Building Performance Auditor.

Diagnostic Reasoning into the 21st Century

Presenter:

John Tooley, Advanced Energy

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

Come learn how to accelerate “diagnostic reasoning”
from John Tooley. Use viral learning and experience to
boost education using simulated field experience and
diagnostic mapping to more quickly and efficiently
evaluate needs and opportunities in a home. Learn how to
create a practical tool to map out diagnostic issues and
solutions, and eliminate paper. This new diagnostic
reasoning uses interdependence, interaction and sequence
to update, and simply the diagnostic learning process.

EnergySmart Synergies, Forging Partnerships Between
RESNET Raters, Auditors and the Contracting World

Presenter:

Daran Wastchak, D.R. Wastchak, LLC

Mark Cannella, Pro Energy Consultants

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

RESNET’s new EnergySmart contractor program is
opening a host of new opportunities for RESNET certified
Auditors and Raters to align themselves with likeminded
contractors who are versed in the language and skills
that are unique and particular to the home energy
retrofit market. With an ever growing demand for both
energy efficiency diagnostic and retrofit/repair work
for existing homes, the “Teams” approach created by the
EnergySmart program will help create an extremely
efficient and well coordinated offering of these
services to homeowners. Learn how an national auditing
franchise organization is taking advantage of
EnergySmart and why they believe it is smart for their
business, their bottom line, and, ultimately, their
homeowner clients.

Comprehensive Retofits – Close the Deal at the
Kitchen Table

Presenter:

Mike Gorman, TechKnowledge

Crystal

What do consumers expect before you arrive? Are they
defensive or wary of the “sales schmooze?” You can
diagnose the place to pieces, but if no one wants you to
fix anything, nothing gets fixed and you don’t make a
dime. How do you … Use interviewing techniques and
diagnostic discovery to motivate the customer and
develop their desire to have their home perform? Build a
trusting relationship before the work begins? Maximize
your ability to communicate the technical side of
diagnostics to the customer without glazing them over or
boring them? Communicate confidence in your conclusions
and recommendations, gain trust and close the deal at
the kitchen table.

The Evolution of HERS Rater Training -Setting the
Next Generation of HERS Raters on the Path to Success

Presenters:

Scott Doyle, EnergyLogic

Allison Bailes III, Energy Vanguard

Matt Thornberry, EnergyLogic

Dogwood/Camellia

The Home Energy Rating Industry is a relatively young
and fast-growing industry. As such, quality HERS
training is crucial to the industry’s continued success.
As an industry, we should be asking, “Are we doing all
we can to ensure that the next generation of raters is
prepared?” “Is the current popular 5 day format the only
thing the market will bear?” As anyone who has taught a
HERS rater class knows, trying to cram everything a new
rater needs to know into a 5 day course is a significant
challenge. We try to make sure everyone has the
necessary math skills, understands construction
terminology and building science, can operate a Blower
Door and Duct Blaster, knows the HERS Standards, can
complete two home energy ratings, and pass the national
rater test – all in 5 days. Because most trainers don’t
screen, essentially anyone can come to the class. More
students than ever before are entering HERS courses from
outside the construction trades, making the challenge
even greater. In this session we’ll explore some ways to
ensure a higher success rate in HERS training classes,
including online modules that students must complete
before showing up to the class, extended classes (8 days
instead of 5), and multiple opportunities to pass the
national rater test during the class. The amount of
material we require raters to know has grown, and we
offer some ideas here to help HERS training classes
expand and evolve to meet the demand.

Hands-on Demonstration of Air Sealing Products

Presenter:

Chunlin Cao, The Dow Chemical Company

Scott Cummings, The Dow Chemical Company

Magnolia

Mock rim joists and windows with STYROFOAM Extruded
Polystyrene insulation sheathing, STYROFOAM SIS
Structural Insulated Sheathing and OSB sheathing are to
be built so participates can use GREAT STUFF, GREAT
STUFF PRO gun foams to fill gaps and cracks on the
sheathing surface. The mock joists and windows should
replicate the type of cavity fill one would have in
actual residential constructions. Attendees have the
opportunity to put a “”Gun In Hand”" and shoot foam into
the window cavity and air seal a rim joist. Participants
will experience first hand that gun foam is different
than straw foam, and that GREAT STUFF PRO can be
controlled as easily as caulk products for air sealing
applications.

Session 6 [3:30 – 5:00 PM]

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: HVAC Quality
Installation, A Concept Whose Time Has Arrived

Presenters:

Wes Davis, ACCA

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

With the ENERGY STAR Version 3 Guidelines, EPA will
be requiring that HVAC systems in qualified homes be
installed by a properly-trained contractor, who has
demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to
provide Quality Installation services to builders. In
addition, the Version 3 guidelines will require raters
to be more engaged with HVAC contractors and validate
key elements of the Quality Installation requirements.
Join this session to learn about how ACCA is preparing
their contractors for the role that they will play in
ENERGY STAR qualified home and how raters and HVAC
contractors can work together to ensure that HVAC
systems are properly designed and installed to meet
Version 3 requirements.

WaterSense Labeled New Homes: New Opportunities for
Raters and Building Science Professionals

Presenter:

Jonah Schein, New Homes WaterSense Program, U.S. EPA

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Water-efficiency is an integral but often overlooked
part of green building. Although water is relatively
inexpensive, the cost to repair our nation’s aging water
infrastructure, coupled with recent droughts in
unexpected regions such as the Southeast, have made
water efficiency the next big environmental challenge.
Just as saving energy was the hot green building issue
of the past decade, water efficiency is becoming the
newest concern for environmentally conscious home
buyers. Building professionals, providers, and raters
that are quick to add water-efficiency to their
offerings will be well positioned to capitalize on this
latest trend in green building. When the US EPA’s
WaterSense program released its final specification for
single family new homes in December 2009, it was the
first time home buyers could easily identify new homes
that offer all of the comfort and amenities of a
traditional home, but use less water. In the first year
of the program, companies ranging from small custom
builders to large national production builders have
partnered with WaterSense to build WaterSense labeled
new homes. In this session, participants will not only
learn more about the requirements for a WaterSense
labeled new home, but also how many providers, raters,
and builders are utilizing the WaterSense designation to
grow a new facet of their business.

“The New Normal”

Presenters:

Sara Gutterman, Green Builder Media

Butch Gaudette, Green Builder Media

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

This session investigates the “New Normal” in today’s
economy and looks at new value metrics that affect
corporations and consumers. We will look at population
market drivers and the changing consumer psyche, the
concept of “Responsrugality” and consumer stewardship.
We will look at what is really happening with “green”
products, the near future of sustainable trends in
housing, and how it relates they relate to energy
efficiency.

Using Fully Automated Energy Audit & Energy Rating
Systems

Presenters:

Ken Riead, Hathmore Technologies, LLC

Sharla Riead, Accurate Rater Network

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

Automated online systems are being recognized and
utilized by an increasingly receptive marketplace.
Electronically integrating all the key players involved;
energy auditors/raters, real estate professionals,
lenders, energy improvement contractors and material
suppliers, is vital toward growing the energy
retrofit/improvement industry and creating good-paying
green jobs. This session will touch upon the trend of
connecting energy professional community with
residential retrofit contractors & lenders and examine
the currently available models. However, the main focus
of this particular session will be on the EnergyARM
online automated energy calculation tool and on the Home
Energy Retrofit Exchange, the national energy retrofit
marketplace. This combination of EnergyARM & Retrofit
Exchange is now being referred to as the nation’s first
“Online Energy Mortgage Origination Engine”. Energy
auditors, especially energy raters & green raters, are
being tasked with ever-growing responsibilities
including the creation of cost-effective energy
improvement analysis within constraints of specific
programs, developing work orders, locating and/or
tracking energy contractors, keeping detailed records,
finalizing results, submitting multiple reports and
archival of resulting files. Running a small business is
hard enough without added administrative burdens. Fully
automated audit/rating tracking systems can alleviate
much of this. Attend this session to find out how.

The 2011 State of Green Real Estate: What’s Real and
What’s Memorex

Presenter:

John Beldock, Ph.D, EcoBroker International and the
Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate
Professionals

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

A concise update on the incentives, financing tools,
and consumer education programs that are driving energy
efficiency updates in the current market. Which programs
are resulting in actual updates and who is behind them?
What’s on the horizon to strengthen energy auditing and
home energy contracting? Plus a discussion of where to
find the leads for your auditing/rating or contracting
business? What’s working, and how can you work it to
execute on the win-win in the residential energy
improvement space.

RESNET National Buildings Registry

Presenters:

Steve Byers, EnergyLogic

Philip Fairey, Florida Solar Energy Center

Lei Wang, Apogee Inteactive

Jonathan Martin, RESNET

Rob Salcido, Architectural Energy

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

RESNET has developed a National Buildings Registry
that rating providers can upload their ratings into.
This registry is expected to provide an important boost
to the rating industry in terms of being able to provide
real time reporting of rating penetration in the market
place, quality assurance, and even appraisers being able
to find comparable homes with HERS Index scores for an
appraisal. On April 1, 2010 all providers must upload
their ratings into the registry before the rating can
become a confirmed rating. This session will demonstrate
the RESNET National Building Industry, review the
protocols for downloading information and discuss the
opportunities that the registry will provide to the
industry.

Comprehensive Retrofits – Address & Correct Ducts

Presenters:

Howard Katzman, GreenChoice Consulting, LLC.

Theresa Spurling-Wood, Gainesville Regional Utilities

Crystal

Learn how to evaluate existing duct systems and
properly determine a course of action for systems that
are in need of remediation. Explore the diagnostic
techniques and tools used to inspect and verify
operation of forced air systems. Understand the
importance of prioritizing duct repair work, and the
various benefits of performing diagnostic tests with an
emphasis on the quickest and most effective testing
methods. Discover solutions to common challenges that
you confront.

Is this Air Space Contributing to Energy Code Compliance? -
Guidelines for Calculating Wall U-factors

Presenter:

Chunlin Cao, The Dow Chemical Company

Dogwood/Camellia

As more and more states adopt the 2009 International
Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the higher energy code
requirements and non-tradeoff approach between
mechanical equipment and the building envelope present
compliance challenges to some builders. In order to meet
the higher code requirements without increasing building
costs, air space is sometimes used to add to the
insulation value of the wall.

This presentation will review the code requirements
for 2009 IECC for above grade wall, the correct way to
calculate the wall insulation R value/U-factor as an
assembly to meet the 2009 IECC requirements. In
particular, air space will be explored in detail as to
which type of air space R value can be used and which
type of air space is not appropriate based on ASHRAE
requirements. Inappropriate use of air space R value
calculations will result in unreliable and
non-conservatively biased estimates of actual or nominal
R-value to comprise the long-term performance of the
buildings.

After this presentation, raters should be able to
identify the correct way wall assembly U-factor/R value
is calculated and make sure the correct air space is
used if there is one in the wall assembly so the final
rating for the home reflects the realistic and long-term
performance of the building.

RESNET Rater Trainer Roundtable

Presenters:

Steve Baden, RESNET

Mark Jansen, Energy Efficient Homes Midwest

Kathy Spigarelli, RESNET

Hibiscus/Iris

RESNET standards require that all rater trainers must
participate in a two hour RESNET Rater Trainer
Roundtable. This session will meet this requirement. The
roundtable will provide an update to trainers and
provide an opportunity to provide feedback to RESNET.

RESNET Beer Fest

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – International Ballroom

RESNET QA Process Group Discussion

Moderator:

Daran Wastchak

6:30 – 9:00 PM – Grand Ballroom- Salon I

The session will be a “lessons learned”, “best
practices” and “how to” discussion amongst Providers,
Raters and QA Designees so that everyone can learn from
one another and share ideas about the QA Process. This
group discussion will be the forum for issues that
come-up in the back-to-back QA session on Tuesday March
1st.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Session 7 [8:30 – 10:00 AM]

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: 2011, the Transition
Year with Version 2.5

Presenters:

Dean Gamble, ICF International

Jake Titus, ICF International

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

On Jan. 1, 2011, Version 2.5 Guidelines went into
effect as a transition process to Version3.0. Attend
this session to learn about the Version 2.5 Guidelines
and to hear early feedback from the field. Learn more
about the trainings and support that will be offered to
raters, builders, and HVAC contractors during 2011 to
help prepare ENERGY STAR partners and HVAC contractors
for Version 3. Additionally, the ENERGY STAR for Homes
team will discuss how lessons learned about implementing
Version 2.5 can make your transition to Version 3 easier
and more successful.

Best Practices for Retro-fitting Attics for Energy
Efficiency and Durability

Presenter:

Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates Inc.

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Attics can account for 30-50% of space conditioning
costs. This class examines how retrofit attics to do
reduce energy costs increase comfort and enhance
durability of building components. The focus of the
class is to help contractors and retrofit contractors
identify the most practical and effective means to
reduce heat loss and heat gain in attics while avoiding
moisture ventilation problem. Class will concentrate on
the building science of new approaches on techniques for
air sealing and insulating, Also addressed will be new
systems for cold roof ventilated sheathing for non
vented attics. Steve Easley, a nationally recognized
building science consultant will show real world
examples of effective retro-fit techniques.

Objectives:

Student will develop an understanding of:

1. Understanding heat and moisture flow in attics

2. Reducing thermal and convective by-passes in attics

3. Concepts of attic ventilation, what works and what
doesn’t with non-vented and vented attics

4. Understand how non-vented attics work.

5. Selecting insulation systems and installation
mistakes

6. Understanding radiant barrier and cool roof
technologies

How Adults Learn

Presenter:

Brett Dillon, IBS Advisors, LLC

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

Expanding on the Teaching Adults Effectively session
given at last year’s conference, this session will go
into the mechanics and motivation for adult learning and
how astute trainers can maximize these principles to
improve learning.

Rating a Home for an Energy Improvement Mortgage,
Start to Finish

Presenters:

Allison A. Bailes III, Energy Vanguard

Jason Payne, Structured Energies

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

The Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM) has been around
for a while now, yet they still remain a mystery to many
raters. In training classes, most raters get the bare
minimum – what they are, how they’re different from
Energy Efficient Mortgages – but little or no training
on how to complete one. In this session, we’ll use case
studies to walk you through the steps required to go
from receiving the call from an interested party to
wrapping it all up at test out. Because of all the rules
set by FHA (the creator of the EIM we’ll cover), the
intricacies of the improvement analysis, and the need to
work with contractors, lenders, realtors, and
homebuyers, this may be the most difficult home energy
rating work you’ll ever get. Come to this session, and
learn the ins and outs of the EIM process so you’ll know
what you’re in for with this type of rating.

RESNET New IR Testing Guidelines: An Overview of the
New Infrared Standard

Presenters:

John Snell, The Snell Group

Bret Monroe, Monroe Infrared Technologies

Rogge Miller, GWS

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

RESNET has adopted new guidelines for the use of IR
technology for home energy ratings and energy audits.
This session will explain the new guidelines and explore
how they can employed by raters and energy auditors.
This session will also be an overview of both the means
of certification and the Standard’s types of surveys and
reporting guidelines.

Building America – New and Existing Buildings

Presenters:

Jeff Christian, ORNL

Subrato Chandra, PNNL

Dave Roberts, NREL

David Lee, DOE

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

This session will present case studies of actual new
home construction and existing home remodeling
strategies. One home in each climate zone will be
presented and will be described in detail as to what
techniques were used and how they contribute to the
overall maximized energy-efficient home. Speakers will
be from the current Building America Program teams and
labs, as well as some from private industry.

Comprehensive Retrofits – Effective Work Order
Development- Making Them Work!

Presenter:

Howard Katzman, GreenChoice Consulting, LLC

Crystal

Raters, contractors, and other residential energy
professionals know the benefits of using the “house as a
system” concept to sell and install more energy
efficiency improvements. It all starts with a Home
Performance Assessment (HPA) that enables homeowners to
make informed decisions on improving the energy
efficiency and comfort of their client’s home. Our
business is all about efficiency – learn the secrets of
doing a HPA and work order efficiently – minimize your
steps, maximize your professional delivery! Take
advantage of this session and receive an overview of
battle-tested techniques that will help raters and
contractors to more fully deploy the HPA that motivate
your customers to invest in energy efficiency home
improvements.

To Batt or Not to Batt?

Presenter:

Dan Lutz, Advanced Energy – Part II / Part III

Dogwood/Camellia

In this session, Dan Lutz will address the concerns
surrounding fiberglass batt insulation and its ability
to meet Grade I Installation. He will present real data
on insulation performance and give examples and photos
from numerous homes showing insulation correctly and
incorrectly installed. In this session participants will
see a process that can help insulation installers get it
right everytime, regardless of what kind of insulation
is being installed. At the end of the session, Owens
Corning will discuss the process, tools, and training
they use to help their installers overcome these issues
and the ensuing results.

Session 8 [10:30 AM – Noon]

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: Marketing Tools for a
Better Specification

Presenters:

Jon Passe, US Environmental Protection Agency

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

With the release of Version 3 Guidelines, the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes staff is developing new materials and an updated value propositions to help our partners market the new guidelines. Join us to learn more about these materials and to receive a brief tutorial on the suite of marketing resources that are available to our ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes partners. This session will also provide best practices for how to use ENERGY STAR as a new marketing platform and integrate it into your current ad campaign and marketing materials.

Meeting ENERGY STAR’s Water Management Requirements

Presenter:

Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates Inc.

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Energy Star Homes Version 3.0 now requires that builders complete a multi-point water management check list in order for new homes to carry the ENERGY STAR label. This class offers various methods for complying with and exceeding the checklist requirements for management of water on the site and at the foundation, at wall and roof assemblies and in the selection and placement of building materials. Using photos gathered from years of field experience, Steve examines common design defects which create moisture problems and shows solutions to control the damaging effects of bulk water and the infiltration and exfiltration of moisture laden air. Raters will learn how to identify construction defects that will assist them in reviewing the items on the Energy Star Water Management System Checklist.

RESNET New Combustion Safety Testing and Work Order Guidelines

Presenters:

Brett Dillon, IBS Advisors

Rob Moody, Organic Think

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

A key component of a comprehensive rating is combustion safety testing and preparing a work order. RESNET’s new Building Performance Auditor and Comprehensive Home Energy Rater certifications will require training on this. RESNET has recently adopted guidelines for combustion safety testing and developing a work order. This session will explain these new requirements.

Mixing the Quality Serum

Presenter:

John Tooley, Advanced Energy

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

If you are tired of seeing or fixing the same defects
year after year then this session is for you. Serums do
not cure illness they prevent them. This session will
cover the ingredients for quality work that will be
sustainable year after year. We will discuss a step by
step process that can be put in place the Monday after
the conference. It is impossible to eliminate all error
from any task preformed by humans. Indeed, inadvertent
errors are both possible and inevitable. Yet errors will
not turn into defects if feedback and action take place
at the error stage. If you are a Program a Manager,
Utility, HERS Provider or Owner of a Rating company this
session is for you.

Using IR as a Diagnostic Tool

Presenter:

Edward L. Fronapfel, SBSA, Inc

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

Presented by Edward L. Fronapfel, with SBSA, Inc.,
this presentation discusses the standards for the use of
Infrared Imaging (IR) to evaluate construction of
existing buildings. In addition to the standards, the
presentation provides an overview of the basics of how
IR works, general uses of IR and RESNET, technical
advancements and usage of IR cameras, characteristics
and troubleshooting. How does the IR reading change as
you vary the angles of the shot? What can you expect
from interior vs. exterior readings? Using IR to
diagnose visibly evident issues such as ice damming and
moisture intrusion. Once diagnosed, what are some of the
possible repairs to these conditions that are
economical, effective, and result in higher energy
efficiency.

ENERGY STAR Version 3 and Indoor airPLUS-How They Fit
Together

Presenters:

Casey Murphy, ICF International

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

ENERGY STAR has helped transform the homebuilding
market for energy efficiency,. Now, ENERGY STAR Version
3 is rolling out and Indoor airPLUS is a pathway for one
of the four inspection checklists. Learn how the Indoor
airPLUS verification checklist can be completed as an
avenue for the Water Management System Builder
checklist. This session will focus on the details of the
checklist and the increased emphasis of indoor air
quality and moisture management in ENERGY STAR Version
3.

By attending this session, participants will

1. Understand how to use Indoor airPLUS as a way to meet
the Water Management Checklist requirements of ENERGY
STAR Version 3.

2. Receive practical information on indoor air quality
and moisture management.

3. Learn about the biggest IAQ risks for homebuyers and
builders, and how to minimize these risks in new home
construction.

Comprehensive Retrofits – Incorporate Renewables into
Your Next Job (Don’t Forget to Reduce the Load)

Presenters:

Theresa Spurling-Wood, Gainesville Regional Utilities

Rachel D. Meek, Gainesville Regional Utilities

Crystal

More and more consumers want PV in order to be green
and environmental…how can a home performance contractor
stay competitive? You can’t have an effective solar
system without load reduction, envelope tightness, and
HVAC system sizing. Find out how to combine home
performance with renewable energy solutions providing
clients with comprehensive solutions to their energy
needs.

Residential Retrofit and Home Performance Training:
Worker Recruitment, Retention and Development

Presenters:

Gary Gustafson, LIUNA Training and Education Fund

Scott Gustafson, LIUNA Training and Education Fund

David Johnson, LIUNA Training and Education Fund

Dogwood/Camellia

Residential retrofit workforce development includes
more than job skills training. Employers and workers
need to identify and access quality training; improve
candidate completion and certification rates; and
provide continuing education and career opportunities.
Training programs must prepare the energy
efficiency/residential retrofit workforce for industry
changes and continuing employment opportunities. This
workshop presents successful training programs and
identifies potential new approaches for career
development in this emerging industry. Panel members
will present information on apprenticeship,
employability skills training, college articulation
agreements, and worker certification.

Using Thick Insulation Sheathing over Wood and Stud
Walls

Presenter:

Dan Tempas, The Dow Chemical Company

Hibiscus/Iris

Recent changes in the energy codes combined with
higher energy prices have led to the use of thicker foam
plastic insulated sheathings in stud wall constructions.
But thick insulated sheathings are new territory for
many builders and designers, how does one properly
install and detail walls with these thicker insulations?
In this presentation we take a look at some of the
issues and solutions associated with thick insulated
sheathings. This will include fasteners, penetrations,
and both wood and metal stud wall assemblies.

Session 9 [1:30 – 3:00 PM]

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: Meet the New Version 3
Compatible Rating Software

Presenters:

Rob Salcido, Architectural Energy Corporation

Tei Kucharski, Florida Solar Energy Center

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

RESNET-accredited rating software programs have
incorporated new specifications required by ENERGY STAR
Version 3. The new software releases will apply the
ENERGY STAR Reference Design and Size Adjusment Factor
where relevant to automatically calculate the final HERS
Index Target. This score is needed to satisfy the ENERGY
STAR Qualified Homes Version 3 baseline performance
path. Additionally, this software will automatically
generate the newly-required ENERGY STAR qualified home
certificate – to be shared with each homeowner – which
lists the features included in each home. Attendees will
hear directly from the rating software developers how
their tools can help raters verify ENERGY STAR qualified
homes are compliant with Version 3 guidelines.

How to Market to Realtors

Presenter:

Cheryl King, Associate Broker, Keller Wiliams Realty
East Valley

John Beldock, Ph.D, EcoBroker International and the
Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate
Professionals

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

Realtors are one of the best sources of referrals for
energy auditors. With Nevada becoming the first state to
require an energy audit for every home sale, now is the
time to get connected! This session will provide you
with the tools you need to reach this important source
of business.

How to save 90% on the Home’s Biggest Hog – Look
Outside

Presenters:

Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates

Jeff Farlow, Pentair Water Pool and Spa

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

For the 10 million homes is the US with a swimming
pool, their biggest energy hog is in the backyard. The
average 1.5 Hp pool pump draws 2kW, is typically
scheduled during peak load times, and consumes a
whopping 4000 kWh per year. This accounts for the total
capacity of 25 medium sized power plants nationally. The
good news is that advanced new ECM technology can cut
this demand by up to 90%. The pool pump savings alone
can easily exceed the total savings proved by all the
home’s appliances, combined. This saving opportunity is
so commonly overlooked because it lies outside of the
traditional envelop, where it doesn’t count towards a
home’s energy rating. It still makes the customer’s
meter go round and round and shouldn’t be ignored! Learn
how to identify, evaluate, and provide your customers
this tremendous energy saving opportunity.

Pedal to the Metal: How Green Financing can
Accelerate Sustainable Construction and Retrofits

Presenter:

Dakota Gale, Earth Advantage Institute

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

Currently, homeowners of energy efficient and green
homes are typically eligible for a few tax breaks and
minor dollar amounts in utility incentives. What’s
missing from the picture is the development of a
financial “ecosystem” around the consumer where
financial advantages make green remodels and certified
homes a no-brainer. Besides benefiting the consumer’s
pocketbook, such green financial models offer tremendous
opportunity for lending organizations themselves –
through the potential for increased loan volume,
decreased risk of default, expansion into new markets,
the ability to deliver highly targeted value-added
products and the assumption of a position of market
leadership. Such financial services will catalyze and
enlarge the green home/green retrofit market.

Real World Appraisals- Is Our Current System Broken?

Presenter:

Ray Ivy, LEED-AP, Southface Energy Institute

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

Do traditional appraisal results accurately reflect
true home values? Many industry experts think that
sustainable energy improvements such as lower operating
costs, improved resource utilization and increased
durability are not reflected in the current appraisal
methodologies. How can the appraisal industry improve
processes and catch up with the new realities of home
valuation to show true worth? Come learn the Top 5
things that need to happen right now and what you can do
to help.

Business Opportunities for Raters Working with ACCA
QIvp-9 Standard

Presenter:

Wes Davis, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

RESNET has entered into a strategic partnership with
the Air Conditioning Contactors Association of America
(ACCA) to foster improved building energy performance.
ACCA has adopted the QIvp-9 program to promote quality
installation and sizing of air conditioning systems.
This session will introduce the ACCA/RESNET strategic
partnership, the ACCA QIvp-9 program and explore how
raters can team up with HVAC contractors.

Spray Foam Alliance

Presenters:

Kurt Riesenberg, SPFA

Rick Duncan, SPFA

Crystal

SPFA will provide a fundamental overview of SPF, as
well as it its credentialed applicator program and
explore how raters can team up with SPFA members. The
five major topics covered in this overview presentation
include:

• Different types of polyurethane foam products used for
insulation and air sealing

• Unique benefits of spray polyurethane foam compared to
other insulation materials

• Where SPF can be used within the building envelope

• Compliant application of SPF under ICC’s model
building codes in regard to fire safety

• Basic chemical safety requirements during application
of SPF

One Hour Energy Audit

Presenter:

Ryan Hatch, Direct Energy

Dogwood/Camellia

How to perform a one hour energy audit!

The session will teach Raters how to develop operation
flow charts which identify common bottlenecks.
Participants will think and share creative ways to
increase productivity and reduce errors. The session
will highlight reporting, products and techniques that
reduce audit time.

Call to Action: Adoption of Performance Based
Residential Efficiency Tax Credits and Mortgage
Financing

Presenters:

Steve Baden, RESNET

Carl Chidlow, RESNET

Hibiscus/Iris

RESNET was effective in advocating for the extension
of the tax credits for energy efficient homes. The
extension, however will expire on December 31, 2011.
RESNET will be undertaking a concentrated effort in 2011
to advocate performance based tax credits for a minimum
of three years. We will also be advocating for
legislation that would allow the financing of the energy
upgrades of a home in the mortgage loan and recognition
of a home’s energy performance in the appraisal. This
session will explain the efforts to extend the credit
and be a workshop on the building performance industry
can be effective in working with Congress in enacting
the financial incentives in 2011.

Session 10 [3:30 – 5:00 PM]

Tackling the Appraisal issue- lessons learned on
overcoming appraiser resistance to valuing Energy Star
or other Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Presenters:

Brian NG, U.S. EPA

Victoria Bloise- Advanced Energy

Grand Ballroom- Salon I

Tackling the Appraisal issue – lessons learned on
overcoming appraiser resistance to valuing ENERGY STAR
or other Energy Efficiency upgrades. Presented by
Victoria Bloise from Advanced Energy and Brian NG from
EPA.

Getting appraisal values to reflect the value of
ENERGY STAR or other energy efficient upgrades is a
nationwide challenge. Hear what EPA is doing with
policies and partners on a national level to address
this issue. Advanced Energy will discuss what they have
learned from a statewide look at this issue talking to
lenders, real estate agents, appraisers and builders,
and what they are doing in NC to overcome this barrier.
Learn what you can do in your region to overcome this
barrier.

“Nudging” Homeowners to Action

Presenter:

Aaron Goldfeder, EnergySavvy.com

Grand Ballroom- Salon II

The cutting edge of consumer marketing today is a
combination of behavioral economics (Thaler and
Sunstein’s book, “Nudge: Improving Decisions about
Health, Wealth and Happiness” lends this session its
title) and the data-driven creative & message
optimization possible on the internet. How has this
combination of social psychology and technology been
applied to the challenge of pushing homeowners towards
making decisions about energy efficiency?

We’ll look at qualitative and quantitative examples of
what has worked and what hasn’t: at the intersection of
behavioral economics, online marketing and energy
efficiency. Example topics (to be finalized) include:
What can be learned from Cash for Appliances about
rebate program design; Why carbon offsets only work for
flights; Developing a home energy scale that works.

RESNET’s New Comprehensive Energy Audit Software
Guidelines

Presenter:

Greg Thomas, PSD Development

Grand Ballroom- Salon III

A key element to a comprehensive energy retrofit is a
modeling software program to calculate the energy
savings from the energy improvement options. Working
with BPI, the national energy laboratories and software
vendors RESNET has developed a suite of tests to test
the accuracy of comprehensive retrofit software modeling
programs. This session will explain the new guidelines
and explore the implications for the building
performance industry.

Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization
Initiative

Presenter:

Rob Howard, Sustainable Building Specialist, Habitat for
Humanity International

Grand Ballroom- Salon VI

Presentation Abstract:

• “Building communities, not only houses”

• Comprehensive Community Development

• Gut Rehab, Critical Repair, and Weatherization

• Partners in Sustainable Building Update

• Opportunities for Raters to get involved

Turning Permit Offices into Advocates of Energy
Efficiency

Presenter:

Andrea Guillet, PECI

Grand Ballroom- Salon VII

Over the past year and a half, Energy Trust of
Oregon’s New Homes Program has been able to improve
delivery of savings using permit offices as resources.
It was through contact with permit offices, that Energy
Trust was able to gather important market information
about building activity throughout the territory,
generate active contractor leads for the outreach team
as well as cultivate another channel for promoting
program offerings to the building community. Permit
offices are staffed and supported by members of their
community. The vast majority of these individuals have
community ties and a history in home building and
construction. Once these individuals determine that
there is value in the assistance that is available to
market actors interested in learning more about energy
efficiency and conservation, a program such as this can
count on strong advocates on the ground. As an industry,
we need to loop in these citizens for the insight and
the advocacy they can offer. This session will explore
how this model may be applied around the country to
better bring the building community together for energy
efficiency.

Alaska Craftsman Home Program: The Evolution of a
Residential Energy Efficiency Training Program

Presenter:

Chuck Renfro, Alaska Craftsman Home Program

Grand Ballroom- Salon VIII

The Alaska Craftsman Home Program is a 501c3
nonprofit that seeks to increase the comfort,
efficiency, and safety of Alaska’s residential, public,
and commercial buildings. In fulfilling this mission,
ACHP is a RESNET provider, a BPI affiliate, and
administers service contracts with multiple agencies in
the State of Alaska. This reflects a significant change
from ACHP’s original purpose: building and branding of
energy efficient cold climate home. In this
presentation, Rob Jordon, will talk about the evolution
of an energy efficient training non-profit, focusing on
the interrelationship between the RESNET Providership
and energy performance contract training.

Energy Audits: Legalities and Pitfalls

Presenter:

Stan Harbuck, A Better School of Building Inspection

Crystal

While this presentation will cover some of the legal
issues related to liability for energy auditors, one of
its main emphases will be to discuss the special legal
and ethical issues peculiar to pre-purchase, or
otherwise known as “time of sale” audits. Coverage will
also include level of quality of service expected,
adhesion contracts, helping reduce liability through the
use of specific types of contract provisions, RESPA
liability, local vs. national standards, limitations of
liability, antitrust law, general liability, and
legislating professional regulation.