Home Efficiency Forum is an annual event that brings together Northwest building professionals of all kinds to discuss and advance energy-efficient building practices in residential new construction. This year, our theme is Building for the Future. This two-day event offers trainings, networking opportunities and the chance to shape the future of residential building practices.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals in the residential new home energy efficiency industry, including: 

  • Raters/Verifiers/Providers

  • Utility Representatives

  • Home Certification Programs

  • Builders/Contractors

  • Manufacturers/Distributors

  • Other Market Actors

  • Architects/Designers

Why Attend?

  • Earn CEUs

  • Discuss and advance energy-efficient building practices in residential new construction

  • Learn about trending industry topics that can give you a competitive edge 

  • Establish yourself as a thought leader in the industry

  • Network with other stakeholders and program staff

  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and appetizers

  • Have fun!

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Featured Session: Decision Makers Panel

Join us for an exciting panel featuring energy decision makers throughout the Northwest. Gain insight on residential new construction program development and collaborate directly with some of the leading voices in our industry.

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2018 Sponsors

Thank you to the Home Efficiency Forum 2018 sponsors. 

2018 Agenda

Home Efficiency Forum is an official regional RESNET conference. Attendees earn 12 RESNET CEUs (PDHs) for attending. All sessions are also approved for BPI CEUs and NATE CEH (one BIP CEU and one NATE CEH per session).

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2018 Presenters


Brenda Nunes

Nunes Group at Keller Williams Eastside

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Brenda Nunes, MBA, LEED AP, is Nunes Group’s managing broker at Keller Williams Eastside in Kirkland, Washington. She is a nationally recognized educator, advocate and mentor for sustainable real estate, and she is a member of the Built Green community. Winner of both National Association of REALTORS® and Built Green awards, Brenda is passionate about selling green real estate.

Bruce Manclark

CLEAResult

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Bruce Manclark is a nationally recognized leader in residential energy efficiency technical training, implementation of conservation programs, quality control testing, and consulting on energy efficiency. Bruce joined CLEAResult in 2012 after partnering on many programs. He previously owned Delta T, an energy services company specializing in the implementation of residential energy conservation programs and services, energy audits and inspections, and the delivery of technical training to energy auditors, inspectors, HVAC contractors, and community college students.

Charlie Stephens

NEEA

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Charlie Stephens

NEEA

Charlie Stephens is a Senior Codes & Standards Engineer at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) representing the interests of its funders in federal and state energy efficiency standards processes. He also helps to align the work of NEEA’s Emerging Technologies and Sector Initiatives with the Pacific Northwest region’s codes and standards objectives. Before coming to NEEA, Charlie was a consultant for architects and homeowners building high-performance and net-zero-energy homes. He was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy, where he focused on residential energy efficiency, new technology development, sustainable building and community development, and energy efficiency and renewable energy policy.

Christopher Dymond

NEEA

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Christopher Dymond

NEEA

Christopher Dymond is a Senior Product Manager for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) with over 23 years’ experience in the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, residential technologies, policy development and solar power. He was Manager of Emerging Technologies at EDF Renewable Energy, where he performed system design and due diligence evaluation for both utility- and commercial-scale solar power projects. For 12 years, Christopher was an Energy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy on efficiency and renewable energy systems. He holds a master’s degree in building systems engineering from the University of Colorado.

Dan Wildenhaus

As the Building Science Manager for TRC, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Buildings. Dan has over 23 years of experience working directly for both a contractor and a Rating company; performing energy audits & Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting & analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. After 15 years working directly in the field, Dan transitioned to the consulting side of the business, working with program implementation companies, finding a home with TRC. Dan currently provides staff management, Building Science consultation, QA/QC design, code evaluation, market channel development, and training & presentation services for a variety of utility and Home Certification Programs across the country. 

David Heslam

Earth Advantage

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David Heslam

Earth Advantage

David Heslam is the Executive Director of Earth Advantage, a nonprofit focused on accelerating the adoption of green building across the Northwest. David has worked in energy efficiency and green building in Portland since 1994. As a nationally recognized green builder, he constructed Portland’s first new home built to net-zero water use in 2003 and Portland’s first home designed for zero energy use in 2004. David left contracting in 2008 and has led Earth Advantage since 2012, and in 2016 he oversaw the successful sale of Earth Advantage’s CakeSystems software to a California firm. David is active in state-level efforts to advance building codes and currently serves on both the Multnomah County Advisory Board for Sustainability and Innovation and the board of the Home Performance Guild of Oregon. 

​Emily Kemper

CLEAResult

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Emily Kemper is an Oregon-state registered Architect and building science expert who manages CLEAResult’s Building Science and Engineering team in support of energy efficiency programs and projects across the country. With 16 years of experience in the building industry, she supports CLEAResult’s initiatives in search of energy savings in buildings through research, design and planning, and she is a subject-matter expert on the topic of smart, connected technology in homes and buildings. Emily is an active member of the residential building industry through her work on state and city code and development boards. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California, and she is a member of the AIA.

Eric Miller

Benton REA

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Eric Miller

Benton REA

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Eric Miller currently works on energy efficiency and conservation for Benton REA. Eric received a BA from Central Washington University. His background includes working in general construction and for a family owned HVAC business. He’s also a semi-active Rater and a member of the RTF, after serving four years on the Utility Sounding Board.

Greg Davenport

Mitsubishi Electric

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Greg Davenport

Mitsubishi Electric

Greg Davenport graduated from the University of Puget Sound and lives in the Seattle, Washington area. He works with high-performance builders in the Pacific Northwest. For more than six years, he worked with CLEAResult in the Northwest Washington region on a Joint Utility ENERGY STAR® Lighting program that targeted the single-family and multifamily residential markets. In early 2014, Greg worked on a NEEA High Performance Home Specification pilot program designed to help builders embrace net-zero-ready building practices. Greg was in Nepal when the 2015 earthquake occurred, and he stayed on to do volunteer service work, including a nonprofit contract project until early 2016. In 2016, Greg joined the Performance Construction Team at Mitsubishi Electric, which promotes energy-efficient mini-split systems to the high-performance residential construction market around the country.

​Heidi McCullough

Building Efficiency Resources

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Heidi McCullough serves as Quality Assurance Manager with Building Efficiency Resources. She is an experienced energy rater, verifier and consultant with expertise in building science and residential energy efficiency standards. Over the last 10 years, Heidi has worked and coordinated with a broad spectrum of the building industry, including builders, design professionals, vendors and homeowners.

James Marker

Puget Sound Energy

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James Marker

Puget Sound Energy

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James Marker is an energy efficiency professional with over 10 years’ experience in business development, marketing, strategic client development, multidisciplinary team management and project delivery. James has a demonstrated ability to facilitate cohesive teams, interface with public and private agencies, and liaise with key stakeholders. He is an experienced client-relationship builder and has been involved in complex award-winning projects that have challenged the status quo in terms of design, delivery and cost efficiency. Over the last two years of being a New Construction Program Manager at PSE, James has helped PSE establish best practices for Residential and Commercial New Construction program design, implementation and customer experience. 

Jess Kincaid

Bonneville Power Administration

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Jess Kincaid

Bonneville Power Administration

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Jess Kincaid manages residential energy efficiency programs for Bonneville Power Administration, where she brings nearly two decades of experience in energy efficiency and demand response spanning policy, advocacy, program management, and hands-on delivery of retrofits. Jess has a Juris Doctor with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from Lewis and Clark Law School, as well as degrees in political science and energy management. She is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager and a Member of the Oregon State Bar.

​Jon Belmont

NEEA

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​Jon Belmont

NEEA

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Jon Belmont oversees the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) Next Step Homes initiative, which is designed to increase market adoption of energy-efficient advanced building practices for single-family homes and strives to accelerate code so that all new homes in the Northwest are built more efficiently. Before joining NEEA, Jon spent seven years with the Oregon Department of Energy, most recently leading energy efficiency and conservation programs for public schools. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in environmental science in forest ecology, a master’s in public affairs in natural resources management and environmental policy, and a doctorate in philosophy in environmental science from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Ken Baker

Open Spaces NW | Managing Partner

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Ken Baker

Open Spaces NW | Managing Partner

Ken Baker has been working in building energy efficiency since 1978. His 1982 Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho focused on energy- and resource-efficient construction techniques and the use of local materials to create vernacular and sustainable buildings. He is an experienced educator, facilitator, mediator and writer. Ken is the co-author with Jana Kemp of the Greenwood Publishing Group book “Building Community in Buildings: The Design and Culture of Dynamic Workplaces.”

Ken has worked on energy code development and implementation since 1986 and teaches energy code compliance and implementation strategies throughout the U.S. He has been the Senior Manager, Codes & Standards for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for the past four years. Ken recently returned to a managing partnership in Open Spaces NW, and he will continue his work assisting jurisdictions, contractors, third-party professionals and designers in their understanding of how efficient buildings and design and construction best practices align.

Leah Missik

Built Green

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Leah Missik

Built Green

Leah Missik is the Program Manager of Built Green, a green home certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties. She has overseen the program’s continued growth, conducted studies that received national attention, and collaborated on the expansion of green building incentives in the region. She is also co-chair of Shift Zero, a net-zero-energy building alliance. Leah is an alum of Leadership Tomorrow (Class of 2018) and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She holds her MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with concentrations in environmental policy and international affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in 2010, where she majored in modern languages (Russian and German) and international studies, with a concentration in environmental studies.

Mark Jerome

CLEAResult

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Mark Jerome

CLEAResult

Mark Jerome offers more than 30 years of technical experience in the HVAC industry as the head service technician and owner/operator of a small HVAC contracting company. He is extensively involved in all aspects of the diagnosis and repair of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems. Mark has been a voting member of the Regional Technical Forum since 2007. Mark has provided well over 100 energy efficiency-related classroom trainings.

​Naaman Hannu

New Tradition Homes

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​Naaman Hannu

New Tradition Homes

Naaman Hannu brings more than 25 years of experience to the NTH management team. His interest in the building industry began with his vocational building trades class in high school, which has never wavered. He worked in drywall and framing for a number of years, eventually being promoted to job superintendent. This background has provided NTH customers with the in-depth knowledge of a master builder, in addition to expertise in green building. He has received his 'Green Builder' certification, is a certified erosion and sediment control lead, and has taken Chuck Shinn training in 'Managing for Profit' and 'Front Line Manager.

Robert Frost

Benton PUD

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Robert Frost

Benton PUD

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Robert Frost manages Benton PUD’s residential energy efficiency program and Solar Connections program. He received a BA in accounting from Westwood College. Robert offers over a decade of HVAC experience as a project foreman.      

​Rose Lathrop

Sustainable Connections

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​Rose Lathrop

Sustainable Connections

Rose Lathrop is the Green Building & Energy Program Director for Sustainable Connections, a Whatcom County-based nonprofit business membership organization dedicated to advancing sustainable business practices. The Green Building program promotes healthy, durable, efficient, and environmentally responsible homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces through education, technical assistance, and advocacy. The Energy Program offers low-cost energy audits for commercial buildings, helping to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rose joined the Sustainable Connections staff in 2012 as a local leader in the green building movement. She has a well-versed background in sustainable development practices from both the public and the private sector and is transforming local building practices. Rose has a deep-seated passion for sustainable living, and she practices this in her daily life. She is a curious blend of urban farmer, green building pioneer and cheerful community-maker.

Sandy Lawrence

Energy and Resilience Educator

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Sandy Lawrence

Energy and Resilience Educator

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Sandy Lawrence is a retired academic physician who is back to teaching, but in areas involving energy systems, climate and re-engineering of the grid. He and his wife are months away from finishing the construction of a PHIUS-certified home, both the main house and the ADU, which will be the first two structures in Whatcom County to achieve this distinction.

Scott Flynn

indieDwell

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Scott Flynn

indieDwell

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indieDwell was founded in 2016 by Scott Flynn with help from Pete Gombert. Scott’s vision was to change the building industry by offering high quality, sustainable, healthy homes to underserved communities. Scott founded indieDwell as a Public Benefit Corporation and is dedicated to making these homes the standard for affordable housing everywhere. indieDwell is GoodWell certified and will become a B Corp in 2018. 

Scott Leonard

Energy Trust of Oregon

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Scott Leonard

Energy Trust of Oregon

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Scott Leonard is the program manager for Energy Trust of Oregon’s Residential EPSTM New Construction program. In addition to program management, Scott manages Energy Trust’s measure development process, realizing program plans by turning concepts into cost-effective deemed savings measures for new construction, existing buildings and retail/distributor delivery channels. Scott’s previous roles within the energy efficiency industry include work at CLEAResult, where he managed a residential new construction program, and Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. as trade ally outreach manager.

Steve Weise

Leading Force Energy & Design Center

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Steve Weise is the owner of Leading Force Energy & Design Center and has 25 years of building experience. Steve specializes in building healthy, energy-efficient homes and is one of the few National Association of Home Builders designated Master Certified Green Professionals in Eastern Washington. By continually training and networking with service and trade professionals, he and the Leading Force team stay on the cutting edge of technology, techniques, products and building codes. Steve was awarded 2014 Builder of the Year by the Central Washington Home Builders Association.

Thomas Anreise

CLEAResult

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Thomas Anreise is an accomplished technical specialist, project manager, and homebuilder with experience in high-performance new construction consulting, pilot project management, energy modeling, multifamily audits, and home performance diagnostics. He has contributed to the design and implementation of several of the nation’s most progressive and influential building science and efficiency programs. His extensive background includes all aspects of design and construction, developing specifications, and providing design consulting and technical training services.

Trevor Frick

CLEAResult

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Trevor Frick

CLEAResult

Trevor Frick is a Senior Building Science Analyst for CLEAResult, where he serves as a program technical resource, quality assurance inspector, energy modeler and building performance tester. Trevor has worked for the last 18 years as a carpenter, builder and remodeler, with a shift in focus to energy efficiency and building performance since 2006. This diverse background enables Trevor to provide expertise to a variety of energy efficiency programs, including new and existing home utility weatherization programs, NEEA’s new homes initiatives and pilot studies, and BPA’s Performance Tested Comfort Systems program.

Events and Networking

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Field Site Visit: 2018 River Street Lofts
  • October 10, 2018, 4‒5 p.m.

  • 535 S. 15th St., Boise, ID 83702 | View Directions

Join us October 10 from 4-5 p.m. for a field site visit to the 2018 River Street Lofts, one of the first projects to participate in the Idaho Power Residential New Construction Pilot Program. The site is being constructed by Energreen Development Company and is located at 535 S. 15th St., a short 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the Grove Hotel.

Featuring high-performance HVAC systems, high-efficiency windows, increased insulation values and tight building shells, the condos are expected to be more than 50 percent more energy efficient than homes built to standard state energy code and earn the ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes label. 

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After Dark Fright Night
  • Oct. 17, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.

  • The Porter Portland Hotel, | 503.306.4800 | View Directions

Most of us get up every morning and tackle our daily challenges with some degree of courage, but truth be told, we’re all afraid of something lurking under the bed (metaphorically speaking). But being together after dark can turn fright night into something fun – remember ghost stories around the campfire? So this session is about collectively yanking the covers off the boogeyman – in a spirit of good humor and play.

In our industry, we’re headed for some big changes, and change inevitably provokes concerns. Architects may be worried about having to incorporate new, unfamiliar technologies. Raters face the constant threat of angering clients who blame them for enforcing ever more rigorous standards. Builders may be afraid of investing in new home designs that buyers won’t like. Many utility executives fear coming disruptions in their business models.

Shining a bright light on things that scare us – and seeing them through others’ eyes – can radically change our perspective on them. We’ll use new insights we gain by scrutinizing these shadowy fears to transform them into tools for change.

This event will be interactive, irreverent and maybe even downright silly – but with serious intent. Come prepared to talk, reflect, imagine, role-play, problem solve – and enjoy spending time and swapping ideas with your co-creators of the energy revolution.

Accommodations

Event Venue: 

The Porter Portland
1355 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, Oregon, 97201

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Reserve your hotel room by September 22.


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Driving Directions

From 1-84 & Airport: Take the Vista / Airport exit. Go north on Vista to Capitol Boulevard, and turn left on Capitol Boulevard after approximately one mile. The hotel is located on the left-hand side of Capitol Boulevard - just three blocks south of the Capitol Building - at the corner of Front Street and Capitol Boulevard.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle

ARRIVAL - After picking up your luggage here in Boise, please give us a call at 208-333-8000. We ensure that you will be picked up within a 15 minute window. The shuttles are black and display The Grove Hotel logo.

DEPARTURE - When heading back home, please make a reservation for the shuttle at least 20 minutes prior to your required departure time from our property. Please call or visit the Guest Service desk in the lobby to check availability as spots on the shuttle are first come first serve.

Parking Options

The Grove Hotel offers 2 parking choices during your stay. Underground self-parking can be accessed directly off Capitol Boulevard, available at a nightly rate of $15. Valet parking can be accessed by turning into our driveway off Front Street, available at a nightly rate of $22. The garage height clearance for valet and self-parking in the hotel's garage is 6'8" maximum. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide valet service for large trucks. Parking rates are subject to change.

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