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).

    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

      Welcome Remarks

      9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      Grid Re-Engineering

      Speakers

      • Sandy Lawrence, Energy and Resilience Educator | View Bio
      • Sandy Lawrence

        Energy and Resilience Educator

        Sessions to be presented:

        Sandy Lawrence is a retired physician and former associate professor of medicine from California. He has been interested in environmental issues since at least his undergraduate days and gave his first public presentation on energy issues—a lecture on nuclear power and weapons—while still a family medicine resident in San Francisco. Sandy and his wife live north of Bellingham in a Passivhaus-certified home completed in 2019. He drives a pure electric vehicle or PEV, and his wife a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV. Both are largely charged from of a pair of solar arrays. They share their five acres with goats, chickens and sometimes grandchildren.

      Rose City Ballroom

      The model that the electric utility industry has followed for over a century is being radically revised. Implications of the disaggregation of vertically-integrated utilities into the 3 separate levels of generation, long-distance transmission and local distribution are not yet adequately understood or appreciated by builders and consumers. Some 60 percent of generators now face a competitive environment, with the necessity of bidding into day-ahead, hour-ahead, even 5 minute-ahead auctions for supplying power. For 3/4 of coal-burning generators, immediate replacement with wind or solar is already economically rational. On the individual residential + commercial level, distributed renewable energy + on-site storage represent incredible opportunities, as well as ancillary support of grid services.

      9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      Top 10 Best Practices for Today’s Homebuilder

      Speakers

      • John Spillman, Trainer, Earth Advantage | View Bio
      • John Spillman

        Earth Advantage | Trainer

        John is a trainer and senior technical consultant with Earth Advantage, a BetterBuiltNW program implementer. He regularly teaches classes to Energy Raters, Builders, Architects/Designers, Real Estate Professionals and Building Code Officials. John has been promoting sustainable building and energy efficiency in both new and existing residential construction with Earth Advantage since 2009. John’s construction background is in residential remodeling. He is currently a certified building analyst professional with the Building Performance Institute, and a LEED for Homes Green Rater. John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Davis.

      Founders Ballroom

      There are many paths to building  high-performance homes and it can be difficult to choose the set of features that best fit a given situation. To help builders and raters make informed decisions on how to increase building performance, BetterBuiltNW offers a version of this session as a full-day training that provides the latest and greatest approaches along a continuum of “Good, Better & Best” practices being used today to build energy efficient homes.

      Join us for this session to gain an overview of all the techniques and technologies from the “Best” category (in other words, Zero-Energy home building), as well as learn how this training and others provided by BBNW can be leveraged across the NW to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient building practices and utility program participation.

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      ICC/ANSI/RESNET 380 Testing Standards

      Speakers

      • Jonathan P Jones, Director of Building Sciences, Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities | View Bio
      • Jonathan P Jones

        Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities | Director of Building Sciences

        Sessions to be presented:

        Jonathan P Jones is currently the Director of Building Sciences for the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities. Jonathan has worked in the residential real estate industry for 16 years, gaining experience as an appraiser, Broker®, builder and verifier. In his current position, Jonathan is responsible for: governmental affairs regarding construction regulation, administration of the WA state Built Green® program, consulting and advocating for builders with the local building officials, and educational outreach. Other services provided by Jonathan’s department include: construction consulting, energy modeling and verification, and energy code compliance testing (both residential and commercial). More recently Jonathan has added performing third party QA work as a register RESNET QAD and is in the process of completing the Rater Trainer requirement.

      • Miguel Rodriguez

      Rose City Ballroom

      This class will cover the standards for testing homes both advanced and for code. This will cover the use of time stamped and geo-stamped testing software.

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      The 2020 NGBS: The Path Toward More Sustainable Housing

      Speakers

      • Michelle Foster, VP Innovation Services, Home Innovation Research Labs | View Bio
      • Michelle Foster

        Home Innovation Research Labs | VP Innovation Services

        You can usually find Michelle on the road promoting the benefits of NGBS Green, Home Innovation’s building certification program based on the ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard ICC/ASHRAE -700. Previously, Michelle led Fannie Mae’s High-Performance Housing Initiative, where she developed the smart commute mortgage, revamped the energy efficient mortgage, and developed a methodology to calculate the carbon reduction from efficient homes so that they could be sold on the emerging greenhouse gas market. When she is home, she is leading the Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills to redesign her neighborhood to be more walkable, bikeable and transit accessible. Finding solutions to community and environmental issues all stemmed from her University of Virginia training as an urban planner and her time studying environmental issues at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

      • Jerud Martin, Co-owner/Custom Home Director, Urban NW Homes | View Bio
      • Jerud Martin

        Urban NW Homes | Co-owner/Custom Home Director

        Growing up the oldest son of a general contractor, Jerud’s interest in the building and construction industry was sparked at an early age—back when he used to accompany his dad to jobsites and straighten nails for a penny each. That spark ignited a passion for home building, as well as a desire to seek out responsible building practices. Today, he sits as Vice Chair of the Clark County Green Building Council and is co-owner of leading residential green builder, Urban Northwest Homes, in Vancouver, WA. As Urban Northwest’s Custom Homes Director, Jerud is committed to building every home—no matter the price point—to a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) level. With nearly two decades of industry experience, a handful of Net Zero home builds, and over 400 NGBS-certified homes built to date, Jerud’s mission is to continue to push the local market in building high performing, healthy and sustainable homes. He holds true to the belief that being a responsible builder will ensure a sustainable and healthy future for our current generation and generations to come.

      Founders Ballroom

      Until the National Green Building ICC/ASHRAE – 700 was developed, residential buildings lagged the green certification market because the margins are small, the returns are not enough to support certain green practices, and the cost/benefit analysis is different than for commercial buildings. Now, homes and multifamily buildings are seeking NGBS Green certification in record numbers because it offers a flexible, rigorous, and affordable rating system. The NGBS establishes practices for the design, construction, and renovation of green residential buildings and land developments.

      12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

      Manual R - "R" is for Rightsizing!

      Speakers

      • Greg Davenport, Mitsubishi Electric | View Bio
      • Greg Davenport

        Mitsubishi Electric

        Sessions to be presented:

        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.

      • Ryan Nieto, Green Canopy | View Bio
      • Ryan Nieto

        Green Canopy

        Sessions to be presented:

        Ryan has spent the last 10 years developing and applying his mechanical skills and systems driven thought process to the world of residential construction. Armed with a keen eye, knowledge of air movement, thermal transfer and building science, Ryan is now building processes and programs that allow Green Canopy to systematically fight the war against unintended air infiltration and heat loss within their homes. His love for the outdoors and mountain air drives him to inspire others to build homes that are healthy for both people and the environment.

      • Ingo Stroup, Building Energy | View Bio
      • Ingo Stroup

        Building Energy

        Sessions to be presented:

        Ingo Stroup is the founder and president of Building Energy, Inc., a RESNET rating provider/QA company located in Idaho. With almost 40 years of building science knowledge gained by practical, boots-on-the-ground education, he has become one of the leading experts in home performance. Ingo has rated over 5,000 homes in his career. As a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, he is charged with ensuring that the methods, processes and reporting meet or exceed the standard requirements. Building Energy provides energy services that include Manual J HVAC load calculations for building contractors and HVAC companies throughout the Northwest.

      Rose City Ballroom

      Modern homes in North America are getting smaller and building codes are constantly improving. These trends are leading to low-load homes that require smaller better designed HVAC systems. Oversized heating and cooling systems perform poorly in terms of energy use and comfort. ACCA, HVAC contractors, and high performance builders struggle to find good HVAC strategies for low load homes. Some examples of poor HVAC design for low-load homes include:
      -HVAC contractors who do not do accurate Manual J load calculations and hedge their bets with oversized equipment.
      - HVAC contractors who try to put wall-hung heads in every room for distribution with mini-split systems.
      - Two- and three-story homes with comfort problems due to stack effect and poor HVAC design.
      - Oversized multi zone mini split systems which perform poorly in the shoulder season.
      - Gas furnaces which are oversized for high performance homes and short cycle in shoulder season.

      In this presentation, we will look at the challenges and solutions for good HVAC design, primarily with mini-split systems, in low-load homes. 

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      Accurately Size Your HVAC in 15 Minutes

      Speakers

      • Christopher Dymond, NEEA | View Bio
      • Christopher Dymond

        NEEA

        Sessions to be presented:

        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.

      • Bruce Manclark, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      Rose City Ballroom

      Attendees will learn how to use a free online HVAC Sizing Tool to generate quick load calculations and duct designs for residential and small commercial buildings. 

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      Providing Energy Consultation to Builders: An Open Discussion on the value of Design Charrettes

      Speakers

      • Ryan Clemmer, HVAC Contractor and Builder, Evergreen | View Bio
      • Ryan Clemmer

        Evergreen | HVAC Contractor and Builder

        A native to San Diego, California, Ryan grew up in the “sunshine state” sailing, rock climbing, and surfing.  As an Oregon resident, his passion for outdoor adventure is fueled by what the Northwest has to offer. A builder by trade, Ryan carved out a niche in the industry in the Eugene area, where he was owner/builder of Ryan Clemmer Construction for eight years. Ryan’s building style is inspired by old timber-framing techniques with a craftsman finish. With a passion for energy efficiency, he turned his focus to work and support the efforts of Portland’s Clean Energy Works program. In 2019 Ryan joined forces with Tom Sorensen, another like-minded energy efficiency geek and mechanical contracting mind, to start Evergreen Building Systems. Ryan and Tom focus their work on quality designed mechanical installations for the residential and small commercial customer. With the relationships he’s built with builders in the Northwest and his passion to create value, he’s driven to build a business that bring together a science- based approach to solving problems with quality, long-lasting installations.

      • Greg Lasher, Residential Energy Efficiency Field Specialist, TRC | View Bio
      • Greg Lasher

        TRC | Residential Energy Efficiency Field Specialist

        As a Residential Energy Efficiency Field Specialist for TRC, Greg promotes energy programs and maintains relationships with builders, verifiers, contractors, and suppliers. He provides design assistance, program management, and technical building science guidance for new construction building. Greg has over 25 years of experience leading and managing projects and people in both the private and public sectors. He has worked for construction companies in the role of Building Analyst and General Manager conducting Home Performance Audits, modeling energy efficiency, cost estimating, and managing the sales and operations of a construction business. Among his specialties are blower door testing, combustion analysis, HVAC and duct design and testing, high efficiency domestic hot water systems, insulation, moisture remediation, indoor air quality, seismic retrofitting, and efficient lighting.

      • Tony Marnella, Marnella Homes | View Bio
      • Tony Marnella, of Marnella Homes, is a lifelong resident of the Northwest. He is a licensed real estate broker with over 33 years of experience and has over 23 years of building experience in both Oregon and Washington. His experience ranges from land development, condominiums and townhomes to ADUs and large custom homes. He began implementation of green practices in 2004 and hasn’t looked back, now building 100% of his projects certified through NGBS.

        Tony sits on the national advisory committee for NGBS and chairs their local NW Climate Committee and is also a member of the HBA’s Home Performance Council. He has been awarded for the performance of his homes and his continued achievements in green building by Northwest ENERGY STAR®, the HBA Excellence Award, Earth Advantage and their Hall of Fame Award and recently the NGBS Partner of Excellence.

      • Tyler Moffet, Moffet Energy Modeling | View Bio
      • Tyler Moffet began developing an interest in efficient building design as an intern at an HVAC consulting firm, later achieving a Master of Science degree in renewable energy engineering with a focus on efficient building design. Tyler spent considerable time developing an expertise in energy modeling, then using it as a tool to achieve energy goals in buildings. He has brought these methods to the building design industry to assist in the development of energy efficient homes and buildings.

      Founders Ballroom

      Design charettes have been in use for decades but are underutilized in the PNW single-family new construction industry. In this session, we will explore how collaborative design meetings can spark innovation and prevent mistakes when building for higher efficiency. We will consider questions like: Do design charettes really work? Do they present an opportunity to expand a verifier's business? Are charrettes well suited to the way homes are built or are they too formal? We will hear from verifiers who have become trusted energy consultants by implementing design charrettes to strengthen their relationships with builders. Builders and HVAC designers who have embraced design charrettes will share their thoughts on the value of inclusive design.

      3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

      Beyond Code Points: Creating Lasting Success with Heat Pump Water Heaters

      Speakers

      Founders Ballroom

      HPWHs are making inroads into new construction installations. State code and new homes' energy-efficient programs make HPWHs an attractive option for builders. In order to guarantee energy savings are maximized and customers are satisfied with the units, HPWHs must be sized correctly, installed according to code/ install specifications, commissioned in a manner assuring persistent savings, deliver hot water when required and, finally, the homebuyer must be educated regarding product attributes such as filter cleaning. This session will focus on how builders, verifiers and installers can maximize success with HPWHs by following simple design and install protocols.

      3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

      Today’s Passive Buildings - A Better Value for Utilities, Raters, and Developers

      Speakers

      • Tad Everhart, President, CertiPHIers Cooperative | View Bio
      • Tad Everhart

        CertiPHIers Cooperative | President

        Tad Everhart is a Passive House Institute-accredited building Certifier at CertiPHIers Cooperative, helps publish Passive House books and Passive House Buildings magazine, and curates Apogee Passive House Products Marketplace, a free online catalog of 450+ high-performance, Passive House products in 60+ categories.   Tad has written multiple articles on high-performance building materials and factory-assisted Passive House development. Tad helped design and build 40 homes in Portland in the 1990s including his family’s home which they retrofitted into a Passive House beginning in 2009, reducing overall energy consumption by over 50% and heating energy demand by 75%. Tad served on the boards of Passive House Northwest and the Passive House Institute U.S.  Tad has presented multiple times at EEBA, ACI, Passive House Northwest, Passive House California, PHIUS, and North American Passive House Network conferences.

      Founders Ballroom

      Once considered just the “left wing of building energy efficiency geeks,” Passive House is far more useful today for utilities, raters, and developers. First, the new Primary Energy Renewable (PER) metric rates the building EUI from the utility’s point of view. Making the rating far more valuable. PER models building energy consumption for the 100% renewably-powered future grid that will power buildings for most of their lifetimes. PER not only accounts for the nonsynchronous renewable generation and building load, but it does so for each application of power in the building. Every load has a distinct, measurable relationship to renewable power and includes the dimension of building location—what renewably-generated power is available in a particular region at particular times. 

      5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

      Exhibitor Cocktail Hour

      Xport Bar & Lounge

      6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

      After Dark Fright Night with Ann Edminster

      Speakers

      • Ann Edminster, Design AVEnues LLC | View Bio
      • Ann Edminster

        Design AVEnues LLC

        Ann Edminster, M.Arch., is an international expert on sustainable residential construction and zero net energy. A principal developer of LEED for Homes, Ann authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, the award-winning guide to designing and building zero-energy homes. She consults on zero-energy initiatives throughout North America, served as a 2015 US DOE Solar Decathlon juror, and is a board member and the project director for the Net Zero Energy Coalition. She collaborates with building professionals, utilities, non-profits, supply chain clients, investors, public agencies, and homeowners to create leading-edge projects and advocate for zero-energy and low-carbon building solutions at all scales. 

      The Porter Portland Hotel

      After Dark Fright Night

      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.

      This session will be followed by casual networking. Come mingle. Food and beverages will be provided.

    • 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      Designing With Dettson: A Verifier’s Experience in Design and Installing a Correctly Sized, Modulating Gas Furnace

      Speakers

      Rose City Ballroom

      The majority of new homes built in the Northwest are heated by natural gas. The typical gas furnace is oversized by a factor of two or three. Finding systems that are appropriately designed for low load is difficult. This leads to issues with short cycling, thermal stratification and swings in indoor temperature. This session will focus on the technical aspects of designing and installing a low-load modulating gas furnace as well as the experience of a seasoned verifier that installed one in their own low-load home.

      9:00 AM - 10:15 PM

      Common Building Assembly Successes and Failures: The Nexus Between Design, Constructability, Water, and Air Movement

      Speakers

      • Rick Blumenthal, Training Mgr., Technical Building Science Specialist, Knauf Insulation | View Bio
      • Rick has degrees in environmental conservation and environmental planning and has invested over 40 years in residential and commercial construction contracting and consulting, while promoting sustainable, resilient construction, energy conservation and comfortable, healthy buildings through best practices and applied building science. Rick is the Building Science Specialist and Training Manager for Knauf Insulation. He specializes in building enclosure design and analysis including critical detailing and assists in selecting sustainable materials and systems for both residential and commercial construction. He also trains builders and trade contractors in best practice applications for insulation and air sealing. Rick is the chair of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Building Insulation Committee, with additional associations with ASHRAE, ICC and NFPA.

      Founders Ballroom

      This discussion will be focused on how buildings age. Focus will be put on the details surrounding failures and successes as well as the effects of interior and exterior atmospheric conditions on buildings and occupants. The presentation will include detailed examples of energy efficient framing and how wall floor and ceiling / roof assemblies are constructed by CZ.

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      Smart Home Energy Management Systems: Past, Present, and Future

      Speakers

      • ​Emily Kemper, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • ​Emily Kemper

        CLEAResult

        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.

      Rose City Ballroom

      Learn about the benefits of smart home energy management systems (SHEMS) to consumers. Discover the challenges inherent in smart home approaches and understand the opportunities for above-code new homes presented by smart home products.

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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

      Speakers

      • Brice Lang, ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | View Bio
      • Brice Lang

        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program

        Hailing from Boise, Idaho and now living in Washington DC, Brice Lang is the Partner Support Manager for EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program. He has worked on the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program for 8 years—first as a contractor at the Northwest regional level, and now with EPA at the national level. Brice received his bachelor’s degree from Linfield College in 2008, where he majored in Marketing and English. In 2011, he kickstarted his building science education by earning Earth Advantage’s Sustainable Homes Professional accreditation. Brice’s current role focuses on supporting 3,000+ ENERGY STAR partners and stakeholders via administrative, educational and marketing support. 

      • Bruce Manclark, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      • Dan Wildenhaus, TRC | View Bio
      • 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. 

      Founders Ballroom

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

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      Rater Panel: A Platform for a Valuable Voice

      Speakers

      • Elizabeth Coe, Ecoe Company | View Bio
      • Elizabeth Coe

        Ecoe Company

        Elizabeth Coe is a certified Home Energy Rater and Sustainable Building Advisor with 15 years of experience in the residential building industry. Eight years ago, Elizabeth started Ecoe Company and now considers herself fortunate to work with great builders as a Rater/Verifier and building science consultant on some of the coolest high-performance and net-zero energy homes being built in Western Washington. She enjoys being in the "spreadsheet zone" working on energy models, but her favorite times are in the field doing site inspections and blower door tests. Elizabeth designed and helped to build her own high-performance home where she lives with her husband, two teenagers and two big dogs.

      • Jacob Hooper, Swiftsure Energy Services | View Bio
      • Jacob Hooper

        Swiftsure Energy Services

        Jacob Hooper is a RESNET Rater at Swiftsure Energy Services, where he serves as a third-party verifier, green-building expert, and ICC Plans Examiner. In addition to conducting HERS and EPS ratings, Jacob also certifies for the ENERGY STAR®, and is accredited with Home Innovation Research Labs to verify for the 2012/2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) where he has nearly 300 homes certified or currently seeking a certification of silver or higher. In his spare time, Jacob spends time with his family in Longview. He likes to go rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, and camping when he's not being kept busy with his hobby and love for Dungeons and Dragons.

      • Megan Kramer, Megan Kramer Consulting | View Bio
      • Megan Kramer

        Megan Kramer Consulting

        Megan Kramer is a Home Energy Rater based in central Washington. She verifies new homes for ENERGY STAR®, Built Green and several high-performance homes rebate programs. After earning her master’s degree in green design at Carnegie Mellon University, Megan spent several years in Central Oregon representing Energy Trust of Oregon, working in the HVAC industry and managing a community action agency weatherization program.

      • Ron Nardozza, Four Walls | View Bio
      • Ron Nardozza is the founder and president of Four Walls Inc, a small local company engaged in energy efficiency ratings, testing and consulting for ENERGY STAR®, Energy Trust of Oregon (EPS), HERS and related programs in residential, multi-family and small commercial construction. He brings over four decades of residential construction experience to the table and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and construction from the University of Oregon. Four Walls Inc is engaged in projects throughout NW Oregon and SW Washington.

      • Lori Sanders, Energy Incentives and PUD Commissioner | View Bio
      • Lori Sanders

        Energy Incentives and PUD Commissioner

        Lori Sanders is currently the owner of Energy Incentives, INC. Located in the Tri-Cities, she enjoys long-term business relationships with outstanding builders and industry leaders. Lori’s company has been awarded ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in both 2017 and 2018. She operates in both the residential and commercial spaces to assist builders in code compliance, building science, and optimizing utility rebates. Lori’s passion for all things energy led her to run for public office as a PUD Commissioner — a role in which she has successfully served for 14 years. Lori has also served on the Executive Board of Energy Northwest, a joint action agency that provides carbon-free nuclear, solar, wind, and hydro generation. She is an advocate for affordable housing and volunteers in a charity that provides clean water to third-world countries. Stay tuned to hear Lori’s unique perspective on how to add value and better serve our customers.

      Rose City Ballroom

      Regional raters and verifiers are our industry's “boots on the ground,” and play an integral role at the nexus between programs, energy efficiency, and builders. Their insights are invaluable for emerging trends, builder pain-points, market barriers, and overall success of utility programs. Their voices must be heard as programs and building practices evolve to help better adapt to a changing housing market. This session will serve as a panel discussion with raters and verifiers providing feedback and discussion to questions ranging from recipes for a successful strategy, biggest hurdles with builders, barriers in the rating business, ideas on how we push to the next level of building, and feedback on how programs can better suit the needs of the industry.

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      Choosing Sustainable Materials and Construction Practices for Performance, Resiliency and the Benefit of Humanity

      Speakers

      • Rick Blumenthal, Training Mgr., Technical Building Science Specialist, Knauf Insulation | View Bio
      • Rick has degrees in environmental conservation and environmental planning and has invested over 40 years in residential and commercial construction contracting and consulting, while promoting sustainable, resilient construction, energy conservation and comfortable, healthy buildings through best practices and applied building science. Rick is the Building Science Specialist and Training Manager for Knauf Insulation. He specializes in building enclosure design and analysis including critical detailing and assists in selecting sustainable materials and systems for both residential and commercial construction. He also trains builders and trade contractors in best practice applications for insulation and air sealing. Rick is the chair of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Building Insulation Committee, with additional associations with ASHRAE, ICC and NFPA.

      Founders Ballroom

      This presentation and discussion will focus on the various criteria that can affect performance, functionality, health, IAQ and cost to name a few. Examples of sustainable materials and manufacturing practices will be discussed as well as presenting resources that support decision making when evaluating cost, value and transparency.

2018 Presenters


Brenda Nunes

Nunes Group at Keller Williams Eastside

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Brenda Nunes

Nunes Group at Keller Williams Eastside

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

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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

CLEAResult

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

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

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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

Building Efficiency Resources

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

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

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

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

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 physician and former associate professor of medicine from California. He has been interested in environmental issues since at least his undergraduate days and gave his first public presentation on energy issues—a lecture on nuclear power and weapons—while still a family medicine resident in San Francisco. Sandy and his wife live north of Bellingham in a Passivhaus-certified home completed in 2019. He drives a pure electric vehicle or PEV, and his wife a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV. Both are largely charged from of a pair of solar arrays. They share their five acres with goats, chickens and sometimes grandchildren.

Scott Flynn

indieDwell

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Scott Flynn

indieDwell

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

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

Leading Force Energy & Design Center

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

CLEAResult

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: Denney Gardens
  • October 16, 2019, 4‒5 p.m.

  • 9819 SW Denney Rd., Beaverton, OR 97008| View Directions

In town early? Join us October 16 from 4-5 p.m. for a field site visit to Denney Gardens, a new nine-unit affordable housing development at various stages of construction that offers the opportunity to tour homes at finish, rough, framing and foundation stages.

All attendees must sign a waiver of liability and need to wear closed-toe shoes, preferably boots. 

Public transportation is available via the bus system: TriMet Bus Line 56. Use the TriMet Trip Planner to plan your trip. Approximate travel time is 40 minutes from the Porter hotel to site visit location. Cost is $2.50 for up to 2.5 hours.

  • Company Name: Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
  • Certifications: EPS, Energy Trust Solar Ready, Earth Advantage Platinum, EPA WaterSense, EPA Indoor airPLUS and ENERGY STAR®
  • Rating CompanyEarth Advantage
  • Features: High-efficiency gas furnaces, tankless gas water heaters, advanced wall measures (R-28 thermal break shear wall), heat recovery ventilation (HRV), 1.8 ACH blower door score and solar ready
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After Dark Fright Night with Ann Edminster
  • Oct. 17, 2019, 6:15-8:30 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.

This session will be followed by casual networking. Come mingle. Food and beverages will be provided.

Accommodations

Event Venue: 

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

The housing cutoff date has passed. Rooms are based on hotel availability.

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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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