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.

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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

Align your brand with the future of advanced energy-efficient residential new construction. Become a sponsor of Home Efficiency Forum 2018. Email info@BetterBuiltNW.com to learn about sponsorship levels and benefits.

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).

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Registration | Check-in Breakfast

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

      Welcome Remarks

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      Disrupting the Model Home

      Speakers

      • Scott Flynn, indieDwell | View Bio
      • Scott Flynn

        indieDwell

        Sessions to be presented:

        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. 

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Workforce housing, attainable housing, affordable housing — a variety of terms are used to describe housing that is in short supply and causing a crisis in every county in this country. indieDwell set out to build a quality home at an affordable price, and in doing so discovered solutions to many rampant housing issues. In this session, you’ll hear about indieDwell’s model for building homes that are affordable but keep sight of their primary objectives, such as durability, sustainability, occupant health and energy efficiency.

      9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      HVAC Technologies for Today’s New Homes and Tomorrow

      Speakers

      • Christopher Dymond, NEEA | View Bio
      • 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.

      • Mark Jerome, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      HVAC technologies for efficient new homes have changed over the last decade and will continue to change into the future. This interactive session focuses on the design and impact of current HVAC technologies and examines forward-thinking ideas to heat and cool the efficient homes of tomorrow.

      10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

      Break

      The Grove Hotel

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      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      A Breath of Fresh Air: Talking About IAQ in Homes, Beyond Ventilation

      Speakers

      • 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. 

      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Dilution is the solution to indoor air pollution. NOT! While an important part of establishing and maintaining high levels of indoor air quality, dilution rate is only one component of IAQ. This session will focus on strategies to incorporate the four horsemen of IAQ: filtration, dilution, source control and distribution. Learn how to establish and maintain high levels of IAQ and not just check a box.

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      What’s in Your Toolkit? Creating and Adopting Green Building Incentives

      Speakers

      • Leah Missik, Built Green | View Bio
      • 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.

      • ​Rose Lathrop, Sustainable Connections | View Bio
      • ​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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Green building incentives offered by utilities and municipalities have the power to shape the market – but only if the carrot in question meets the context at hand. What works in Seattle may not work in Sedro-Woolley, but energy-efficient building everywhere should be rewarded, compensated with its positive impacts. After researching the efficacy of incentives that have been implemented regionally and nationally, Shift Zero, a zero net carbon building alliance, created a toolkit that clearly outlines what types of incentives work based on location and building type. To truly have an impact, after completing the toolkit, team members embarked on an outreach effort to encourage local municipalities and utilities to adopt new incentives or update existing ones. Learn more about proven, impactful incentives and current adoption efforts in Washington—efforts that can be replicated around the entire Pacific Northwest and have real potential to transform our built environment.

      12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

      Lunch

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      A New Load-Based Testing Procedure for HVAC Systems

      Speakers

      • Charlie Stephens, NEEA | View Bio
      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Over the last four years, a CSA task group developed a new test and rating procedure for heat pump and air conditioning systems that tests a system under load, managed by its own controls, and under a wide range of outdoor conditions. It then uses the data to provide seasonal COP ratings for heating and cooling. Testing and rating of a few dozen systems of interest is now underway in multiple test labs. This session will provide an overview of the procedures, the reasons for their development, and how these procedures can be used going forward.

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      A Sea Change

      Speakers

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

        Energy and Resilience Educator

        Sessions to be presented:

        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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      In this session, Sandy Lawrence will share his personal experience going from a retired academic physician to an energy and resilience educator and enthusiast. He and his family are finishing the construction of the first two PHIUS-certified structures in Whatcom County, Washington, and Sandy will discuss why thoughtful concern for factors such as siting, fire resistance, intense precipitation events, high risk of drought, and potential temporary islanding from the grid is important in the design and development of high-performance homes. He’ll do so against a background of broader resilience topics that may shape how we build in the future, including overpopulation, king tides, storm surges, acidification, deoxygenation, coral bleaching, plastification and overfishing.

      2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

      Break

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

      The Building Science of Efficient Envelopes

      Speakers

      • ​Emily Kemper, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      • David Heslam, Earth Advantage | View Bio
      • 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. 

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      In an industry where cost-effectiveness is dwindling and construction costs are rising, residential energy efficiency professionals often struggle to prove the value of new approaches. However, as demonstrated recently in both new construction and existing renovation projects, Thermal Break Shear (TBS) wall has the potential to cost-effectively increase the efficiency of a home, as well as provide seismic resilience. In this session, presenters will discuss the building science of efficient envelopes using examples such as TBS wall to demonstrate how advanced construction practices can improve the baseline efficiency of new residential construction. Presenters will also discuss how additional non-energy benefits such as health, comfort, and seismic resiliency could be included in packages of energy efficiency measures in programs.

      3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

      The Consumer View – Finding Common Ground with Prospective Home Buyers

      Speakers

      • Thomas Anreise, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      • ​Naaman Hannu, New Tradition Homes | View Bio
      • ​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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      To remain competitive, builders must incorporate a range of emerging products and practices, as well as understand how to effectively convey the value of these components. We’ll use findings from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) Market Research and builder/buyer focus groups as a backdrop for communicating the value of energy-efficient construction practices. What matters to consumers, and how do we accommodate these sensibilities for mutual benefit? How do we educate the market on energy choices when purchasing a home? This interactive session will propose and workshop ideas for connecting societal needs with consumer priorities and builder sales messaging.

      4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

      Exhibitor Time

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

      Get Ready, the Future is Not a Repeat of Current Practices

      Speakers

      • Ken Baker, Managing Partner, Open Spaces NW | View Bio
      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      According to McKinsey Global Institute, construction holds the honor of having the lowest productivity of any industry. You should see this as an opportunity. Why? Because if you’re willing to become just a little innovative in your approach to residential work, you will become a leader, and you will have work when others hit the inevitable slowdown. Poor productivity equates to lost money, extra dollars being spent to just get the job done. And then, is the job done well?

      This session will offer examples of what some of the best construction industry entrepreneurs are doing to capture and build market share, as well as provide you with some idea of the changes that are coming soon to the construction industry in your backyard.

    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

      Breakfast

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      Decision-Makers Panel

      Speakers

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

        Benton REA

        Sessions to be presented:

        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.

      • James Marker, Puget Sound Energy | View Bio
      • James Marker

        Puget Sound Energy

        Sessions to be presented:

        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 | View Bio
      • Jess Kincaid

        Bonneville Power Administration

        Sessions to be presented:

        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 | View Bio
      • ​Jon Belmont

        NEEA

        Sessions to be presented:

        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.

      • Robert Frost, Benton PUD
      • Scott Leonard, Energy Trust of Oregon | View Bio
      • Scott Leonard

        Energy Trust of Oregon

        Sessions to be presented:

        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.

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      In this moderated session, attendees will hear directly from the people who create and run the programs that help the region build more efficient new homes. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of representatives from utilities and program administrators. 

      9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

      Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Strategies for High Performance Homes

      Speakers

      • Greg Davenport, Mitsubishi Electric | View Bio
      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Airtight energy-efficient homes present special challenges for indoor air quality, ventilation and distribution of heating and cooling. This session will discuss new HVAC strategies for the modern built environment to improve indoor air quality, comfort and energy efficiency, including basic duct design principles, high-performance ventilation strategies, using ducted mini-split systems and transfer fans to get optimal heating and cooling distribution, the integration of air handlers with HRVs, and balanced ventilation systems.

      10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

      Break

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      Take Off Your Mittens! How Communication Can Make or Break a Field Professional’s Ability to Effect Change in the Market

      Speakers

      • ​Heidi McCullough, Building Efficiency Resources | View Bio
      • 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.

      • 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. 

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Effective communication is essential to a verifier or consultant’s ability to effect change in building practices. From responding to pushback when an assembly fails to meet a standard or employ best-practices, to translating a misused term, the way we speak and respond on site has as much impact on our effectiveness as the depth of our knowledge. Presenters will draw from years of fieldwork in a variety of markets for examples of how effective communication can drive performance in projects and how QA obstacles can be faced in a way that leads to changes in practice without compromising key ally relationships.

      10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      Homes of the Immediate Future – Sensible Approaches in Use Today

      Speakers

      • Thomas Anreise, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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 | View Bio
      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      This session will communicate the need for more energy-efficient housing as populations continue to increase, as well as explore the simplest and most cost-conscious ways of affecting energy use in residential structures. We’ll look at low-impact housing approaches and proven methods for decreasing energy use and demand in homes against the backdrop of cost and energy use data from the Next Step Homes pilots and other initiatives in the region.

      12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

      Lunch

      The Grove Hotel

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      Go Big and Go Home: Advanced Building Science and Sales Strategies for an Ultra-Efficient Sustainable Neighborhood in Central Washington

      Speakers

      • ​Emily Kemper, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      • Steve Weise, Leading Force Energy & Design Center | View Bio
      • 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.

      • Brenda Nunes, Nunes Group at Keller Williams Eastside | View Bio
      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      Washington has one of the strictest residential codes in the country, but that isn’t stopping Steve Weise and his team at the Leading Force Energy & Design Center of Yakima from building homes that exceed Washington energy code requirements by more than 40 percent. In this session, Steve will present his vision for Selah Vista, a community of incredibly high-performance homes with distributed generation and an array of sustainable features, as well as the building science techniques that help these homes reach Zero Energy Ready status. Real Estate Agent Brenda Nunes will explain the process of selling such high-performance homes, including the comfort, control and health benefits that appeal to typical homebuyers.

      1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

      Where the Air Goes In and Where the Air Comes Out

      Speakers

      • 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.

      The Grove Hotel, Ivy Conference Room

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      245 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702

      The house is tight, the ducts don’t leak, it has plenty of insulation, but the occupants complain about comfort. Selecting the best GRD is made more complicated with variable speed equipment. This session will focus on the selection and placement of grilles registers and diffusers to produce comfort and efficiency. 

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

​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 Event with Ken Baker
  • Oct. 11, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m.

  • The Grove Hotel, Aspen/Cedar Conference Rooms | 208.333.8000 | View Directions

Ken Baker, who has been working in building energy efficiency since 1978, presents on the topic “Get Ready, the Future Is Not a Repeat of Current Practices.” This session will offer examples of what some of the best construction industry entrepreneurs are doing to capture and build market share, as well as provide you with some idea of the changes that are coming soon to the construction industry in your backyard.

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

Accommodations   

Event Venue:                
The Grove Hotel
245 South Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702
208.333.8000

Overflow Accommodations:            Hotel 43
981 W Grove St.
Boise, ID 83702
208.342.4622

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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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