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Home Efficiency Forum gives Northwest building experts a chance to break new ground in high-efficiency building practices. Our 2019 theme is Expanding Opportunities. Join us for two days of trainings, networking and inspiring conversation on the future of residential new construction.

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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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Events and Networking

Featured Session: Rater Panel - A Platform for a Valuable Voice

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.

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2019 Agenda

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

    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Field Site Visit: Raleigh 22

      Raleigh 22

      NW Raleigh St & NW 22nd Ave Portland, OR 97210

      In town early? Join us October 16 from 4-5 p.m. for a field site visit to Raleigh 22, a new 6-story mixed-use building pursuing LEED Gold certification. This energy-efficient building includes 173 residential units with ground floor commercial space in the Slabtown area of Northwest Portland.

      All attendees must sign a waiver of liability and need to wear closed-toe shoes, preferably boots. Other protective wear is also required (hardhat, bright colored vest and protective eyewear) and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

    • 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 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.

      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.

      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

      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 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.

      • Ingo Stroup

      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 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

      • 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.

      • Ryan Clemmer, HVAC Contractor and Builder, Evergreen

      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

      • Kevin Clark, Rheem
      • Gregg Holiday, Bradford White
      • Geoff Wicks, Senior Product Manager, NEEA | View Bio
      • Geoff Wicks

        NEEA | Senior Product Manager

        As a Senior Product Manager for NEEA’s emerging technologies efforts, Geoff works closely with utilities and trade allies to help identify and prove out innovative energy-efficient technologies to transform markets. Geoff currently supports heat pump water heaters, extended motor products and actively scans on other motor driven products. Currently, he heads the Pump Systems Matter board and sits on the Compressed Air Challenge board. Geoff’s background in energy efficiency and conservation has included management in the fields of instrumentation, manufacturing, construction, IT and utility market transformation. He holds a B.S. in Geography and Liberal Arts from Oregon State University, and has been a LEED 2.0-accredited professional since 2004. Geoff’s interests outside of work include exploring the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders on foot, bike and human powered boats.

      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. 

      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

      • Ron Nardozza, Four Walls

      Founders 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

      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

      • Trevor Frick, CLEAResult | View Bio
      • 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.

      • Tom Balderston
      • Elizabeth Coe
      • Megan Kramer
      • Kent Mitchell
      • Lori Sanders

      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.

2019 Presenters


Rick Blumenthal

Knauf Insulation | Training Mgr., Technical Building Science Specialist

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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.

Kevin Clark

Rheem

Ryan Clemmer

Evergreen | HVAC Contractor and Builder

Elizabeth Coe
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.

Christopher Dymond

NEEA

View Bio

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.

Ann Edminster

Design AVEnues LLC

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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. 

Tad Everhart

CertiPHIers Cooperative | President

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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.

Michelle Foster

Home Innovation Research Labs | VP Innovation Services

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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.

Trevor Frick

CLEAResult

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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.

Jonathan P Jones

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

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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.

​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.

Megan Kramer
Brice Lang

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

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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. 

Greg Lasher

TRC | Residential Energy Efficiency Field Specialist

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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.

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.

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.

Jerud Martin

Urban NW Homes | Co-owner/Custom Home Director

Kent Mitchell
Ron Nardozza

Four Walls

Lori Sanders
John Spillman

Earth Advantage | Trainer

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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.

Ingo Stroup
Geoff Wicks

NEEA | Senior Product Manager

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Geoff Wicks

NEEA | Senior Product Manager

As a Senior Product Manager for NEEA’s emerging technologies efforts, Geoff works closely with utilities and trade allies to help identify and prove out innovative energy-efficient technologies to transform markets. Geoff currently supports heat pump water heaters, extended motor products and actively scans on other motor driven products. Currently, he heads the Pump Systems Matter board and sits on the Compressed Air Challenge board. Geoff’s background in energy efficiency and conservation has included management in the fields of instrumentation, manufacturing, construction, IT and utility market transformation. He holds a B.S. in Geography and Liberal Arts from Oregon State University, and has been a LEED 2.0-accredited professional since 2004. Geoff’s interests outside of work include exploring the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders on foot, bike and human powered boats.

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. 

R22 Perspective From 22Nd Raleigh Rendering

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Field Site Visit: Raleigh 22
  • October 16, 2019, 4‒5 p.m.

  • NW Raleigh St & NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 | View Directions

In town early? Join us October 16 from 4-5 p.m. for a field site visit to Raleigh 22, a new 6-story mixed-use building pursuing LEED Gold certification. This energy-efficient building includes 173 residential units with ground floor commercial space in the Slabtown area of Northwest Portland.

All attendees must sign a waiver of liability and need to wear closed-toe shoes, preferably boots. Other protective wear is also required (hardhat, bright colored vest and protective eyewear) and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.


Ann Edminster

Ann Edminster

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

  • The Porter Portland Hotel, | 503.306.4800 | View Directions

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

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

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

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

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

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Accommodations

Event Venue: 

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

The Porter Hotel
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Driving Directions

From the North (Seattle) Southbound on I-5:

Take exit 300B off of I-5 Southbound. After exiting, follow the City Center signs which will take you across the Morrison Bridge. Use the RIGHT lane to take the NAITO PKWY SOUTH ramp to Interstate 5 SOUTH. Merge onto SW NAITO PKWY/PACIFIC HWY W. Turn RIGHT onto SW CLAY ST. Turn RIGHT at the 2nd cross street onto SW 2ND AVE. Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light and The Porter will be on your left-hand side.

From the South (Salem) Northbound on I-5:

Take the I-405 exit, EXIT 299B, on the LEFT toward CITY CENTER/US-26 W/BEAVERTON. Take EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward NAITO PKWY./JAPANESE-AMERICAN HIST. PLAZA. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SW HARBOR DR. Continue onto SW CLAY ST. Turn RIGHT at the 2nd cross street onto SW 2ND AVE. Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light and The Porter will be on your left-hand side.

Parking Options

The Porter Portland offers valet parking for $45.00. Other day parking options include area parking lots and garages ranging from $16-$22 per day. MAX Light Rail is an option for local transit. You can plan your trip here.

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