Home Efficiency Forum 2018 Recap


Listed below are the available resources from each session presented at Home Efficiency Forum 2018.

    • Disrupting the Model Home

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      • Scott Flynn, indieDwell | View Bio
      • 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. 

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      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.

      HVAC Technologies for Today’s New Homes and Tomorrow

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      • 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.

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      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.

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

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      • 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.

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      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.

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

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      • 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.

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      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.

      A New Load-Based Testing Procedure for HVAC Systems

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      • 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.

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      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.

      A Sea Change

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

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      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.

      The Building Science of Efficient Envelopes

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      • ​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. 

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      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.

      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.

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      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.

      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.

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      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.

      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. 

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      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.

      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.

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      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.

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

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      • ​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.

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      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.

      Where the Air Goes In and Where the Air Comes Out

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      • 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.

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      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. 

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