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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

General Session

1–2 pm

How do you plan for what's next? Meet leaders who are thinking about the future—now. Their knowledge will help you navigate risk and gain the insight you need to boost your ability to seize opportunities. Kick off the conference with not one, but 4 general session speakers who will make their best predictions about what's next.

Code evolution Isaac Elnecave, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Research Scott Pigg, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Materials Peter Yost, Building Green, Inc.
High performance homes market Mark Wahl, Cobblestone Builders

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Sponsored by ComEd


Air sealing beyond the attic

We do a great job of air-sealing in the attic, but what about the rest of the house? Why do our best efforts to reduce CFM readings sometimes fall short of our goals? While correctly focusing on stack-effect, technicians tend to ignore factors like wind and HVAC induced-pressure differentials. This session will address these issues, explain complex and confounding situations, and explore retrofit strategies to reduce uncontrolled air-leakage in places other than the attic.

TRACK: Weatherizing existing homes

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Bob Pfeiffer, WECC

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Balmoral Ballroom

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) in residential and commercial buildings

With IAQ concerns in every home and building and energy prices in flux, what is an energy professional to do? Energy recovery systems can bring in the code required outside air and save energy doing it. In this session we will discuss Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) fundamentals, technology choices, and code requirements. Commercial and residential applications will both be discussed.

TRACK: Ventilation

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Ryan Hoger, LEED AP, Temperature Equipment Corporation

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Love B

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


The role and viability of third-party residential HVAC design, and the path to performance

What if every new home in the country was required to have all mechanical systems designed by a third party in order to obtain a residential building permit? How would that affect HVAC contractors and does it "guarantee" homeowner comfort, fewer call backs and low energy use? These are some of the questions we'll discuss as we weigh the benefits and drawbacks of third-party HVAC design. Come prepared for a lively discussion on the pros and cons of this process and the role that energy codes and certifications have on the residential HVAC industry.

TRACK: Mechanical systems

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Chris Laumer-Giddens, LG Squared, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Love A

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


New construction details that make the difference

The devil is in the details and it is especially apt for new home construction. Learn the finer points of constructing homes to achieve a high level of energy efficiency and IAQ. These details include stopping thermal breaks, reducing air leakage, bringing ducts into the conditioned space and effectively connecting foundations to wall assembles and wall assemblies to roof systems. We'll show you practical approaches that use commonly found materials to get the job done right.

David Johnston is unable to present during the Illinois Better Buildings: Better Business Conference due to circumstances beyond our control. William Turner will lead this session in his absence.

TRACK: New home construction

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
William Turner, Turner Building Science and Design, LLC

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–5:30 pm
Midway auditorium

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


session will be recorded for on-demand viewingHigh performance mechanical systems for light commercial buildings

Advances in building codes and demands from end users have resulted in high performance building enclosures in the light commercial building sector. With high performance enclosures comes the potential for HVAC strategies that can be simpler, less expensive, more efficient, and easier to maintain and control. Often, this "holy grail" of features is not achieved because mechanical systems are not designed or selected to take full advantage of the high performance enclosure. We'll define high performance enclosures for light commercial buildings and address heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification, zoning, comfort and controls-both existing and emerging solutions.

TRACK: Small commercial building efficiency

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
John Straube, Building Science Consulting, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Main Stage in the expo

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Window and door installation practices

Ken will demonstrate window and door installations for both replacement and new construction based on ASTM Standard 2112. Become familiar with the concepts of both barrier systems and membrane/drainage systems to ensure the continuity of the building envelope.

TRACK: Window and door installations

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Kenneth Wiedenfeld, Architectural Testing

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Demo Area 1

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Wifi enabled pressure gauges: test faster and smarter and have your results verified over the internet

See blower door test results live – from your office. The new Smart Gauges can communicate with any smart phone and allow code officials or supervisors to see live results and provide a new level of interactive training. Auditors will be able to see the results and control the fan from their phone, without dragging hoses or cables around. Smart Manometers and wifi communication will become industry requirements.

TRACK: Blower doors: new technology

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Joe Medosch, Retrotec Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Demo Area 2

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NARI, NATE


Video marketing for home performance: hands on YouTube workshop

Learn to quickly and effectively attract and educate your future clients with online video. In this session, Grace will script, shoot, edit, upload, and advertise a 1-minute video with audience participation. Increase your lead generation, client conversion, and reputation with this simple and ingenious tool.

TRACK: Business Development

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Grace Lunsford, Green Dream Group, LLC

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  2:30–3:45 pm
Metro Place

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET


Combusion safety testing

Combustion safety is a critical component of a home's overall safety, especially in high performance homes. This is a Combustion Safety Test (CST) refresher course for Building Analysts and Envelope Professionals. In this presentation, we will discuss CAZ depressurization, as well as the spillage, draft, and carbon monoxide tests as defined by BPI.

TRACK: Weatherizing existing homes

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Joe Konopacki, Insight Property Services, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Balmoral Ballroom

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET


Ventilation: sizing and installation for IECC 2012

IECC 2012, Energy Star for New Homes, Home Performance with Energy Star for Existing Homes, LEED, NAHB, BPI, RESNET and other certifications/certification bodies require a general knowledge of ventilation systems from both a sizing and installation perspective. Yet, auditors, raters, building code officials, HVAC contractors and many others are left to figure out how to size and prescribe ventilation systems on their own. Learn how to specify the right-sized ventilation system to meet ASHRAE 62.2 and IECC 2012.

TRACK: Ventilation

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Robert Schildgen, Priority Energy

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Love B

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET


session will be recorded for on-demand viewingMechanical systems for low-load housing

Building enclosures have improved dramatically (better insulation, better windows and more airtight) resulting in lower peak heating and cooling loads-even in cold climates. In fact, much housing now requires higher output heating devices for domestic hot water than space heating, and annual energy demand for domestic hot water may be larger than space heating. However, conventional heating and cooling equipment isn't sized for these reduced loads. We'll discuss problems with and solutions for low-load HVAC systems.

TRACK: Mechanical systems

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
John Straube, Building Science Consulting, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Main Stage in the expo

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET


2012 IECC effects on light commercial ventilation equipment

Now that changes to the energy code have been made; how do you educate the business owner? The 2012 IECC is designed to increase building efficiency by 20% above the 2009 IECC edition. In order to actually achieve that level of efficiency, greater awareness of the options is necessary. Come to this workshop to explore tools that can help you explain the new requirements. We will review 2012 IECC tables designed to simplify the code requirements when replacing equipment. With a greater understanding of the code comes effective communication of the options, which could put you in a better position to showcase your expertise and demonstrate your leadership.

TRACK: Small commercial building efficiency

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Steve Gardner, Building and Fire Code Academy

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Metro Place

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Sealant concepts for window and door flashing applications

Learn how and why sealants and membranes are used with window and door flashing installations. We will demonstrate the use of sealants with flashing applications and how they are a critical component for the prevention of water and air entry to promote durability and energy savings for the building envelope.

TRACK: Window and door installations

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Thomas Harris, Henkel Corporation

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Demo Area 1

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Variable speed geothermal technology: the best of the best

Geothermal heating and cooling is an efficient way to heat and cool buildings, and now the GEO variable speed units provide even greater efficiencies. No other heating and cooling system can match EER ratings up to 41 and COPs of 5.7. We will review the components and operation of these new technologies. See how air and ground temperatures along with airflow are all monitored with easy access for the homeowner or technician.

TRACK: Geothermal

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
David Buss, Connor Company

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Demo Area 3

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, IACET, NAHB, NARI, NATE


Proactive transactions: sales and service training for energy efficiency professionals

Have you conducted two similar audits on the same day only to have one result in work while the other couldn't end fast enough? If so, this session is for you. While you may provide a technically accurate home assessment, you also need skills that encourage customers to follow through on recommendations and understand why they are effective. Participants will learn how emotional intelligence can positively affect technical delivery, and in turn increase conversion rates. This course was built specifically for professionals in this industry using CSG's 29 years of experience in the field.

TRACK: Business Development

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Kevin Farrell, Conservation Services Group

WHEN / WHERE:
Tue, Dec 10  ·  4:15–5:30 pm
Love A

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NARI, NATE, RESNET



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

session will be recorded for on-demand viewingBecome a building enclosure control freak

Building enclosures separate conditioned space from unconditioned spaces. They are responsible for controlling the flows of moisture, air, and heat. When the control layers are designed and installed properly, the results are comfort, healthfulness, durability, and energy efficiency. When control layers are done improperly, those qualities are compromised. In this half-day workshop, we'll take a close look at control layers as well as some of the common control layer problems and solutions in buildings.

TRACK: Building envelope

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Allison Bailes III, Energy Vanguard

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–11:30 am
Main Stage in the expo

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Nicor Gas


Spray foam insulation: what to use, when, and how

Spray foam insulations are neither the universally right choice nor the wrong one to every insulating/air sealing situation. We'll take a comprehensive look at spray foam insulations, including their hygrothermal properties, environmental impacts (blowing agents and flame retardants), health and safety considerations, application issues (such as temperature), and code considerations. We'll also take a look at the same considerations for alternative insulating/air sealing materials/systems.

TRACK: Insulating and air sealing

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Peter Yost, BuildingGreen, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–9:45 am
Love A

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Illinois energy code for residential HVAC

The state of Illinois began following the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) earlier this year. There are many new requirements for residential new construction, as well as existing homes. Some of these have had a very profound effect on the HVAC system installation, such as load calculations, duct sealing and insulation, duct leakage performance testing, programmable thermostats, mechanical ventilation, etc. We will review each HVAC requirement in detail and discuss solution strategies.

TRACK: Mechanical systems

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Ryan Hoger, LEED AP, Temperature Equipment Corporation

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–9:45 am
Love B

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Resource Solutions Group


Ventilation product and control options

As construction practices improve and new homes become tighter and more energy efficient, it is imperative that ventilation best practices are employed to control moisture levels and improve indoor air quality. This skill building workshop is designed to help residential building professionals learn how to effectively ventilate homes. Joe will bring a variety of ventilation systems for you to compare features and measure airflow with different duct configurations.

TRACK: New home construction

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Joe Nagan, Home Building Technology Services

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–9:45 am
Metro Place

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by EFI


Deep energy savings in multifamily buildings

Energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily buildings create benefits to building owners, managers, tenants, and contractors alike. Learn how the Energy Savers Multifamily program connects contractors and multifamily building owners to implement energy efficiency improvements. We'll present savings analyses on retrofitted buildings to help contractors make the case for building owners to invest in highly cost-effective energy conservation measures. Find out about current rebate offerings and their applications, other sources of energy efficiency grant funding and financing options, such as on-bill financing.

TRACK: Energy efficiency in multi-use buildings

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Jason Ransby-Sporn, CNT Energy

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–9:45 am
Balmoral Ballroom

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Natural Resources Defense Council


Window and door installation practices

Ken will demonstrate window and door installations for both replacement and new construction based on ASTM Standard 2112. Become familiar with the concepts of both barrier systems and membrane/drainage systems to ensure the continuity of the building envelope.

TRACK: Window and door installations

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Kenneth Wiedenfeld, Architectural Testing

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–9:45 am
Demo Area 1

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Enhancing the learning environment for visual learners

Discover innovative strategies for training a workforce that is primarily hands-on and visual in their learning style. Trainers and curriculum developers will learn both high-tech and low-tech methods to enhance training in the classroom, labs, and field.

TRACK: Programs and trainings

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Dale Sherman, EnergyWright

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  8:30–9:45 am
Midway auditorium

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NARI, NATE


Duct testing and sealing demonstration

IECC 2012 establishes the new mandatory standards for duct leakage in new construction. These metrics are ambitious and can be challenging unless you're prepared. Learn how you can meet IECC 2012 by knowing ahead of time where to spend your time, effort, and materials. In this demonstration, we will walk through the testing procedure, step-by-step. We'll start with a leaky duct system and watch the reduction in real time as various materials are applied.

TRACK: Insulating and air sealing

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Joe Konopacki, Insight Property Services, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  10:15–11:30 am
Metro Place

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET


Time to vent: HVAC experts on energy efficiency opportunities

The HVAC industry is uniquely positioned to provide deeper energy savings to homeowners while expanding service capacity. Three industry experts will address energy and municipal codes, third party testing and verification, performance testing and pressure diagnostics, and the transition to home performance. Have your questions answered about energy efficiency in the HVAC industry that goes beyond the installation of new equipment.

TRACK: Mechanical systems

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Will Baker, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Tim Hanes, ESI, Inc.
Steve Gardner, Building and Fire Code Academy
Bill Semitekol, ACCA Illinois State Chapter

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  10:15–11:30 am
Midway auditorium

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Resource Solutions Group


Understanding moisture dynamics in residential construction

Moisture and energy control are two critically important aspects in residential construction. Energy efficiency is required to achieve acceptable comfort and operating costs for homeowners. Moisture control is required both for occupant health and comfort as well as the integrity and durability of the structure. We'll cover the dynamics of moisture movement to understand how to minimize moisture issues through proper design and to properly diagnose any issues that may occur. Discover helpful tools and techniques for dealing with moisture issues.

TRACK: New home construction

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
James Wells, Tremco Barrier Solutions

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  10:15–11:30 am
Balmoral Ballroom

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Breaking into the small commercial/industrial market segment

Learn how to successfully engage the hard-to-reach small commercial/industrial market and get these businesses to participate in energy efficiency programs. Find out how these businesses think, act, and react to gain perspective on the techniques HVAC and electrical contractors can use to sell energy efficiency to this sector. Chris will discuss what a typical project looks like, what information a customer needs, how to talk about payback and how to break into this market.

TRACK: Energy efficiency in multi-use buildings

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Chris McCabe, Nexant, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  10:15–11:30 am
Love A

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NARI, NATE


Multifamily blower door best practices and innovations

Occupied multi-family buildings have restrictions which may only allow testing of small portions of the building at one time. Learn how to locate air leakage paths using just one gauge to locate pressure imbalances and then using two blower doors running on automatic.

TRACK: Blower doors: new technology

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Joe Medosch, Retrotec Inc.
Corbett Lunsford, Green Dream Group, LLC

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  10:15–11:30 am
Demo Area 2

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Energy Star version 3.0 made easy

Ross Anderson of Residential Science Resources will go over the requirements, challenges, and benefits of ENERGY STAR version 3.0 certification for new homes.

TRACK: Programs and trainings

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Ross Anderson, Residential Science Resources, LLC

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  10:15–11:30 am
Love B

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET


Passive house assemblies for cold climates: case study and other examples

Chicago area's first Certified Passive House architect-builder team will share their insights on wall, roof and slab assemblies for Passive House-level performance. Emphasis will be on cost effective assemblies with readily available materials.

TRACK: Building envelope

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Tom Bassett-Dilley, AIA, Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect Ltd.
Eric Barton, Biltmore Insulated Concrete, Inc.
Brandon Weiss, Weiss Building & Development LLC

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–2:15 pm
Love A

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Insulating and air sealing best practices

Air sealing techniques including dense packing loose fiber insulation into closed cavities can increase comfort and lower energy costs. If not done properly, though, they can create problems. Through lecture and demonstration, Keith will show you air sealing and insulating techniques that get the best results time and time again.

TRACK: Insulating and air sealing

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Keith Williams, Building Services and Consultant, LLC

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–4 pm
Metro Place

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Inverter technology: a new generation of heat pumps

A new generation of heat pumps is emerging due to the adoption of inverter technology. These systems are capable of heating at close to full capacity with outside temperatures far below freezing. Dual fuel systems are now a cost-saving option for homeowners in colder climates. Join us to learn about the technological advancements that are making heat pumps a viable option in northern climate zones. Several examples will be discussed in detail and compared with the most common HVAC systems being installed today, leading to a better understanding of how heating and cooling costs can be reduced with the more efficient new dual fuel systems.

TRACK: Mechanical systems

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Kevin Johnston, Conservation Services Group

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–2:15 pm
Love B

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Resource Solutions Group


session will be recorded for on-demand viewingInsulation and air sealing for new construction: achievable, reasonable high performance

How much, if at all, should we insulate and air seal above code? Where is the sweet spot balancing energy efficiency, moisture management, cost, and client performance expectations? We hear a lot about all sorts of insulating/air sealing systems and approaches but which ones are robust, achievable and reasonable? We'll take a look at the full spectrum of insulation and air sealing in the context of first cost, value, and "buildability."

TRACK: New home construction

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Peter Yost, BuildingGreen, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–2:15 pm
Main Stage in the expo

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Energy efficient retrofit solutions for two-pipe steam systems in multifamily buildings

Learn comprehensive strategies for improving the efficiency and comfort of buildings heated by two-pipe steam systems from both a programmatic and technical standpoint. While two-pipe steam represents a smaller share of the building stock in the Chicago area than do single-pipe or even hydronic heating systems, the size and age of buildings with two-pipe systems, as well as the potential for converting to hydronic systems suggest considerable potential for savings exists.

TRACK: Energy efficiency in multi-use buildings

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Nathan Brown, CNT Energy

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–2:15 pm
Midway auditorium

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Sealant concepts for window and door flashing applications

Learn how and why sealants and membranes are used with window and door flashing installations. We will demonstrate the use of sealants with flashing applications and how they are a critical component for the prevention of water and air entry to promote durability and energy savings for the building envelope.

TRACK: Window and door installations

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Thomas Harris, Henkel Corporation

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–2:15 pm
Demo Area 1

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Rapid-fire case studies from the 2013 GreenBuilt Home Tour

This fast-moving engaging session will profile some of Chicagoland's leading homes from the successful first GreenBuilt Home Tour. Hear from seven project teams in this "PechaKucha" style session that will present key design and construction details. Case studies include homes that achieved certifications including ENERGY STAR, LEED for Homes, NGBS, and Passive House and more.

TRACK: Programs and trainings

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Jason LaFleur, LEED AP Homes, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
Laureen Blissard, AIA, ALA, NCARB, LEED AP HOMES, GreenBuilder Coalition
Timothy Heppner, EcoTelligent Design
Scott Krone, Coda Design+Build
Quintin McGrath, Green homeowner
Benjamin Van Horne, Greenline Homes, LLC
Ana Garcia Doyle, Green Homeowner and Community Sustainability Programs Lead
Nathan Kipnis, AIA, LEED AP, Kipnis Architecture + Planning

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  1–2:15 pm
Balmoral Ballroom

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


The evolving building science behind R-value

We all know that R-value is a measure of a material's resistance to conductive heat flow. But did you know that in many insulation types the R-value gets better as the outdoor temperature drops? What factors, other than installation, affect insulation performance? We'll look at the parameters that can change the R-value of insulation, how the common insulation types are affected, and how to adapt your specifications to get the best performance from your insulated building assemblies.

TRACK: Building envelope

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Allison Bailes III, Energy Vanguard

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  2:45–4 pm
Balmoral Ballroom

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Nicor Gas


Total system efficiency

The actual efficiency of the heating and cooling system is defined as the product of both the furnace/AC and the duct/distribution system. By neglecting the distribution system, furnace and AC upgrades often fail to provide the projected energy savings. We'll cover testing and improvements to the heating and cooling distribution system. Also, IECC 2012 duct testing requirements for new homes and existing home retrofits and the stricter Energy Star 3.0 standards, auditors and raters will benefit from increased duct/distribution system testing and diagnosis.

TRACK: Mechanical systems

LEVEL: Intermediate

PRESENTED BY:
Robert Schildgen, Priority Energy

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  2:45–4 pm
Love A

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE, RESNET

SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored by Resource Solutions Group


Pathways to compliance with the 2012 IECC

Get an overview of the 2012 IECC and learn an easy to understand approach to pathways for compliance. In this presentation, geared for designers, builders and code enforcement officials, we'll present overviews of the requirements to comply with the code and each compliance path as well as tips to help ensure smooth plan review and legitimate code compliance.

TRACK: New home construction

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Matthew Brown, Energy Diagnostics, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  2:45–4 pm
Midway auditorium

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


How is multifamily building air leakage different from single family homes?

What steps are required to transition from single family home to multifamily building air leakage reduction work? Currently one of the steepest learning curves in building science, John and Don will address multifamily air leakage reduction challenges in comparison to single family homes including greater air leakage volume, and varied multifamily construction methods and styles, as well as building configurations and ventilation systems. Detailed real-world examples of multifamily building leakage reduction strategies, approaches, testing and quality assurance will demonstrate multifamily building air sealing successes and failures. Clearly illustrating actual situations, this presentation will cover everything from setting up to test to verifying the results of multifamily building air sealing work.

TRACK: Energy efficiency in multi-use buildings

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Don Hynek, MPA, Chen Properties
John Porterfield, eZing, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  2:45–4 pm
Love B

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE


Wifi enabled pressure gauges: test faster and smarter and have your results verified over the internet

See blower door test results live – from your office. The new Smart Gauges can communicate with any smart phone and allow code officials or supervisors to see live results and provide a new level of interactive training. Auditors will be able to see the results and control the fan from their phone, without dragging hoses or cables around. Smart Manometers and wifi communication will become industry requirements.

TRACK: Blower doors: new technology

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Joe Medosch, Retrotec Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  2:45–4 pm
Demo Area 2

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NARI, NATE, RESNET


session will be recorded for on-demand viewingNavigating energy efficiency programs and certifications

There are many energy efficiency programs and certifications available today - RESNET, BPI, NATE, etc. It can be hard to navigate this landscape, so let us help you find your path by looking at the big picture. In this panel discussion, we gather a diverse group of experts to compare several common certifications and programs. Find out their requirements and benefits, but most importantly, find out which ones work best for you.

TRACK: Programs and trainings

LEVEL: Foundational

PRESENTED BY:
Corbett Lunsford, Green Dream Group, LLC
Joe Konopacki, Insight Property Services, Inc.

WHEN / WHERE:
Wed, Dec 11  ·  2:45–4 pm
Main Stage in the expo

CREDIT:
AIA, ALA, ASHI, BPI, GBCI, IACET, NAHB, NAHI, NARI, NATE