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Posts From August, 2018

High Performance Home Education Happening Around the Country

It’s that time again. All over the nation, school is starting back up and we could not be more excited.
High Performance Home Education Happening Around the Country

And as you know, education is important to us and with the High Performance Home Summit right around the corner, we thought we’d provide you with a preview of additional upcoming classes being offered around the country.

Mike Barcik will be back at it again, leading The HERS Associate & Taking the Performance Path. This class, an introduction to the HERS Index and IECC Compliance, will allow attendees to obtain CEU’s for AIA/CES (HSW), BPI, ICC, NARI, NAHB, and NATE, as well as earn the HERS Associate designation. The session will be offered at the following locations, on the following dates:

Boston, MA - September 25, 2018

Baltimore, MD - September 26, 2018

Charleston, SC - November 15, 2018

Nashville, TN -  December 5, 2018

Andy Oding will be leading the High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work session in Boise, ID on October 10, as well as in Portland, OR on November 8. Andy has over 23 years of experience in the residential construction industry and is currently a Building Science Associate with Building Knowledge Canada.

High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work is a full day seminar for builders, designers, code officials, and trade allies that focuses on HVAC, ventilation, hot water, IAQ, and electronic home controls in high-performance housing. CEU’s will be available for AIA/CES (HSW), BPI, NATE, RESNET, ICC, and InterNACHI.

Visit our website for more details on each session and where they will be held.


PechaKucha to Celebrate Housing Innovation

Winners of the prestigious DOE Housing Innovation Awards will be awarded during the High Performance Home Summit Luncheon and PechaKucha in October.
PechaKucha to Celebrate Housing Innovation

The Department of Energy recently released their 2018 Housing Innovation Award winners. The program recognizes the best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes. Winners are selected for each of five categories and one Grand Winner will be announced from each category during the EEBA High Performance Home Summit in San Diego, October 16-18.

You won’t want to miss the Luncheon on Day 1 of the Summit as Sam Rashkin announces the Grand Winners and the Housing Innovation Winners take part in PechaKucha with Alex Glenn. These companies and organizations have designed homes that are independently certified to meet the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home guidelines and hail from all over the U.S. “Every year we see the caliber of winning homes rise. Thrive is honored to be in the company of such great HIA winners,” says Gene Myers, EEBA Board President and CEO of Thrive Home Builders in Denver.

Innovation in Affordable Homes winners received recognition for building homes at an affordable price point and include four nonprofit organizations, and two repeat DOE Housing Innovation Award winners - Thrive Home Builders is a four-time winner and Mandalay Homes has been awarded six times.

  • Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, FL
  • Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley, Hickory, NC
  • Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, Kalamazoo, MI
  • United Way of Long Island, Deer Park, NY
  • Thrive Home Builders, Denver, CO
  • Mandalay Homes, Prescott, AZ


Other winners in each category include:


The Innovation in Custom Homes (SPEC)

  • Addison Homes, Greer, SC
  • BrightLeaf Homes, Hinsdale, IL
  • C & B Custom Homes, Cottonwood, AZ
  • Dwell Development, Seattle, WA
  • Leading Force, Yakima, WA
  • Meritage Homes, Orlando, FL
  • Tim O’Brien Homes, Pewaukee, WI


Innovation in Custom Homes (Buyer)

  • High Performance Homes, Gettysburg, PA
  • TC Legend Homes, Bellingham, WA
  • Imery Group, Athens, GA
  • Ferrier Custom Homes, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bellingham Bay Builders, Bellingham, WA


Innovation in Multifamily Homes

  • Health-E Community Enterprises of Virginia, Williamsburg, VA
  • Garbett Construction, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Revive Properties and Philgreen Construction, Fort Collins, CO
  • Off The Grid Design, San Rafael, CA



  • Revive Properties and Philgreen Construction, Fort Collins, CO
  • Thrive Home Builders, Denver, CO
  • Mandalay Homes, Prescott, AZ
  • Garbett Construction, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Insight Homes, Bridgeville, DE


Previous winners can be found on the DOE’s Tour of Zero page. And don’t forget to register for the High Performance Home Summit soon! Discounted pricing ends August 31.


Educational Sessions for California Net Zero Mandate

Whether or not you’re ready for it, California is mandating it net zero directive in 2020.
Educational Sessions for California Net Zero Mandate

On May 9, the California Energy Commission voted to mandate advanced efficiency measures and rooftop solar for all new houses, condos and apartment buildings (up to three stories tall), obtaining building permits after January 1, 2020. If a building isn’t suitable for a rooftop array, it will be required to have access to community solar or offset energy usage through alternative efficiency gains. Builders can also take advantage of “compliance credits” by installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall or sonnenBatterie - and further reduce the size of the solar array.

As California builders, raters, analysts, and architects seek methods and solutions to meet this aggressive state policy, part of this year’s High Performance Home Summit will be aimed at putting all the information California builders need in one place, to help you reach the goal of compliance in time. Various classes will be offered revolving around the impact of policy, code, and Title 24 on design and construction.


  • Zero Made Easier – Simple Solutions from Award-Winning Builders of DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.  This presentation provides a compilation of the techniques used by award-winning builders in DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program to achieve HERS scores of zero and lower. It will show several specific examples of techniques developed and used by builders as they strive for zero energy ready homes. Construction methods used in Zero Energy Ready homes are compared with those used in just-to-code new homes and existing homes for key components like wall assemblies and HVAC systems. The path to zero offered by the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program is described with overviews provided for national and new California-specific criteria. Presented by Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, DOE Building Technologies Office, and Theresa Gilbride, PNNL.


  • ZNE Homes for All:  Perspectives from ZNE Homeowners Who Don’t Know What ZNE Is.  This presentation will give an overview of Southern California Edison’s involvements with ZNE homes in the California market, and will share how SCE has worked with industry leaders to unearth meaningful analytical findings as well as anecdotal insights. Perspectives from willing homeowners will be shared to shed light on the ZNE market at large. Lastly, in this presentation, SCE will describe how this information and work are being used to refine existing customer offerings, and to broaden customer participation in a collective clean energy future to help meet the state’s aggressive and visionary climate action goals.  Presented by Will Vicent, Southern California Edison.


  • Lessons Learned from the Greenstone Net Zero Demonstration Home.  This presentation will present the Greenstone Homes Net Zero Demonstration project and the lessons learned in moving a production builder to Net Zero Home building practices. In 2017, Greenstone Homes collaborated with Mitsubishi and Lifebreath to do a Net Zero Demonstration home that was certified as a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home with a solar array. Greenstone Homes made simple modifications to a standard home plan and was able to build a Net Zero home for less than 10% cost increase from its standard build. With the new Net Zero home building requirements in California, projects like this are valuable to show that Net Zero is achievable by production home builders with some simple and affordable modifications to standard building practices.  Presented by Greg Davenport, Mitsubishi Performance Construction Team.


Take a look at all of this year’s session descriptions and join building professionals in markets all over the country at this year’s High Performance Home Summit in San Diego.