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Posts From September, 2018


With the High Performance Home Summit quickly approaching, here are some last-minute opportunities for sponsors and attendees.

You may have seen the recent announcement regarding hotel overflow. While the venue hotel is sold out, there are a few rooms still available at the Bahia’s sister property, The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa (call their direct Reservation line at 800-422-8386 to receive the $189 “EEBA Summit” rate). Additionally, we have listed 4 additional nearby hotels on our website that should have space available. If you’ve procrastinated until now but want to attend or sponsor the Summit, it’s not too late!


There are still some incredible events available to sponsor - like the two-hour Evening Social Event Dinner Cruise aboard the Bahia Resort’s William D. Evans Victorian-styled sternwheeler. Guests will be treated to an open bar, three international food stations, and some fabulous views of Mission Bay.  Sponsors of this dinner cruise will receive 10 complimentary event tickets, recognition on all marketing and promotional materials (in Summit app, as well as on-site signage), a dedicated e-blast to the EEBA member list, high top table display with balloons and signage.  Tickets are selling fast for this incredible event!


Other available sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Opening Keynote Breakfast with EEBA Legend Harold Orr
  • Track Sponsorships
  • Day 3 Keynote Breakfast with Ron Jones – “Building Tomorrow: Embracing the Challenge of Change”
  • Networking Reception on Day 2
  • “Refresh” Afternoon Tea & Coffee Break


Contact for more information on any of these opportunities.


And if you still have not registered for the Summit, the Full Summit registration fee is $895 (through October 8) and then $950 onsite. The Daily rate is $395 (only through October 8) and $450 onsite. Visit the Summit website to register online.


Update High Performance Home Knowledge with EEBA Courses for Building Professionals

New designation program for building professionals to launch at the EEBA High Performance Home Summit.
Update High Performance Home Knowledge with EEBA Courses for Building Professionals

The EEBA Designation for Building Professionals will debut at this year’s High Performance Home Summit. The 3-day/3-course program is created for builders, construction managers, sales professionals, and designers seeking a broad understanding of building science and the latest applications in high-performance homes, compliance and strategic innovations. The designation should help demonstrate to employers, supervisors, clients, and consumers an understanding of the most dynamic and important trends in constructing houses.

On day one, Gord Cooke will be taking participants through EEBA’s climate-specific Houses That Work™ course, aimed toward educating building professionals on the house-as-a-system approach to home performance.

Andy Oding will join Gord Cooke on day two to lead participants through High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work - a course focused on understanding the growing complexity and scope of residential mechanical systems to comply with energy codes. Andy and Gord will go over relevant changes to HVAC, Ventilation, Hot Water, Indoor Air Quality and Electronic Home Controls and how they affect high performance housing.

Mike Barcik will close out the EEBA Designation for Building Professionals program on day three with the HERS Associate program that includes a review of Building Science principles as they relate to the Performance Path option in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), as well as an introduction to RESNET and the HERS Index.

Following a recent training session on building science, Gord Cooke recalls a builder approaching him saying, “I need to know more. Where do I get more training and how do I, or my customers, know that I have done enough to be able to make good decisions on their behalf?”

“I am very pleased that EEBA is renewing one of their founding principles to provide builders with the educational resources they need to stay ahead of code, as well as consumer trends and expectations,” says Cooke.

Key takeaways for those attending the EEBA Designated Building Professional track include:

  • Great understanding of key building science concepts that have changed the way that high-performance homes are designed and built;
  • The latest changes in home design, building materials, and appliances and how to apply these innovations to increase product value, durability and improve performance;
  • The new generation of mechanical systems and how to size them to deliver health, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency; and
  • How to use an Energy Rating Index, such as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), to gain flexibility in complying with the stringent International Energy Conservation Code.

With this designation, EEBA is providing critically acclaimed training required to create homes that provide comfort, health, durability, value and efficiency. There’s still time to join us at the High Performance Home Summit in San Diego next month.


HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

High-performance homes require better HVAC design strategies than code-built homes. Builders can more easily understand high-performance needs by familiarizing themselves with basic HVAC design concepts and strategies.

The first step is conducting a room-by-room load calculation.

Local climates determine whether a building’s HVAC system is designed to first meet cooling or heating needs. Heating-dominant climates require heating needs to be addressed before cooling, and vice versa. Load calculations are based on the coldest and hottest days of the year to ensure systems provide comfort at both extremes. In any climate, high-performance homes have significantly lower cooling and heating requirements than code-built homes, so the best options for them might be very different than a code-built home.

Split-ductless systems, for example, provide both cooling and heating in one highly efficient system, and are a great solution for high-performance homes. The systems are energy-efficient; come in a range of capacities; offer a variety of indoor unit options; and can combine multiple indoor units using one outdoor compressor system.

Step two in HVAC system design is selecting the right size system. Undersized systems do not adequately cool or heat, while oversized systems unnecessarily increase cost and often short cycle.

If ducted systems are used, determining ductwork design can be challenging. In high-performance homes, efficient ductwork needs to be inside the conditioned space. Ductwork run outside of conditioned space results in energy penalties and an increased risk of condensation. One benefit to using split-ductless systems is the elimination of ductwork challenges.

Builders are encouraged to look for an HVAC contractor who specializes in high-performance new construction. During the design process, teamwork between the builder and the HVAC contractor is essential. Other allies helpful in the HVAC design process are energy raters and HVAC manufacturers committed to helping high-performance builders find better HVAC strategies.

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US understands that high-performance builders and HVAC contractors need help with new strategies as the cooling and heating loads for residential new construction continue to be lowered. Over the last few years, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US has introduced its Performance Construction Team to provide continued support in this area. Find more information about the Performance Builder Program and the Performance Construction Team here.


Industry leaders create a way for DOE Race to Zero winners to attend the High Performance Home Summit.

For the last five years, the Department of Energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has organized the “Race to Zero” Student Design Competition in Golden, Colorado. The event challenges college students and faculty from around the world through a design competition for zero energy-ready structures - both single-family and multifamily homes, as well as school buildings. This year’s event brought together 84 student teams from 68 collegiate institutions from nine different countries.

EEBA has officially kicked off their student scholarship fundraising efforts by offering free attendance for two students per team to the 2018 High Performance Home Summit in San Diego. Each scholarship of $1,500 provides one student with full Summit registration and meals, double-occupancy for three hotel nights, tickets for a networking event and a dinner cruise, and $500 for transportation.

The scholarship fund is the first initiative enabling interested students to attend and participate in regional trainings and future High Performance Summits. “Bring a Student to EEBA” is currently being financed by six of our generous industry firms: Thrive Home Builders, DuPont Tyvek, EnergyLogic, Mandalay Homes, Revive Properties, and TopBuild/Environments for Living. The goal is to raise $25,000. EEBA is accepting donations in any amount to help further fund these scholarships into 2019 and beyond.

Six schools have already committed 11 students to attend this year’s High Performance Home Summit, and more are anticipated. The “Race to Zero” students will be presenting short overviews of their winning projects during the “Pecha Kucha” Session at the Summit.

“With the huge labor shortages currently facing all builders, we want to provide Summit attendees with an opportunity to meet these talented students in San Diego,” says EEBA President Gene Myers. Myers has recruited several “Race to Zero” winners as interns at his homebuilding company in Denver.

In the future, the U.S. Department of Energy will be joining its two student building design competitions, Solar Decathlon and Race to Zero, into one national Solar Decathlon competition. Solar Decathlon 2019–2020 will offer two tracks that build on the strengths of previous DOE student competitions: (1) an annual “Design Challenge” (formerly known as the Race to Zero Student Design Competition), and (2) a “Build Challenge” that expands on the original Solar Decathlon.


If you’re interested in donating to the “Bring a Student to EEBA” scholarship fund, please contact or CLICK HERE to donate now.

Visit our registration page to sign up for the High Performance Home Summit in San Diego.