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Webinar Selecting Healthy Insulation and Air Sealants

Tuesday, December 15 | 2:00 pm Central
Rebecca Stamm & Roberto Valle Kinloch - Healthy Building Network

Insulation and air sealing are two cost-effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home. However, the chemicals that are found in some of these products or used during their production can negatively impact the health of the people who manufacture and install products, as well as those who ultimately live in these buildings. We need a better system of policies and regulations that are protective of human health, but for now, we need professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the materials they use. Building professionals who specify and install materials have the opportunity to make significant impacts on health and the environment by choosing healthier materials.

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Webinar Plug In, Turn On & Cook Up: Electric Kitchens Have Arrived!

Thursday, December 10 | 2:00 pm Central
Rachelle Boucher - Chef & Induction Expert and co-founder of Kitchens to Life with Karla Butterfield & Aaron Smith

A myth-busting live cooking and tech tour with Electric Kitchens Super-Fan Chef Rachelle Boucher, co-founder of Kitchens to Life with our special guest, Karla Butterfield from SWA and Aaron Smith, CEO of EEBA. Confusion about all-electric building codes and cooking options got you turned off? Get plugged in to an empowering event with code-clarifying, myth-busting details that will turn you on to electric cooking for life with better cooking performance, safer, healthier homes and a sustainable planet.

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Webinar How to Cut Your Heating Bill, Electric Bill, and Carbon Footprint to Zero, by Someone Who Has Done It

Wednesday, December 2 | 2:30 pm Central
David Green - Founder & CEO of Zero Carbon LLC

This webinar is free. It will help you to save a lot of money and cut your carbon footprint. In addition, all attendees will receive a free electronic version (for iPad or Kindle) of David Green's highly-acclaimed book Zero Carbon Home. In this webinar I describe what we did to cut our home's carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero. I am saving so much money on bills that I am earning a 15% return on my investments in heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels, which I call the fab four. Yes, I am a Brit and a Beatles fan.

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Webinar Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump Strategies

Tuesday, December 1 | 2:00 pm Central
Shawn LeMons - Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

You've heard about cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP). Maybe you've seen a few installed. Let's look at some pros and cons of using this technology in challenging climate conditions. From a new construction perspective, we will discuss strategies for system design, installation, and operation. Bring your questions, comments, and experiences to this panel discussion. We are looking forward to helping advance the modern home building industry toward strategic electrification.

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Webinar 140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

Thursday, November 19 | 2:00 pm Central
Jason LaFleur - Senior Program Manager at GTI Energy

As policymakers, builders, utilities, and end users seek to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of our homes, it is critical to address the low installed efficiency of traditional equipment serving what is often the most significant load, space heating and domestic hot water. New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers. This session will provide an overview of the technology, and share energy performance, operating cost, CO2e emissions basis and comfort results from multiple lab and field demonstrations, including sharing the perspective of installing contractors.

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Site Supervisor Module 3: Building Science Basics for Site Supervisors

Thursday, November 17 | 2:00 pm Central

This module will cover several basic building science terms and concepts from the site supervisor’s perspective. We’ll also go through the Modern Site Supervisor's Tool Box. We will describe many of the tools now available to site supervisors, what they are and how, when, where, and why to use them. This includes blower door and duct blaster testing equipment, hand-held anemometer, manometer, electric circuit tracer, infrared camera, laser measuring tool, moisture meters, spot spectrometer, temperature and humidity meters, and a time-lapse camera. We’ll also take a video tour of the House of Pressure at the E3 Smartbuild Center, a state-of-the-art demonstration house and training center in Long Island, NY.

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Site Supervisor Module 2: Project Management and Construction Project Management Software

Tuesday, November 10 | 2:00 pm Central

This module will look at overall job completion responsibilities and break that down into daily and topic-specific tasks. We will look at how project management software can be used to handle some or all of these tasks, including tracking of subcontractors, scheduling, ordering, inspections, etc.

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Webinar Better Energy Efficiency from the Ground Up

Friday, November 6 | 1:00 pm Central

Mark LaLiberte - President of Construction Instruction

 

Although below-grade waterproofing and insulation are out of sight, they are integral to a building’s thermal performance. Build better energy efficient homes from the ground up. Even though the parts of buildings that are below grade are less susceptible to the impact of extreme outdoor temperatures, when you have cold dirt, you have a cold basement. Unless the basement is insulated, this year-round cold dirt is slowly costing homeowners more money as their home will consume more energy to keep it warm. Additionally, water is the enemy of insulation. Damp insulation is less effective at blocking the flow of heat than is dry insulation, and can degrade the material over time. So, it is especially important in below-grade applications to consider the management of unwanted moisture. While there are countless steps you can take to make homes more energy efficient, starting from the ground up is the best approach.

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Webinar How Can Low-Cost IAQ Monitors Benefit Builders and Contractors

Thursday, November 5 | 2:00 pm Central
Joe Medosch - Healthy Building Scientist at Hayward Score

These gadgets just won't disappear! They are becoming more popular with occupants and contractors. This session will provide an overview on what they can monitor, how to get the data and what can they integrate with inside the home. Ultimately to make the home healthier - without alarming the occupant. The indirect benefits of these monitors are to educate / inform the occupant about making better choices in their homes - healthier habits. The session addresses the inherent limitations of one device in a single room vs. multiple sensors throughout the home. I will provide an independent outlook of the new integrated sensors and ventilation opportunities from Panasonic and Broan-NuTone that will be released in 2021 (realistic date). Also, some new products from TZOA, the HAVEN, an IAQ WiFi sensor for the H/AC ductwork, and some other new innovations.

I will provide sound recommendations on how these devices can technically work in a "healthy home" and in marketing opportunities - and how to avoid the new "Healthy Washing," similar to the Green Washing we finally overcame.

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Site Supervisor Module 1: Job Description of a Site Supervisor

Tuesday, November 3 | 2:00 pm Central

This site supervisor course will help prepare participants to lead and thrive in the growing field of high-performance home construction. The site supervisor plays an active role in guiding every activity that takes place on the jobsite, from site grading to roofing, to produce a functional, durable, new home, that meets customer expectations and office requirements with on-time on-budget delivery. For current and aspiring members of the construction industry, the position of site supervisor is one that offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for career advancement, especially in the high-demand, high-growth field of high-performance home construction. This module will describe the roles and responsibilities of the construction site supervisor and articulate how those roles are distinguished from others in the organization of small, medium, and large construction companies

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Webinar A Cost-Effective Path to Healthy, Affordable, Net Zero Housing with DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program

Monday, November 2 | 2:00 pm Central
Theresa Gilbride - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Terrence Mosley - DOE;and Rick Werheim - SVP/Housing and Green Initiatives

Certified high performance, high indoor air quality, and net zero energy may sound like an expensive wish list for affordable housing, especially in locations that already have high land prices but a select group of affordable home builders has found a way to make clean, healthy, and net zero attainable by sticking to the criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. In this presentation, we’ll show how affordable home builders like United Way of Long Island, along with production, custom, and multifamily builders across the country, are building healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes that are achieving remarkably high performance and low Home Energy Rating System scores – with a program average of HERS 43 without PV and HERS 6 with PV. We’ll give an overview of the choices builders across the program are making in terms of key energy-efficiency measures like wall assemblies, insulation types, HVAC equipment, water heating, etc. We’ll share some of their best design secrets for cutting costs without sacrificing performance. We’ll dive deep into the details with case studies of several of United Way of Long Island’s award-winning projects. And we’ll lay out a roadmap based on the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program so you can achieve high performance home designs too.

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Extended Summit Webinar How Has Optimum Value Engineering Gotten Corrupted?

Thursday, October 29 | 2:00 pm Central
Robby Schwarz - Principal Thinker @BUILDTank, Inc.; and Jeffrey Rhodin - Lean Green Building, Inc.

When a builder calls a meeting to optimum value engineer a plan, we must step back and understand what the true goal is. First clue is that the meeting is occurring after the building has been designed. Therefore, the meeting is probably more about "budget" engineering than "value" engineering. The ensuing discussion revolves around budget reduction choices, reducing project scope, and how to get within or below a target budget. How have we gotten to this point, and how do we bring value back into the equation?

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Ultimate Z.E.N. Home Webinar All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

Wednesday, October 28 | 10:00 am Central
Rich Binsacca - Editor-in-Chief at Pro Builder with panelists Sam Rashkin, Bill Rectanus, Jack Armstrong, & Karla Butterfield

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. Learn about the Gateway to Zero from Team Zero members Jack Armstrong and Sam Rashkin. This webinar will be hosted by Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, Rich Binsacca, and also include Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders and Karla Butterfield of Steven Winter Associates.

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Extended Summit Webinar Indoor airPLUS Version 2 Reaches for the Sky: New Opportunities for Healthier Multifamily Buildings

Tuesday, October 27 | 2:00 pm Central
Nick Hurst - Indoor airPLUS Program Manager at US EPA, Indoor Environments Division

In late 2019, with the advent of ENERGY STAR's Multifamily New Construction Program (MFNC), EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program incorporated MFNC as a viable pre-requisite for buildings up to 5 stories. If Indoor airPLUS works for five stories, why wouldn't it work for twelve or sixteen stories? Conceptually it would seem simple to apply the same indoor air quality details for taller buildings; however, as buildings get taller, some physical elements change beyond the height. Driving forces and internal pressures change as buildings get taller. Ventilation and air sealing details also become more complex, making compartmentalization increasingly critical. Materials and methods are often different for large facades and flat roofs, while interior moisture vapor and humidity control also require attention in design and construction. Radon-resistant construction is still incredibly important for multifamily buildings; but these structures often include parking garages, retail spaces, or other residentially-associated common spaces. How should these areas be addressed to reduce the risk of poor IAQ for the occupants? This session will examine how Indoor airPLUS Version 2 intends to address these issues with additional requirements built on the foundation of ENERGY STAR MFNC. Attendees will have a chance to preview these changes and learn how to provide valuable feedback to EPA as the program continues to evolve to improve IAQ in this growing sector.

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Extended Summit Webinar Building Better Promotions with the Right Tools and Elevating Your Facebook Strategy

Thursday, October 22 | 2:00 pm Central
Connie Reinert - Owner of Beyond Broken

Are you tired of investing money in promotions that just don’t seem to do the trick? Have you dabbled with Facebook, but just can’t quite elevate your page to match your goals? Do promotions tend to get moved to the bottom of the pile, because you don’t have the time? Invest an hour in this session to hear how to select the best promotional tools for your company. The list of promotional tools available to businesses is complex. Each of the tools has benefits and can provide great value if used for the right reason. We will review the strengths and weaknesses of the primary promotional tools along with best practices. This will allow participants to select the tools that best fit their business goals while making choices that are more effective and productive. Also, in this session, we will identify and demonstrate the key components of the Facebook platform that can make your time and effort more worthwhile. This includes developing a content calendar and ideas for creating engaging content that will connect with the audience. There will be a review of important settings including a look at how to boost or advertise on your company page.

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Ultimate Z.E.N. Home Webinar Sales & Marketing of the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

Wednesday, October 21 | 10:00 am Central
Rich Binsacca - Editor-in-Chief at Pro Builder with panelists Stephen Myers, Elitia Schwaderer, Sandy Stegall, Susan Elovitz, & Angela Harris

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to meet the challenges of healthy living, working and learning from home, carbon free living, net zero energy and battery energy storage. This session covers how the home responds to the COVID home buyer’s desire for safety and security while living in a state-of-the-art home. How has the homebuyer responded to these benefits and how was the design program enhanced in sales, marketing and interior design? Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, along with the sales and marketing team from Thrive Home Builders, and the interior designer on this project.

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Extended Summit Webinar Next Gen Zero

Tuesday, October 20 | 2:00 pm Central
Sam Rashkin - Chief Architect at U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office; and Jamie Lyons, P.E. - Newport Partners

It’s hard to believe that the original DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements are already over 7 years old. Over this time, they have been adopted by hundreds of builders as well as affordable housing programs, local codes, and state Stretch Codes. This includes over 6,000 certified homes encompassing custom, production, modular, affordable, multifamily, and even a few tiny homes throughout the United States. Over this same time period, there’s been a huge surge of state and local policies to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency and emissions reductions. In addition, new innovations for building enclosures, lighting, ventilation, heating/cooling, IAQ and many other areas have arrived in the marketplace or are coming soon. And most recently, the 2021 IECC has raised the bar further to continue the push for energy efficiency in new U.S. homes. This is all to say, it’s time to look at new changes for Zero Energy Ready Home. During this session, we’ll review potential updates to program specs that would deliver meaningful, cost-effective improvements in energy efficiency, building performance, and resilience. Potential timelines for “DOE ZERH 2.0” updates will be discussed, and stakeholder feedback will be solicited along the way. Join us for a look at the exciting future for housing. It keeps getting better.

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Ultimate Z.E.N. Home Webinar Health in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

Monday, October 19 | 2:00 pm Central
Rich Binsacca - Editor-in-Chief at Pro Builder with panelists Bill Rectanus, Nick Hurst, Joseph Hillenmeyer, & Russell Pope

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home is designed to set a new standard for health in the home. Learn about EPA Indoor airPLUS and how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home builds on this foundation to address COVID, with whole house HEPA filtration and optimum humidity to shorten the life of the pathogen on surfaces. The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home monitors indoor air quality and automatically manages the HVAC system to address concerns. Join host Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, with panelists Nick Hurst of EPA's Indoor airPLUS program, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Russell Pope from Panasonic, and Joseph Hillenmeyer of Aprilaire.

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Extended Summit Webinar Ventilation Solutions for Healthy and Efficient IAQ

Thursday, October 15 | 2:00 pm Central
Patrick Nielsen - Global Technical Products Manager at Broan NuTone

Energy efficient, airtight dwellings and healthy air do not need to be at odds with each other. With today's wide range of ventilation solutions - especially whole house - homeowners can have both. Harmful pollutants such as particulates, VOCs and mold-causing excess humidity can be handled effectively and energy efficiently. There are a variety of code-compliant ventilation solutions available to fit most any situation, climate zone, and budget. Recent changes in how homes are built and how we live in them as well as quickly evolving codes make providing healthy indoor air more challenging. This session will focus on whole house ventilation code requirements and the options to meet them - exhaust, supply and balanced with a focus on opportunities with balanced.

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Ultimate Z.E.N. Home Webinar Net Zero Energy and Battery Storage in the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

Wednesday, October 14 | 10:00 am Central
Rich Binsacca - Editor-in-Chief at Pro Builder with panelists Sam Rashkin, Bill Rectanus, Nathan Kahre, Adam Weinstein, & Dennis Helblig

The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home features a 7.8 kWh rooftop solar array as a standard feature to help achieve net-zero energy goals. But instead of selling surplus electricity back to the local utility as energy credits, an innovative battery storage system scaled for single-family keeps it on site. Learn how Thrive Home Builders incorporated that system (and why) and its impact on energy resources for housing. Hosted by Rich Binsacca, Editor-in-Chief of ProBuilder, we will also hear from panelists Sam Rashkin from the Department of Energy, Bill Rectanus of Thrive Home Builders, Adam Weinstein of sonnen Inc., Dennis Helblig of SunStreet, and Nathan Kahre from EnergyLogic.

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Extended Summit Webinar Planning for Results - Best Practices That You Can Apply to Your Business

Tuesday, October 13 | 2:00 pm Central
David Bernardino - Chief Client Officer and Head of Research + Planning at Ammunition

Companies in the building industry are under increased pressure to drive sales growth and ROI, even with elevated costs for materials, labor, and the like. How can you methodically develop the right strategic, business, and / or marketing plans to meet these challenges, while ensuring you engage and align key stakeholders along the way?

 

Learning Objectives: Learn how to methodically analyze a business situation and translates those insights into actionable plans that will lock growth. Improve your organization’s planning process in order to drive better alignment across functions and groups. Walk away with planning techniques that you can immediately apply to your current situation. Learn how to leverage multiple data sources and internal functional groups to develop the necessary inputs that are required to developing a robust plan.

 

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Extended Summit Webinar Over or Under? The Best Options for Installing Both a WRB and Continuous Exterior Insulation

Thursday, September 24 | 2:00 pm Central
William Ranson - Building Knowledge Center Leader at DuPont Performance Building Solutions

Adding continuous exterior insulation is recognized in the building code as an option for residential structures; and building science supports its use. Unfortunately, few manufacturers provide the details of how to incorporate both a WRB and the insulation with install instructions. Do you put the wrap over or under the foam? What if the windows are installed first? Or if the windows are recessed? Do I use the same fastening schedule? This presentation will provide answers to these questions and many more, including detailed installation instructions for any wrap and foam wall assembly.

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Extended Summit Webinar Designing for Dignity and Claiming Our Power: Ownership, Empowerment, and Transformation with Sustainable Buildings

Wednesday, September 23 | 2:00 pm Central
Daphany Rose Sanchez - Executive Director at Kinetic Communities; & Lonnie Feemster - President at NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

In this session, the NAACP brings you an overview of the Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS) Initiative and the stories of two members at the intersection of energy, equity, and housing. Lonnie Feemster, President of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP and former energy inspector, is known around town as “Solar Man.” With immense care, he built his own passive house that provides a 100% electric, low-consumption, and comfortable place for work and play for three generations. Daphany Rose Sanchez, founder of Kinetic Communities Consulting (KC3) and proud New York native, leverages partnerships and resources to help close the gap between the affordable housing and energy efficiency industry for diverse New York communities. Lonnie and Daphany share a passion for supporting Black and brown communities to understand the human cost of energy, save money, feel safe, and live in a cleaner environment. They will share a call to action through stories and lessons for building professionals to design projects, policies, and programs first and foremost for people and for justice.

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Extended Summit Webinar Mainstreaming Modular High-Performance Homes: Research, Collaboration, and Best Practices at the Intersection of Advance Building Science and Advanced Building Construction

Tuesday, September 22 | 2:00 pm Central
Ankur Podder, Shanti Pless & Stacey Rothgeb with panelists - NREL

The three-part, 90-minute webinar will be moderated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Industrialized Construction Innovation (ICI) team and aims to focus on knowledge dissemination from ongoing research, collaboration opportunities, and best practices thriving at the intersection of advance building science and advanced building construction to deliver affordable high-performance homes. Two guest panelists will also participate - David Schultz, Founder of Simple Homes, an offsite construction company that manufacturers and installs building components; and Trish Cozart, an NREL representative who also manages the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2).

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