The Heartland Regional Conference will be hosted by Metropolitan Energy Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The dates are October 7-9, 2013. The event will be moderated by Chris Dorsi, co-author of the textbook Residential Energy and other respected publications, with the support of faculty and staff from across North America.
The Metropolitan Energy Center has provided a respected voice in the North American housing industry for over 30 years now. They provide direct services to the industry in a three-state region around their home offices in Kansas City, Missouri. They’re a strong host for this regional conference, with connections in government, industry, and education.
The Heartland Regional Conference will be held at the beautiful and well-appointed Kaufmann Conference Center. The Metropolitan Energy Center will host a reception Monday night at the nearby Project Living Proof.
The Industry Forum will open on Monday morning at 8:30 and run until 12:00. During this time we’ll reach across industry sectors to connect people and organizations that can benefit from each others’ experience. We’ll moderate discussions among panelists and attendees, identifying new local initiatives and industry hot spots where collaborative efforts will be the most effective. We’ll continue that work beyond this event on the web-based Habitat X Forum.
Clinton Climate Initiative. Keith Canfield will join the Industry Forum to report on the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) and other projects of the Clinton Climate Initiative. The Clinton Climate Initiative is doing some of the most forward-looking and well-funded work in the energy efficiency industry, and Keith is right in the middle of it. The HEAL program supports paycheck financing of energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings.
Building Performance Institute. Bill Meehan will lend important perspective to the Forum. With their momentum in developing accreditation and certification programs, BPI has become one of the critical players in any discussion of the North American home performance industry. Bill will also work with us throughout the week.
Diggs Construction. John Hall will lend and industry view to this discussion. Diggs has been involved in some highly innovative residential and commercial projects across the U.S., and are a major player in the photovoltaic industry in Kansas City and elsewhere. They’ve also developed some innovative in-house work-force development programs that may provide models for other construction organizations.
Metropolitan Energy Center. Our hosts have had plenty of experience across a range of programs. Staff member Oz Qureshi will join the Forum, and will tell us about an important new financing initiative they’ll launch soon in conjunction with the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Efficiency First. Rob Jones, of Green Cat Services, will represent Efficiency First, the nationwide advocacy organization for the home performance industry.
Beverages, snacks, lunch, and an invitation to the Monday night reception at Project Living Proof are all included. The cost is $50.
The Core Conference will begin Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm, and run through Wednesday at 4:00 pm.
The Core Conference will focus on working solutions for industry. The sessions and working groups will focus on successful models for all sectors of the sustainable housing industry. Attendees will work alongside colleagues from related organizations to develop customized solutions that address each attendee’s needs and interests. The Core Conference will follow two tracks:
Attendees will be free to mix and match among these sessions. Each day will include hands-on workshops, structured networking, and the now-famous interviews and panel discussions. Beverages and snacks will be provided each morning and afternoon. Lunch will be provided Tuesday and Wednesday. The cost of Core Conference is $425. Early Bird discounts are available through midnight Friday September 27th.
Discounts of an additional 10% are available for RESNET and BPI certified professionals, and for members of the WAP Weatherization network.
Scholarships of $325 are available from the Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) for attendees who live within the service areas of Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, Kansas Gas Service, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Independence Power and Light, or Atmos Energy.
All Habitat X events are sponsored in part by our dedicated national sponsors. The Heartland Regional Conference is also sponsored in part by these organizations.