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Completed: 2016 Conference Agenda

We were proud to present this agenda for the 2016 Summer National Conference. The topics represented here are the culmination of collaborative efforts over the last year that included our Advisory Board, conference participants, and professionals from across the home performance industry.

7:45 - 8:30

Registration, beverages, and light snacks.

8:30 - 10:00

Opening Session.  Welcome. Housekeeping. Introductions and flash interviews of participants. Four-minute previews of Monday’s sessions.

10:00 - 10:20

Break. Snacks and beverages.

10:20 - 12:00

Laying the Groundwork. A planning and brainstorming forum that will feed content into the following sessions. With an overview by members of the Habitat X Advisory Board and a report on the 2016 Strategic Plan. Participants will begin assembling strategic guidance for their individual industries.

Moderated by the Habitat X faculty, with input from everyone in the room.

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch in The Peaks dining room, with a view of Lone Mountain.

1:00 - 2:30

Strategic Analysis. We perform an industry-by-industry analysis of current opportunities for success and barriers to implementation. The outcome, completed by Wednesday, will be talking points and guidance for industry leaders, regulators, and policy-makers.

2:30 - 2:50

Break. Snacks and beverages.

2:50 - 4:00

Workshop: Paths to Energy Code Compliance. There’s a lot of movement within energy codes right now that open new opportunities to reduce the energy consumption, carbon emissions, and environmental impact of our housing stock. In this interactive workshop we’ll look at the effects of required performance testing, the use of the Energy Rating Index (ERI) performance path, and the continued legal pressure to achieve verifiable compliance with existing codes. We’ll bring in experts to provide quick overviews of the status of compliance across North America, then we’ll focus on our primary outcome: creating avenues of engagement for players at all levels of industry.

With Steve Baden (RESNET), Brad Turner (Southface), and Griffin Hagle.

4:10 - 5:00

Interviews. We finish each day with candid interviews of technical experts and prominent leaders. With ample Q&A.

With guests Bill Spohn, Colin Genge, and Jacques Touollin.

5:00 - 5:15

Wrap up and debrief. We confirm and record the details of our day’s work, and make plans for the evening’s activities.

5:30 - 7:00

Hosted reception at The Cabin. Casual attire. Your families or guests are invited at no additional cost. We’ll gather for a no-host dinner afterwards.

7:45 - 8:30

Informal networking, beverages and light snacks.

8:30 - 10:00

Morning Summary. We summarize work from the previous day, do a quick synthesis of the information, and identify interests and expectations that guide the day’s sessions. The faculty and presenters deliver four-minute previews of the Tuesday sessions.

10:00 - 10:20

Break. Snacks and beverages.

10:20 - 12:00

Workshop: Changing the Conversation. A moderated workshop focused on the cultural and linguistic barriers that limit the widespread implementation of home performance services. The outcomes from this session will include recommendations for program managers, customer service agents, and sales people.

With Griffin Hagle, Michelle Nochisaki, and Ed Matos.

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch. In the Peaks dining room, or outdoors if weather permits.

1:00 - 2:30

Gondola ride up Lone Mountain. We spend most of our time at Habitat X admiring the 11,166’ face of Lone Mountain. But during this one time slot, we’ll ride the lift up onto the mountain, disembark among the trees, and spend an hour or so admiring the view. Consider it a networking opportunity of unparalleled inspiration!

2:30 - 2:50

Break. Snacks and beverages.

2:50 - 4:00

Panel Discussion: Valuation and Finance Mechanisms. The process of finance is undergoing a great transformation that includes the advent of PACE financing, pay-for-performance programs, Open EE Meter savings calculations, and green valuations. In this open discussion we’ll disassemble the various finance instruments to show how they work, compare their implementation in a variety of markets, and discuss the best ways to fit them each of them into programs and industry.

With Dan Kartzman (NYSERDA), Susan Davison (CalCERTS), and Steve Baden (RESNET).

4:10 - 5:00

Interviews. We seat another set of experts and luminaries to learn about their best work, their inside views of industry, and their visions of the future. With ample time for Q & A.

With guests Steve Baden (RESNET),  Michael Freedberg, and Charles Segerstrom (retired, formerly PG&E).

5:00 - 5:15

Wrap up and debrief.

5:15 - 6:00

Flash Presentations: SoapBox, Pecha Kucha, and Product Pitches. Participants present ideas in fast-moving and entertaining formats. Submit your proposal here.

7:00 - 9:00

Optional no-host dinner and networking opportunity with faculty and participants. Your families or guests are invited. Casual attire.

7:45 - 8:30

Informal networking, beverages and light snacks.

8:30 - 9:00

Morning Summary. The planning committee presents a draft Strategic Plan that reflects the previous days’ deliberations. Attendees will have few hours to review it before we dive and mark it up later in the day.

9:00-10:00

Workshop: Connected Devices for Integrated Home Performance. The current rapid deployment of several related technologies — onboard diagnostics, remote sensing devices, streaming communications, and cloud-based storage — is changing the ways we install, commission, troubleshoot, and maintain equipment in all types of buildings. In this workshop, we’ll review first-hand reports from the field, and then we’ll brainstorm the best channels for combining these hopeful technologies into realistic solutions with commercial viability.

With Jacques Touillon (Foobot), Bill Spohn (TruTech), and Peter Troast (Energy Circle).

10:00 - 10:20

Break. Snacks and beverages.

10:20 - 12:00

Workshop: The Business of Healthy Homes. In this fast-moving workshop, we’ll take a strategic look at the rapidly expanding field of health and home performance, with updates on medical research, case studies, and relevant certifications. We’ll hear about preliminary successes among organizations that currently perform evaluations and remediations of existing homes. We’ll begin assembling a set of generic business plans that provide guidance for new players.

With Kevin Kennedy (Children’s Mercy Hospital), Brad Turner (Southface), Joe Medosch (Energy & Environmental Consulting), and John Jones (BPI).

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch. In The Peaks dining room, or on the deck if weather permits.

1:00 - 2:30

Strategic Analysis. We review, analyze, and expand upon the draft 2017 Strategic Plan, gathering content from our week’s work. This becomes a working document to which everyone can contribute after the conference, and before it’s released in early 2017.

2:30- 2:50

Break. Snacks and beverages.

2:50 - 4:00

Planning the Future. We lay the groundwork for the next year in the Habitat X network. We also create actionable guidance in this session that’s tailored for each organization in the room.

Adjourn.

7:00 - 9:00

Optional no-host dinner and networking opportunity at Big Sky Meadows.

8:30 - 12:00

We’re offering a choice of three optional outdoor excursion for the morning after the main conference.

  • A leisurely stroll through the Lower Meadows (included).
  • A rigorous 4-6 mile hike across Lone Mountain (included).
  • A zip-line tour down the slopes of Lone Mountain (additional cost).

We’ll all meet afterwards for lunch and final send-off.

 

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