We present here a general agenda for the 2018 Summer National Conference to be held June 27-29, 2018. If you sign up for our newsletter below, or register for the conference, we’ll send you updates as we fill in details for topics, sessions, activities, and participants.
Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full breakfast in the Peaks dining room. Registration will be open in the Talus Room.
Opening Session. Welcome. Housekeeping. Introductions and flash interviews of participants. Introduction of the 2018 Habitat X Fellows. Four-minute previews of the Wednesday sessions.
Break. Snacks and beverages. Get out and stretch your legs!
Laying the Groundwork. A focused planning forum guided by the Habitat X faculty. We’ll invite participants to identify the topics that characterize the current state of the home performance industry, and we’ll use this analysis to refine the sessions to follow over the next three days. This forum will also feed concrete ideas into the 2018 Habitat X Strategic Plan — our agenda-setting framework for industry leadership in the year ahead.
Lunch in The Peaks dining room, with a view of Lone Mountain.
Strategic Analysis. We perform an industry-by-industry analysis of current opportunities for success and barriers to implementation. The outcome will be talking points and guidance for industry leaders, regulators, and policy-makers.
Break. Beverages. Renew your friendships with other Habitat Xers.
Panel Discussion: Policy and Politics. The policies of energy efficiency in the U.S. are in rapid evolution, with cultural and political shifts affecting stakeholders in ways that few among us could have predicted a few years ago. We’ve invited Tom Carter, Steve Baden, Susan Davison, and Ryan Miller to join us for a candid and interactive panel discussion, during which we’ll pursue a line of inquiry into current policy initiatives, likely barriers, and possible openings. It’s not always a pretty picture, but we do see some opportunities from which people and organizations in our network can benefit. Come with your hardest questions and we’ll try to get them answered.
Break. Snacks and beverages. Grab a bite to eat and sit back for the interview.
Interviews. Today we’ll seat the 2018 Habitat X Fellows: Clint Shireman, Megan Alise Carroll, and Sam Myers. With ample Q&A.
Wrap up and debrief. We confirm and record the details of our day’s work, and make plans for the evening’s activities.
Hosted reception at The Cabin. Casual attire. Your families or guests are invited at no additional cost, but please add them to the event when you register.
No-host dinner at the Cabin and other nearby venues.
Mountain Bonfire hosted by the Brighter Energy Collective. Beer and wine provided. Location to be announced, and within walking distance.
Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full breakfast in the Peaks dining room.
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.
Break. Snacks and beverages. Take some photos with old friends!
Workshop: Emerging Professionals. We see this initiative as an opportunity to bring more smart forward-looking individuals into the home performance and construction workplaces. We’ve worked this angle for years now, and we have made some progress in creating workplaces that are increasingly friendly to up-and-coming professionals. But this initiative has really come to fruition this year with the establishment of the Brighter Energy Collective, who will lead this workshop alongside Habitat X Fellows Megan Alise Carroll (NAHB), Sam Myers (Retrotec), and Clint Shireman (Knauf Insulation). Expect to develop take-home guidance for recruitment, training, and retention of the best new minds in your organization.
Lunch. In the Peaks dining room, or outdoors if weather permits.
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!
Break. Learn more about your new friends!
Panel Discussion: Healthy Homes. This topic remains a critical initiative at Habitat X. There is no escaping the fact that our homes affect our health. But there remains a practical gap between what a large volume of scientific studies tells us is possible and the business innovation needed to align value streams among the healthcare and the various housing sectors. For this discussion, we’ve invited Jacques Touillon, Kevin Brenner, and Joe Medosch to share key case studies, describe potential business models, and identify possible connections with the healthcare industry. We expect to create a takeaway that offers realistic guidance for industry practitioners.
Break. Beverages and snack. Get refreshed, then settle in for another entertaining interview.
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.
Wrap up and debrief.
Flash Presentations: SoapBox, Pecha Kucha, and Product Pitches. Participants present ideas in fast-moving and entertaining formats. Submit your proposal here. Scheduled to date: Ryan Miller on Building a Real Workforce. Bill Spohn Sr. on What’s Up! (what he’s learned about podcasting), Lindsay Schack on Passive House Success in the Rocky Mountains.
Optional no-host dinner at nearby locations TBA. Or visit the Meadow Village, a few miles down the hill, to peruse restaurants and galleries.
Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full breakfast in the Peaks dining room.
Morning Summary. The planning committee presents a draft Strategic Plan that reflects the previous days’ deliberations. Attendees will have a few hours to review the document before we dive in and mark it up later in the day.
Real Estate Update: Appraisal, Valuation, and Certification. We’ve seen the home performance industry against this wall for years: it’s hard to sell work — especially whole-house retrofits — when the money comes straight out of the customer’s pocket. It’s a double whammy when sellers cannot get the value their high-performing homes deserve. The good news is that we’re slowly gaining some new financial instruments to support well-conceived jobs, private evaluations such as Pearl Home Certification are helping contractors and homeowners capture the value in high-performing homes, and the appraisal process is beginning to include performance in setting value. We’ll bring in Robin LeBaron and Susan Davison for this discussion to help you unravel these intertwined systems and financial instruments.
Break. Snacks and beverages. Make a plan to stay in touch with new colleagues!
Open Space Presentations: we save this last morning’s slot for topics and presenters that are developed during the week. Don’t think that we have no content for this session — evaluations show that this crowd-sourced session is often the BEST session of the conference. Spaces assigned as of June 14: Lindsey Schack on Practical Passive House Details, J West, Bill Spohn, and Joe Medosch on Training and Marketing Content for Today’s Consumer, Jacques Touillon on Mining Data to Understand Health Outcomes, Bill Spohn, Jr on Blockchain and Peer to Peer Energy.
Lunch. In The Peaks dining room, or on the deck if weather permits.
The Cobbler’s Home: How the Best Builders House Their Families. Some of the most experienced home performance professionals in the Habitat X network have built, or will build, homes for their families. We’re taking this opportunity to learn from their experiences. In this session, we’ll present a summary study from the construction projects of Bill Spohn, Casey Murphy, and Kevin Brenner. We’ll ask each owner-builder to tell us how codes, climate, and market conditions have affected their ability to implement their visions. We’ll take comments and collate ideas from conference participants. Finally, we’ll fold this valuable and highly relevant beta into our new initiative House and Home: the New Pattern Language, which will culminate in an educational series and set of publications to be released in 2020.
Break. Snacks and beverages. Send a postcard back to the office bragging about the view from Big Sky!
Planning the Future. We review and expand upon the draft 2018 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 Autumn 2018. We also lay the groundwork for the next year in the Habitat X network.
Optional no-host dinner and networking opportunity at Big Sky Meadows.
If you can carve out time in your schedule, you’re invited to join us for one of three optional outdoor excursions during this morning after the main conference.
We’ll all meet afterwards for lunch and final send-off.
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