Spring Webinars 2019



The Habitat X Webinars are built with a simple principle in mind: to connect working professionals at their desks in ways that are meaningful and productive. For this series of Spring Webinars, we’ve chosen topics that are on the agenda for the 2019 Summer National Conference — the stuff that you’ll need to know to be more successful in your work.

We deliver the webinars on a focused one-hour schedule. We bring in respected experts, help them share their most relevant information, drill down into the key topics, and field questions from participants in an interactive discussion. Afterward, we compile a complete set of resources on the topic and share them with attendees. And the Habitat X Webinars qualify for continuing education credits from the Building Performance Institute.

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Matt Golden

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The Whirlwind Evolution of Modern Utilities

April 18, 2019 • 2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT/10:00 AT

The premise. The gas and electric utilities play a critical role in the operation and management of North American buildings. They’ve been in rapid evolution for years now due to smart grid technologies, decreased cost of photovoltaic installation, increased demand for clean energy, and regulatory uncertainty. But nothing has prepared us for the most recent events in which the very existence of some utility organizations has been called into question. The good news is that this disruption opens some very good opportunities to include efficiency in the entire stack of energy resources. We’ll identify those opportunities as best we can both in the webinar and at the conference.

The presenter. We’ve brought in Matt Golden of Open EE for this webinar. Matt has made an insightful study of energy efficiency over the years, having worked the industry from several angles: energy service contracting (Sustainable Spaces), software development (Recurve), and bundling of certified efficiency projects (Investor Confidence Project). His current work at OpenEE  puts him at the front of one of the most important things happening in the energy-efficiency and utility industries today: a system of modeling of energy-efficiency that accounts for time, location, and source of energy both produced and conserved.

It’s this broad approach to modeling that goes way beyond simple metered savings that we are keen to discuss in this one-hour webinar. Come prepared to get educated on the look of energy efficiency in the decades ahead. Ample time for Q&A.

Whirlwind Evolution of Modern Utilities

Andy Frank

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A Bullish Approach to Finance and Appraisal

May 2, 2019 • 2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT/10:00 AT

The premise. We’ve long recognized that a wider range of finance solutions is needed to support the widespread implementation of high-performance housing. Close behind this problem is the difficulty that the appraisal industry has in giving due value to high performing homes. The hopeful news is that we’ve seen good progress on both these issues in recent years, and that these solutions are now filtering into the marketplace.

The presenter: Andy Frank has offered to share some of his hard-won insights in this webinar. He has worked the finance angle for home performance quite effectively, which is not surprising since his knowledge of financial markets runs deeper than just about anyone in the home performance industry. As a co-founder of Sealed, he’s now turning a few heads by combining home performance services with in-house finance instruments that produce guaranteed savings for homeowners. It looks like a good solution to us, so we’re keen to learn more. Join us as we learn about evolving financial solutions that may help move the sustainable housing industry towards widespread implementation. Ample time for Q&A.

Finance and Appraisal

Larry Zarker
Kevin Kennedy
Joe Medosch

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The Business of Healthier Homes

May 16, 2019 • 2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT/10:00 AT

The premise. 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. We’ll address that gap in this webinar and at the conference, delivering actionable takeaways that include realistic guidance for industry practitioners.

The presenters. We’re honored to have the triad of Larry Zarker (Building Performance Institute), Kevin Kennedy (Children’s Mercy Hospital) and Joe Medosch (Hayward Score) on board for this one-hour webinar. Come prepared to learn how the home performance and health industries are taking on an important new role in home health assessment, technical training, and home remediation. Each of these experts will share important new guidance that practitioners can put into immediate practice. Ample time for Q&A.

The resources. View or download recent article authored by Larry Zarker and Judy Olsen in Healthy Indoors Magazine (10MB PDF).

Healthier Homes


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