Agenda for the Skyline Development Day



Tuesday November 12

7:45 -8:30. Registration. Beverages and light snacks. Informal networking. Room 6202.

8:30 – 9:00. Introductions. Plus flash interviews and goal-setting.

Technical Sessions


9:00 – 10:15. Workshop: Learning the Limits of Diagnosis. This hands-on workshop will be led by Chris Dorsi and Joe Medosch. We’ll focus on the skills and observation, interview, and troubleshooting, showing you ways to use your experience to understand buildings before you ever open a toolbox. We’ll show you what you’re really evaluating when you do diagnostic tests, and then we’ll show you how to streamline your evaluations by choosing the best test procedures for each situation.

Joe Medosch

The focus here is learning critical thinking skills that can be applied in all sorts of buildings and for all industries. We’ll also consider the different types of evaluations you might perform depending upon the industry in which you’re working.

10:15 – 10:30. Break. Snacks and beverages.

Career-Planning Sessions

10:30 – 12:00. Panel Discussion: Gathering Skills to Advance Your Career. We’ll convene a panel discussion with Celia Canfield, Ed Thomas, and other experts to learn about careers in the home performance and renewable energy sectors. These industry veterans have a solid grasp on the best ways to build successful careers in the current marketplace, and we’ll be sure that they share as much as they can with you. We’ll also help you build a set of career-planning resources that’s fine-tuned for the home performance and renewable energy industries. With ample time for Q&A.

12:00 – 1:00.  Lunch. 


1:00 – 2:30. Workshop: Moving Your Career Forward. Ed and Celia will return to help you make some real progress in planning a career in the home performance and renewable energy industries. We’ll break into small groups to perform a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) for yourselves or your businesses. They we’ll do the same for Skyline College and the ESTM program. Each group will present a summary of their findings to the entire assembly. We’ll be sure that you go home with a useful tools for personal follow-up.

Ed Thomas

2:30 – 2:45. Break. Snacks and beverages.

Technical Session

2:45 – 4:30. Workshop: Emerging Technologies. Chris Dorsi and Joe Medosch will lead this technical session on the best new tools and the techniques they foster. We’ll look over all the current equipment, pass it around, show you how it’s used, and consider if and when it’s an improvement over the existing technologies. We’ll follow up on our morning discussion, focusing on the question, “How do we take advantage of these tools to improve our work, save time, and remain more competitive?”.

You’ll get to handle lots of equipment in this session. And you may be surprised to learn how a lot of equipment can be used not only for work-site evaluations, but also in training, program design, and quality control. Adjourn.


4:30 – 5:30. Networking Event. For those who can stay on later, we’ll facilitate one-on-one meetings with Habitat X faculty to discuss topics of your choice. Think of this as speed-meeting for busy professionals, and use it to build connections with like-minded colleagues.

6:30 – 9:30. Scheduled Class: HVAC for Home Performance. Habitat X faculty members will join Bruce Greenstein’s evening class as guest presenters. In the Pacific Heights Building.



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