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2019 Conference Agenda

2019 Summer National

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7:30 - 8:30

Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full hot breakfast in the second floor lobby outside Inspiration Hall. Registration will be open in the conference room.

8:30 - 10:00

Opening Session.  Welcome. Housekeeping. Introductions and flash interviews of participants. Introduction of the 2019 Habitat X Fellows. Four-minute previews of the Wednesday sessions.

10:00 - 10:20

Break. Snacks and beverages. Get out and stretch your legs!

10:20 - 12:00

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.

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch in the second floor lobby, with a view of Hyalite Range.

1:00 - 2:30

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.

2:30 - 2:45

Break. Beverages. Renew your friendships with other Habitat Xers.

2:45 - 4:00

Workshop: Converting Data into Money and Insights. There’s now a flood of data flowing out of homes. Some streams are guarded in proprietary systems, while others are publicly available but in widely varying and nearly inaccessible formats. All this equates to lost value and sub-optimum home performance.

Presenters Ely Jacobsohn and Jason Dispenza present a set of draft protocols to help capture, utilize, and share this data in ways that provide tools for programs, opportunities for industry, and protection for consumers. HPXML is part of the system, but there’s a lot more to it than that. In order to get there, we need ground rules, consumer protections, and a desire to collaborate in previously unprecedented ways. They’ll pose these questions for starters:

  • Why are Fortune 500 companies not actively participating in funding efficiency programs or staged retrofits?
  • Why is funding for Corporate Social Responsibility usually distributed to mega-projects and not to home-efficiency and renewable energy?
  • How do we get homeowners to call auditors regularly, like they do HVAC service technicians?

Ample time for deep-dive discussion: Ely and Jason hope to create an ongoing working group out of this session.

4:00-4:15

Break. Snacks and beverages. Grab a bite to eat and sit back for the daily interview.

4:15 - 5:00

Interviews. Today we’ll seat the 2019 Habitat X Fellows– Evan Carberry (ReVireo), Chris Mari (Healthy Home Energy & Consulting), Matt Soble (Sealed), and AJ Salkoski (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)–and learn more about their careers and trajectories. We’ll save time for ample Q&A.

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 Leigh Lounge in the Strand Union Building. Casual attire. Your families or guests are invited at no additional cost, but please add them to the event when you register.

7:30 - 9:00

No-host dinner at Bridger Brewing (three-block walk) and other nearby venues. 

7:15-7:45

Morning yoga with Kelly Forster. Simple standing poses and no special gear needed. Meet at the ground-floor lobby of Norm Asbjornson Hall. 

7:30 - 8:30

Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full hot breakfast in the second floor lobby at Norm Asbjornson Hall.

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 Thursday sessions.

10:00 - 10:20

Break. Snacks and beverages. Take some photos with old friends!

10:20 - 12:00

Workshop: The Good Business of Healthier 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. We’ll address that gap in this session, working together to develop actionable takeaways that include realistic guidance for industry practitioners. Ample time for Q&A. Presenters include Joe Medosch, Larry Zarker, and Kevin Kennedy.

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch. We’ll walk together to Rendezvous Dining Hall.

1:30 - 2:30

Open Space Presentations: we save this slot for topics and presentations by participants. Evaluations show that this crowd-sourced session is often the MOST appreciated session of the conference. Presenters include Paul Raymer, Phoebe Howe, Clint Shireman, Eric Preston, Charles Segerstrom, and Kevin Brenner.

If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, submit a proposal here.

2:30 - 2:45

Break. Learn more about your new friends!

2:45 - 4:00

Workshop: Is it Even Possible to Scale the Home Performance Industry? The principals of the Brighter Energy Collective will take a look at business models that have and have not worked to scale the home performance industry. Following examples of similar industries that have reached mass scale, they’ll share their analysis and summarize the lessons learned. With an emphasis on work-force development, they’ll reveal solutions for recruitment and training that have met with ample success. But they’ll also take a look at the sobering question posed by many people in the room: how do we meet the challenges of success?

Presenters include Ed Matos, Griffin Hagle, and Michelle Nochisaki. Ample time for Q&A.

4:00-4:15

Break. Beverages and snack. Get refreshed, then settle in for an entertaining interview.

4:15 - 5:00

Interviews. We seat Ely Jacobsohn, Robin LeBaron, and other luminaries for this interview, with an intent to learn about their best work, their inside views of industry, and their visions of the future. With ample time for Q&A.

5:00 - 5:15

Wrap up and debrief.

5:15 - 6:30

Break. Freshen up if you wish. Travel the five blocks to Cleveland House for reception and dinner.

6:30 - 8:30

Hosted reception and Paella Cookout at Cleveland House. This will be a fun and casual opportunity to mingle with other Habitat Xers and enjoy the long Montana evenings. Casual attire. Bring your friends and family at no cost, but do register them so we can plan accordingly.

7:15-7:45

Morning yoga with Kelly Forster. Simple standing poses and no special gear needed. Meet at the ground-floor lobby of Norm Asbjornson Hall. 

7:30 - 8:30

Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full hot breakfast in the second floor lobby outside Inspiration Hall.

8:30 - 9:00

Morning Summary. We review the previous day’s proceedings and fold them into our 2019 Action Plan.

9:00-10:00

Open Space Presentations. We stage a second round of brief and to-the-point presentations. Presenters include Joe Medosch, Edward Cottingham Jr., Andrea Michael, Kevin Palmer, and Griffin Hagle.

If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, submit a proposal here.

10:00 - 10:20

Break. Snacks and beverages. Make a plan to stay in touch with new colleagues!

10:20 - 12:00

Walking Tour. We’ll leave Inspiration Hall and cross the street to visit the famous old MSU Heating Plant. We’ll first get to marvel at these huge natural gas boilers that heat the entire campus, then we’ll descend into tunnels that trace every street on campus. It’s a real wonder of technology down there!

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch. In the second floor lobby outside the conference room.

1:00 - 2:00

Workshop: Capturing the Value of High Performance Housing. It’s a problem that’s been hard to solve until now: the markets don’t recognize the value of homes that are safe, efficient, comfortable, and durable. It’s tempting to say that the weak link is appraisers, or buyers, or realtors, or builders. But the reality is more nuanced than that, as are the solutions. Robin LeBaron will lead this session as we analyze the problem and formulate solutions. Put on your thinking cap for this one, and consider how your organization can help, because it’ll take every sector of the housing industry to create markets where high-performance homes get credit for their real value.

2:00- 2:20

Break. Snacks and beverages. Send a postcard back to the office bragging about the mountain views from downtown Bozeman!

2:20 - 4:00

Planning the Future. We review the draft Action Plan for 2019. This becomes a working document to which everyone can contribute after the conference, and before it’s released in Autumn 2019. We also lay the groundwork for the next year in the Habitat X network.

Adjourn.

7:00 - 9:00

Optional no-host dinner and networking opportunity at the Habitat X Country House.

9:00 - 12:00

If you’re still in town, you’re invited to join us for one of two optional outdoor excursions after the conference.

  • A leisurely stroll through Bozeman’s quaint Northside neighborhood. Very scenic — we won’t go far but the conversation will be good. We’ll make a stop at the famous Wild Crumb Bakery.
  • A rigorous 3-mile hike to “The M” or nearby Drinking Horse. Ultra scenic, with a view of five mountain ranges and a good dose of cardio exercise. Bring your own water.

 

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