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2019 Conference Agenda

2019 Summer National

6:45-7:30

Morning yoga with Kelly Forster. Meet in the ground-floor lobby of Norm Asbjornson Hall. 

7:30 - 8:30

Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full breakfast in the second floor lobby by 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

Panel Discussion: Advocacy 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. Join us for this candid and interactive panel discussion, during which we’ll pursue a line of inquiry into current policy initiatives, likely barriers, and possible opportunities for those in the room.

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 and learn more about their careers and trajectories. With 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.

6:00 - 7:30

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. 

6:45-7:30

Morning yoga with Kelly Forster. Meet at the ground lobby of Norm Asbjornson Hall. 

7:30 - 8:30

Join your fellow Habitat Xers for a full 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: Consumer Ethics and Values. What makes buyers tick? It’s an age-old question that’s asked in every industry. But in the housing business, there’s an additional dimension in that homeownership is both very expensive and highly emotional. Join us as we dig into research and case studies that seek to shed light on the question that home performance practitioners have been asking for years, “We have an industry, now where are the buyers?”. The outcome for this workshop will actionable insights that are fine-tuned for each organization in the room.

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch. In the second floor lobby, or outdoors if weather permits.

1:00 - 2:30

Panel Discussion: Utilities in Crisis. 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. Join us as we learn what’s taking place in the board rooms of Investor Owned, Municipal, and Rural Utilities, and how their next steps will affect every sector of the sustainable housing business.

2:30 - 2:45

Break. Learn more about your new friends!

2:45 - 4:00

Panel Discussion: The Business of 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. We’ll address that gap in this year-long initiative — in this session we expect to create a takeaway that offers realistic guidance for industry practitioners.

4:00-4:15

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

4:15 - 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.

5:00 - 5:15

Wrap up and debrief.

5:15 - 6:00

Break. Travel the five blocks to Cleveland House for reception and dinner.

6:30 - 8:30

Hosted reception and Paella Cookout at Cleveland House. The Habitat X Fellows host us at their house-for-the-week. 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.

6:45-7:30

Morning yoga with Kelly Forster. Meet at the ground-floor lobby of Norm Asbjornson Hall. 

7:30 - 8:30

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

8:30 - 10:00

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

10:00 - 10:20

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

10:20 - 12:00

Open Space Presentations: we save this last morning’s slot for topics and presenters that are developed during the week. Evaluations show that this crowd-sourced session is often the BEST session of the conference.

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch. In the second floor lobby, or outdoors if weather permits.

1:00 - 2:30

Real Estate Update: Appraisal, Valuation, and Certification. 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. We’ll hear about these financial solutions in this session, learn how to apply them as current business solutions, and look into our crystal ball to see what financial instruments are likely to become available in the next few years.

2:30- 2:50

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

2:50 - 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.

8:30 - 12:00

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.

    • A leisurely stroll through Bozeman’s quaint northside neighborhood. Very scenic — we won’t go too far but the conversation will be good. We’ll make a stop at Wild Crumb Bakery.(included).
    • A more rigorous 3-mile hike to “The M”. Ultra scenic, with a good dose of cardio exercise (included).

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

 

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