Home Efficiency Forum 2016

October 12 – 14 | Spokane, WA

Home Efficiency Forum is an informative and interactive event where you can learn the latest developments in efficient technology and building best practices.

Come meet industry experts, network with peers and potential customers, earn CEUs, enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, get access to the latest tools and resources, find new vendors and suppliers, and help us continue to raise the bar for residential new home construction.

Home Efficiency Forum is designed for residential new home efficiency professionals—including Raters, Verifiers, builders, utility representatives, product manufacturers and real estate professionals.

This event strives to further our collective commitment to accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient building practices in residential new construction.

Questions? info@homeefficiencyforum.com

Event Dates

October 12: Opening Reception
October 13 – 14: Conference


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Spokane City Center

322 North Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, WA 99201

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View the full agenda and session schedule or click on the titles below to learn more about individual sessions.

Opening reception: Wednesday, October 12, 6-9 p.m.
Come celebrate the commencement of the conference! Network your way through an evening of food, libations and friendly conversation. Connect with industry leaders and colleagues at this special event open to all conference attendees. Enjoy opening remarks and key conference announcements by Neil Grigsby. Early conference check-in is open from 6-8pm.

The evening festivities include Pecha Kucha 20x20; a series of 5-7 minute stand up talks accompanied by simple multi-media presentations, or 20 images for 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha presentations themes can vary from exciting new construction technology and gizmos to your latest vacation photos. Interested in participating? Email us at info@homeefficiencyforum.com.

  • KEYNOTE: Looking at Tomorrow, Today

    John Tooley, Advanced Energy

    We will explore how we live in an age of rapid evolution. Calculating, computing and consuming are increasing at a rate never seen before. Change shows no sign of subsiding, and we as business owners and employees must continually prepare for the future to better our businesses, our lives, and learning. Our future looks bright; it’s ours for the taking.

    About the keynote speaker:
    John started building houses in 1979 and by 1982 had begun to diagnosis and retrofit homes across the nation. He was inducted into the Building Performance Institute's Hall of Fame for lifetime commitment and dedication to the Home Performance Industry and was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry. He has been the principle designer of some of the largest building programs in the nation. John has a refreshing approach to the old adage “do it right the first time.” He presents a real life, blue-collar approach to building a more profitable business. John consults, and trains thousands of contractors from every trade each year. His messages are filled with solutions for today’s issues.

  • New Multifamily Buildings from Above Code to Zero Energy Ready

    Jess Kincaid, Bonneville Power Administration

    Phillip Kelsven, Bonneville Power Administration

    Tadashi Shiga, Evergreen Certified LLC

    Multifamily New Construction remains a difficult sector to transform to energy efficient construction despite the fact that the necessary technologies already exist and green building certifications have seen widespread acceptance.

    Bonneville Power Administration is engaging utilities and energy professional across the country for advice on redesigning its Multifamily New Construction Efficiency Measures. During this session, we will provide brief context and a summary of our discussions to date. We will follow with a facilitated participant discussion to hear what builders and raters would like Bonneville to consider in redesigning this program.

  • Built Green Homes: How Much Electricity Do They Actually Use?

    Leah Missik, Built Green, Master Builders Association

    Policy makers often rely on green home certification programs to incentive green building. Builders and realtors rely on these certification programs to market their homes as better performing than homes built to code. However, these claims are largely based on energy models, rather than actual post-occupancy energy use. Though models are a useful tool, they do not always accurately estimate energy use, particularly since occupant behavior cannot be factored in. To draw conclusions about the actual energy savings resulting from ascribing to Built Green certification protocol, we undertook, to our knowledge, the largest post-occupancy study comparing certified to non-certified homes to date.

    The data for this analysis include nearly 1000 cases, roughly half serving as the control group of non-certified homes and half accounting for Built Green certified homes. All homes were completed in 2014 in the city of Seattle and the occupancy data for the calendar year following completion, 2015, were examined.

    This session will describe the study’s importance, its methods, and its limitations. The final results on how Built Green homes, at different star-levels, compare to non-certified homes in electricity use will be revealed. Furthermore, the impact these outcomes have on builders, realtors, policy makers, and others in the green building sector will be discussed. Lessons learned for green building certification program managers will also be addressed, so these certifications can continue to boost their environmental impact and prominence.

  • The IAQ Marketing Challenge in New Construction

    Peter Troast, Energy Circle

    New construction usually focuses on the building structure and mechanicals, avoiding the issue that will inevitably come up for an eventual homeowner: indoor air quality. To ensure quality builds, IAQ should be addressed early. However, it can be challenging to think ahead and sell builders on IAQ. We’ll directly address this challenge to help overcome the lack of awareness around this serious issue and the need to later retrofit IAQ solutions into a build.

  • Leveraging Adult Learning Principles to Add Value to your Builders

    Bill Taylor, Advanced Energy

    Dan Wildenhaus, CLEAResult

    Adults need to be involved in their learning through relevant, problem-solving oriented experiences. Join us as we explore classic adult learning principles and apply them to your builder interactions. You’ll leave with a list of questions targeting builder needs as well as potential solutions based on responses.

  • Panel: Demystifying Home Certification Programs in the Northwest

    Matt Christie moderating, TRC Energy Services

    Leah Missik, MBA of King and Snohomish Counties, representing Built Green Washington

    Rick Gazica, ICF International, representing ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes

    Jami Haaning, CLEAResult, representing the Energy Performance Score

    Are you looking to differentiate your company's offerings to builders or potential home buyers? Home certification programs provide powerful brand recognition to increase your value in the new homes market, and support high quality building practices in your home communities. This session assembles representatives from active Northwest-based and national home certification programs, so you can build your knowledge on new trends in home certification programs and determine which best suit your company goals. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance will also share on a new initiative to support alignment across program data tracking and modeling protocols, making it easier for participants to engage with multiple programs and utilities.

  • Energy Efficient Home Valuation Through Data Centralization and Sharing

    Bob Burns, Pivotal Energy Solutions

    Fiona Douglas-Hamilton, SEEC LLC

    Matthew Christie, TRC Energy Services

    Michael Atkins, Earth Advantage

    Centralizing and automating the collection, validation, and quality assurance of regional and national voluntary energy efficiency program data can provide benefits for verifiers, home builders, and program sponsors. Attend this session and learn how various energy efficiency and "green" program data can be consolidated, shared, and leveraged among stakeholders and the real estate market to drive proper valuation of energy efficient homes.

  • Myths and Mandates of Spray Foam

    Eric Bell, Westside Drywall & Insulation, Inc.

    Spray foam can be a great product for thermal barriers, air infiltration, and as a solution for difficult to insulate areas. A quality application must be calculated correctly and installed precisely. Find out the myths behind spray foam and how a carefully designed installation can get you out of a tight situation.

  • How to Make Money with REM/RateTM

    David Hales, Washington State University Extension Energy Program

    Dietrich Schmitz, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

    There are a growing number of opportunities to use REM/Rate to facilitate the building process and provide builders and buyers significant incentives at the same time. A single REM/Rate run can document qualification for ENERGY STAR®, a HERS rating, a $2,000 federal tax credit for builders, performance based code compliance, beyond code utility incentives and a .25% reduction in a buyer's mortgage rate in Washington State. Even existing homes in Washington can qualify for the .25% mortgage rate reduction by including a documented 10% energy use reduction retrofit at time of financing. Learn the details to grow your markets.

  • ENERGY STAR in the Northwest

    Rick Gazica, ICF International

    Preston Kuckuck, Performance Insulation

    Come hear from the ENERGY STAR team as well as Preston Kuckuck of Performance Insulation on how ENERGY STAR can help recruit builders and grow work in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Making the Case for Best Practice Residential Construction: Selling the Services of Energy Professionals

    Ken Baker, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

    This course will empower energy professionals to develop a business case for their services. Attendees will become knowledgeable of their role in energy code compliance, learn to identify the needs of various target audiences, and discover how to effectively identify and communicate their services.

  • HRVs and Central Air Handler Integration

    Bruce Manclark, CLEAResult

    Why do folks care about integrating HRVs? They are the best way to ventilate, sell at a higher profit margin, and can reduce call backs due to comfort issues. Not only do HRVs satisfy code requirements, they add value to the customer through indoor air quality with minimal impacts to cost and comfort. Combining the HRV and ducted heating into an “integrated system” requires less space, and fewer ducts and holes cut into the building. Join us for this session and put the V back in HVAC!

  • Residential Building Solutions with Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Mini-Split Systems

    Greg Davenport, Mitsubishi Electric

    Kimberly Llewellyn, Mitsubishi Electric

    Session description: Mitsubishi Electric representatives will discuss the implementation of VRF products in new home construction. Energy efficiency, comfort and IAQ will support the basis of choosing VRF products for standard and above-code construction projects. This session will include a brief overview of product types and technology, as well as a more in-depth look into successful whole-home and zonal applications.

  • Everything You Need to Know About A. O. Smith Heat Pump Water Heaters

    Chris Smothers, A. O. Smith

    Session description: Water heaters typically use more energy than a household’s refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer combined. The A. O. Smith Voltex ® hybrid electric heat pump water heater dramatically decreases the cost of operation and can translate into significant savings for the homeowner over its lifespan. Learn how A. O. Smith heat pump water heaters work, how to size heat pumps for home installations, how to service and maintain them, and what rebate programs are currently available.

  • Super-Insulated Walls

    Thomas Anreise, CLEAResult

    As codes and voluntary program requirements continue to become more stringent, it is critical to explore new options for higher performance walls. This session will address the considerations around several wall types, their best applications, and their potential for future-proofing against code changes.

  • Equipment Selection for Modern Times

    Mark Jerome, CLEAResult

    Many of us are trained and experienced in system design and equipment selection for conventional HVAC configurations. However, modern heating equipment types often challenge these traditional approaches. This session will teach attendees how to apply system design and equipment selection principles on the latest equipment configurations, addressing inverter driven heat pumps, micro-modulating furnaces, and other technologies.

  • Peter Troast One-On-One Consultations

    Attend an individual consultation with social media guru Peter Troast to learn tips and best practices for promoting your business. Those who wish to make an appointment with Peter can sign up at the registration booth during the conference.

    Is your website performance lackluster? During this one-on-one consultation we’ll talk about how to measure your websites strength and potential including a look at your Google Analytics. We’ll talk about industry best practices and simple ways to audit your site. This is a game plan you can use to reinvigorate your website again and again.

  • Axis One-on-One Sessions

    Clinton Heyn of Pivotal Energy Solutions will be available to provide users with one-on-one sessions on Axis processes and recent enhancements. These sessions will be beneficial to Raters, Providers and utility representatives, with hands-on guidance and answers for your technical and process-related questions on the homes database.

After Dark

Join us for Home Efficiency Forum After Dark on Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m. The After Dark event will be held at the iconic Steam Plant, located in a renovated historic landmark in the heart of downtown Spokane (159 S Lincoln St., Spokane, WA). Just look for the twin smokestacks.


We have an exciting lineup of guest speakers and industry experts to bring you the latest home efficiency strategies, approaches and technologies. This year’s speakers include:

  • John Tooley Advanced Energy
  • Tadashi Shiga Evergreen Certified LLC
  • Michael Atkins Earth Advantage
  • Jess Kincaid Bonneville Power Administration
  • Leah Missik Built Green, Master Builders Association
  • Phillip Kelsven Bonneville Power Administration
  • Peter Troast Energy Circle
  • Bob Burns Pivotal Energy Solutions
  • Bill Taylor Advanced Energy
  • Matt Christie TRC Energy Services
  • Eric Bell Westside Drywall & Insulation, Inc.
  • David Hales Washington State University Extension Energy Program
  • Rick Gazica ICF International
  • Preston Kuckuck Performance Insulation
  • Michael Atkins Earth Advantage
  • Chris Smothers A.O. Smith
  • Greg Davenport Mitsubishi Electric
  • Kimberly Llewellyn Mitsubishi Electric
  • Ken Baker Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Jami Haaning CLEAResult, representing the Energy Performance Score
  • Dietrich Schmitz Washington State Housing Finance Commission
  • Bruce Manclark CLEAResult
  • Thomas Anreise CLEAResult
  • Dan Wildenhaus CLEAResult
  • Mark Jerome CLEAResult


We would like to thank the following partners for their generous support of Home Efficiency Forum 2016:





In the heart of downtown, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Spokane City Center puts you right in the middle of the action. This stylish, comfortable hotel is within walking distance of a vibrant district of shops and restaurants.

A group rate is available to attendees at a cost of $115 per night, plus all applicable state and local taxes. Book your room by September 23 to take advantage of the group discount. Reservations made after that date will reflect the hotel’s best available rate, while rooms are available.



Parking is provided for all hotel guests on a space available basis. Current parking rates are $12.00 plus tax for overnight self-parking and $18.00 plus tax for overnight valet parking and are subject to change. The hotel is offering a day pass parking at $6 per vehicle.

You can also view alternate parking options here.


Energy Trust of Oregon Verifiers may use their Trade Ally training incentive, which covers $400 in training fees per person, with a maximum of $1,200 per company (contact newhomes@energytrust.org for more information). Partners are encouraged to inquire about similar programs in their area to see if additional incentives are available.


As a Regional RESNET Conference, Home Efficiency Forum 2016 is approved for 6 CEUs per day, October 13-14. 11 sessions have been approved for a total of 16 BPI CEUs. Check the session schedule for CEU details.