Day 1 – Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Remodeling

7:00–8:15

Asbestos – Yes, it’s Still Around
Bob Rogalla, Nate Cox, Lake States Environmental, Ltd.

Our interactive display involves establishing a bedroom cut-away 12’ wide and 6’ deep within which we will show several locations and applications where asbestos can be found in residential remodeling and reconstruction. There are several developments that may significantly affect the residential and commercial construction industries. We will also be providing an overview of the applicability to residential situations.

8:30–10:00

Houses That Work for Existing Homes: Remodeling for Energy Efficiency - Part 1: The Basics
Gord Cooke, EEBA

In this segment participants learn how each change in existing homes over the years impacts other parts of a home and affects overall performance. These effects are very important as more and more houses will undergo significant energy efficiency improvements. This segment outlines the basic building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that everyone involved in remodeling needs to know to avoid risks and take advantage of opportunities presented by energy efficient remodeling projects.

10:30–12:00

Houses That Work for Existing Homes: Remodeling for Energy Efficiency - Part 2: Common Remodel Projects & Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Gord Cooke, EEBA

In this segment building science principles will be applied to the most common remodel projects that houses of various ages undergo. Specific remodel projects will be covered, and the instructor will outline the building science principles that apply and the important elements needed to ensure the project enhances safety, durability, health, comfort and efficiency of the home. Performance measures will be identified that can be applied to each project to ensure success, and the instructor will help identify technologies, products and strategies that are most appropriate for each remodel project and how they can be integrated into the process.

1:00–2:30

Houses That Work for Existing Homes: Remodeling for Energy Efficiency - Part 3: Common Remodel Projects Continued & Avoiding Pitfalls & Unintended Consequences
Gord Cooke, EEBA

The discussion of energy upgrades for specific remodeling projects will continue in the segment. Participants will also review the important risks to avoid when remodeling that could compromise health, safety or durability of buildings. This segment will also highlight “house as a system” issues that lead to unintended consequences.

3:00–4:30

Houses That Work for Existing Homes: Remodeling for Energy Efficiency - Part 4: Evaluating Energy Efficiency Opportunities & the Economics of Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Gord Cooke, EEBA

In this segment participants will learn how energy efficiency upgrades offer an excellent return on investment. They will learn the basics of how energy efficiency audits and performance measures can be used to evaluate and prioritize energy efficiency upgrades to use in individual homes. Topics covered in this segment will include the role of energy raters and building performance contractors, the role of testing such as blower doors, IR cameras, duct leakage and HVAC performance measures, the use of HERs ratings and other objective measures of performance. The process changes needed to implement energy efficient upgrades will also be discussed.